William Sterner’s story begins in the late 1700s on the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, during the period known as The Rage for Wheat. His quest to build a fortune based on wheat leads him to Livorno, Tuscany, during the Napoleonic wars where he meets the Enlightenment salonniêre, Madame de Staël. Join him on his journey home to The Land of Three Houses.
Bill Stahl, president of the Historical Society of Hilltown Township
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. First of all, I love historical fiction, especially when it features local areas. Also, I learned a lot about how the milling business worked. There were so many mills in this area, the vast majority are long gone. I also enjoyed the pure history of our nation’s tense relationship with France after the French Revolution. And of course the relationships of the characters as the thread of the story from beginning to end.
John Maxwell, Author, chef, and Virginia television personality
Rich in historical detail, The Land of Two Houses is a romantic adventure that unfolds on two continents at the end of the 18th century. In the turmoil of post-Revolution America and Napoleonic France, William Sterner struggles to find love and wealth. What he finds will surprise you. Join him on his journey home.
Richard Rose (Author, poet, and songwriter)
… I found your book very engaging. The details about the life of the 1790s, the details about milling, shipping, politics, Lenape beliefs, Mme Stael’s problems with Napoleon, and day to day life in Pennsylvania were meticulously documented. My familiarity with Bucks County & surrounds made it even more interesting. The plot had some surprising turns. Good for history buffs, general audiences, young adults (especially boys–maybe those who like scouting or camping), and possibly the basis for a screenplay.
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