Reader's Digest Condensed Books-Silversword Texas Bracken-Volume 4 1986 Author:Phyllis A. Whitney, James A. Michener, Elizabeth Webster SILVERSWORD BY PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY — Maui. The lush Hawaiian island that Caroline Kirby had called home-until her parents' tragic death. After twenty-six years, Caroline has returned to learn the truth about their devastating accident. With the help of David Reed, her childhood friend, she follows a trail of long buried memories to the menacing... more » volcanic crater where it all happened. What secret lies hidden in that desolate place of swirling sands and sliversword plants? Was it really an accident that fatal day? Or a shocking murder?
TEXAS BY JAMES A. MICHENER
The Spanish called the harsh wilderness Tejas. The land was inhospitable, even murderous. Yet it lured countless men and women, all ready to risk everything to tame the rugged frontier...
-The Garzas: proud Mexicans determined to preserve their heritage and reclaim the territory they believed was theirs.
-The Quimpers: hard-luck settlers hungering for land, who would turn a small riverside claim into a ranching empire.
-The Macnabs: fearless men who fought through the dark days of the Alamo, and as Texas Rangers helped bring law to the fledgling state.
-The Cobbs: southern aristocrats who planted cotton under bright Texas skies but could not escape the storm clouds of the Civil War.
-The Rusks: pioneers who faced the Indians, and whose longhorn cattle roamed over prairie hiding a priceless treasure-oil!
BRACKEN BY ELIZABETH WEBSTER
For Bracken, a Gypsy boy, the English countryside is an enchanted place-from its majestic swans gliding on a shimmering lake to badgers gamboling in the moonlight. This is Bracken's world, a world he wants to share with a new friend, London journalist Jake Farrant. Fatally ill, Jake has rented a cottage in the Cotswolds to be alon. But the irrepressible Bracken won't let him be, and soon Jake too is marveling at the Gypsy boy's world-at the miracle of a dragonfly's wing, a nightingale's song, a kestrel flying tree...« less