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By Accident of Birth by [Simmons, Thomas E.]
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Length: 485 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The epic account of the life of Beverly Bethany Quinn. A most incredible life and tragic end begins in 1915 as BB Quinn receives a call from the British Crown saying she is in possession of a cache of arms stored in her sugar mill warehouse in Cuba. An era she thought long past is resurrected in the last “special cargo” shipment to England to aid the allies in WWI. In preparation for the trip, she re-reads her mother’s and Dr. Perkins diaries which brings us to that fate-filled day in 1863 and takes us on a journey we will never forget…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1688 KB
  • Print Length: 485 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TouchPoint Press (29 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018R5MM1E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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By Jeanie on 25 March 2016
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From page one, I was drawn into the life of BB Quinn. Immediately, there was the vision of a montage of Scout, Scarlet O’Hara and Elizabeth Swann; a spunky, gorgeous, raven-haired, green-eyed Tom-boy who never had ‘can’t’ in her vocabulary. Raised by Negro nannies and men of stature (a doctor and a gun-runner), she learned her manners as well as how to handle guns and men; both of which she would never really trust. You could not help but cheer her on and keep turning pages. I craved more at the end, but I won’t have to wait long. The sequel, The Last Quinn Standing, will be out soon. This is a book I will purchase and give as gifts for years to come. Bravo!
— CJ Loiacono
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Page Turner 3 January 2016
By Lovee - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this book five stars, because even though it's not the type of book I usually read, I just couldn't put it down. I usually read more than one book at a time, but I hardly read my other books. It is well written with good character development for a modern action adventure novel. It has war and romance. I had to find out what happened to Bethany. Also, the plot had all kinds of twists and turns. Since it is also a historical fiction novel, some general predictions can be made, if you know history, but that's it. The author uses the history to transport the reader to that place and time. It also shows how important heritage and culture are to people from the South. It also shows another side of the Civil War, a history that is not usually taught. It gives the Southern side a human face. As a result, the reader is pulled into the story. In addition, there is a bibliography at the end so that the reading doesn't have to end. In fact, it has motivated me to read more Spanish history and to refresh my memory of French history and culture. I don't want to get too specific, because I don't want to spoil any of the book for anyone else. That is a real danger in writing reviews for novels. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to be pulled into a story, but also who enjoys being given more to read which leads to even more reading. Read it!
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 8 December 2015
By martha sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
All her life a beauty in the eyes of others, Bethany Quinn considers herself a “freak” because of the circumstances of her birth and “fortune’s whore” because of the war-shadowed path she is compelled to follow. Conceived through violence, she continues life along an often bloody path that carries her from childhood into womanhood, from rural postwar Reconstruction Mississippi to the Caribbean, from war-scarred Paris to civil war in Cuba. There are two loves in her life, one lost to the Orient, the other, a wounded prisoner of the Spanish. At one point she sinks to the edge of madness from the part she plays in an unintended disaster. With help, she finds the will and strength to recover only to be swept up in yet another war. All aspects of the work are controlled in a flowing and creative style that plays within the confines of historical events and geographical settings, a sweeping tale full of drama, passion and adventure spanning the less traveled period from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of World War I (1863-1915). By Accident of Birth suffuses well-researched, factual incidents with fiction in a seamless manner that gives the reader historic realism during a memorable and exciting journey.
5.0 out of 5 stars historical fiction at its best 29 December 2015
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Historical fiction is my favorite read but I want to be thoroughly entertained while learning some solid history. This book does just that; an astonishing blend of fictional and real characters woven into historical events in a highly readable saga that sweeps from the U.S. Civil War through the Spanish American war to the cusp of WW I. Following the very human and complex protagonist, Beverly Bethany Quinn, we live through the Siege of Vicksburg, post-war hardships, travel Europe, board sailing vessels and battleships and live in Cuba while the events and deceptions leading to “Remember the Maine” are intricately told; we understand how war’s horrors in one time and place spread far to affect other countries and haunt future generations. It is impossible to tell where the line lies between truth and fiction as the fictitious characters and famous historic figures interact yet the author’s extensive research and factual detailed descriptions assure the reader of authenticity. As the tag line from a beloved 1950’s Walter Cronkite TV series said, “all things are as they were then and you are there.”
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever! 2 December 2015
By Jeanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
From page one, I was drawn into the life of BB Quinn. Immediately, there was the vision of a montage of Scout, Scarlet O’Hara and Elizabeth Swann; a spunky, gorgeous, raven-haired, green-eyed Tom-boy who never had ‘can’t’ in her vocabulary. Raised by Negro nannies and men of stature (a doctor and a gun-runner), she learned her manners as well as how to handle guns and men; both of which she would never really trust. You could not help but cheer her on and keep turning pages. I craved more at the end, but I won’t have to wait long. The sequel, The Last Quinn Standing, will be out soon. This is a book I will purchase and give as gifts for years to come. Bravo!
— CJ Loiacono
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a fast-paced trip down a water slide! 27 June 2016
By Eleanor J. Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
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Simmons writes this epic story by combining the intrigue of a mystery with exceptional writing skills and with the expertise of an historian. This book sucks the reader into a fast-paced journey with the ease of a trip down a water slide. It is a remarkable work of art! One can't stop reading.this novel as the character development is so exceptional, so appealing they leap off the page and surround the reader like family. It leaves the reader wanting more and regretting reading the last words on the last page. We want to continue the journey and lose ourselves again in this epic tale.