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A Dream of Steam

As the autumn shipping season draws to a close, Captain Thomas McGrath steps ashore to help his ambitious brother William rebuild the family sawmill. Despite Thomass aversion to debt, William convinces him to borrow heavily so they might convert their ailing, water-powered mill to steam. While adapting to the new technology, Thomas finds himself navigating between ax-wielding log pirates, hostile longshoremen, and his brothers obsession with finding his estranged wife. The newly retooled mill is ramping up lumber production when the winds of fortune turn. Thomas has set sail again when a financial crisis hits, running the brothers afoul of John Fitzpatrick, a crooked bank officer employed by their lender. Fitzpatricks crimes push the McGrath Brothers Lumber Company to the edge of ruin, forcing Thomas to consider a high risk proposal if he wants to save their livelihood and get out of debt.Set in 1890s Michigan, A Dream of Steam is a story of sailing ships and lumberjacks, hope and disa...

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ISBN : 9780692146378
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 338 pages
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A Dream of Steam Reviews

  • ♥ Sandi ❣

    3.5 stars Thank you to the author for a copy of this book.

    I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book. I found it to be an interesting historical novel, one inspired by a true story, and written by a new author. I believe that this published just a week ago.

    The setting is the Michigan Ontario area surrounding the Great Lakes. Two brothers, William and Thomas McGrath, join forces to be one of the first to have a steam powered sawmill in the 1890's. William, manager of the mill and Thomas,

  • Terris

    I very much enjoyed this story, set in the late 1800's, about two brothers who own a ship and a lumber yard. Surprisingly, there was a lot of drama and excitement, but the characters also seemed very realistic. The book was well-written, nicely paced, and historically accurate. I appreciated the author's attention to the details of the era. I learned a lot about shipping and also the use of steam in a timber mill. But the story does not get dragged down by this information, as there is also a li ...more

  • Mari LivTollefsonCarlson

    Based on a true story about a sawmill’s fate from 1889, this reimagined historical fiction version includes romance, ships and desperados.

    Comprised of four books, the novel builds steadily to a fever pitch at the end. The first book introduces a wide cast of characters.  Brothers William and Thomas McGrath own and operate a lumber business. Ambitious, headstrong William is in charge of the mill and happy-go-lucky, sea-faring Thomas moves the products on the ship Genevieve.  In 1891, they request