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Beguiling Dreams
by Fred G Stemme   

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Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Amber Quill Press ISBN-10:  1529798640 Type: 


Copyright:  Apr 20 2004

Beguilng Dreams is an historical novel that takes place in 1915. The locale is the fictional town of Calvin, Indiana. The story is about dreams, how they influence a person's life - how they can be in conflict or be in harmony with someone else's dreams.

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Young Hank Braddock, among other things, dreams of being a full-fledged reporter. His girl friend Becky dreams of climbing the town's social ladder. She sees Hank, as does the rest of the town, as an up-and-comer. Mr. Smith, Hank’s boss at the town's newspaper, dreams of taking a long vacation out West. And Mr. Conner, owner of the cannery outside of town, dreams of creating and maintaining a large power base.

A flood, a train derailment and eventually a strike effects the course of everyone's dreams, sending them along new pathways. No one will ever be the same again.


They sat close together and Hank slid the card along the cradle to get its three dimensional view. It was of the Eiffel Tower. He studied all the minuscule detail and the people in the scene. He placed himself in the picture, trying to get a feel of Paris all around him.

“Are you through?” Becky asked.

“Oh, sure.”

Becky glanced quickly at the picture and handed the stereoscope back to him.

He put in another picture. It was of Notre Dame. He gazed at the cathedral’s mammoth size. “Huh, makes our little church seem puny, doesn’t it?”

“Yes, but I’d lots rather go to it,” she said, glancing at the picture and handing it back.

Picture after picture, Hank eyed the scenes of Paris—outdoor cafes, bridges with ornate statuary and the inside of large train stations. The last one showed the Arc de Triomphe.

He sighed, handing it to Becky. “Jeez, those are something. You can almost feel like you’re right there.”

The chimes of the grandfather clock struck nine times and Becky stirred uncomfortably. Hank took the cue and replaced the stereoscope on the piano as Becky returned the box of pictures to the cabinet. They met at the front door and kissed good night. Her kiss was more passionate than normal. She hugged him, pushing her body aggressively against his. Finally, she pulled away.

“The Mickelsons should be home soon,” she said, her voice sounding husky.

Hank stepped backwards. “Sure, I understand.”

It was a sultry evening. He felt restless and decided that instead of going to Shakey’s, he’d just walk around until he got tired. The two contrasting scenes kept coming back to him; Becky glowing with obvious maternal contentment that caused her passion to erupt and the streets of Paris. Ordinarily, they might not be mutually

exclusive, but Becky did not try to hide her disdain for anything foreign.Yet, those Paris streets called out to him as if he were a sailor listening to the siren call of the mermaids lolling

on the rocks of a distant shoreline.

Confused and tired, he walked home and went to bed.

Professional Reviews

Beguiling Dreams by Fred Stemme
History comes alive! Mr. Stemme has reproduced the flavor of small town life in Calvin , Indiana, just after the turn of the century until World War I loomed on the horizon. The

characters step off the pages to feel and think and react as if they were real. The background is one where you can almost hear the horses clattering over the cobbles and feel

the summer heat beneath the tight collars on men's shirts.

The description brings the town alive.

Young Hank Braddock turns the corner into adulthood and leaves

childhood behind. He is faced with unexpected conflicts daily in his quest to become a news reporter and earn the right to live his own life. He learns early some of the toughest lessons of growing up. The town where he grew up, changes imperceptibly as he realizes people are not who he thought they were.

New experiences bring new friends as he learns. Some of these

experiences put him at odds with what he has been taught and he must make decisions and stand behind the results.

I recommend this book as an interesting, well-written story by a very talented author who I hope will soon follow with another.

Anne K. Edwards, eBook Reviews Weekly

Author of "Journey Into Terror"

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