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In 1661, Lucas Turner, a barber surgeon, and his sister, Sally, an apothecary, stagger off a small wooden ship after eleven weeks at sea. Bound to each other by blood and necessity, they aim to make a fresh start in the rough and rowdy Dutch settlement of Nieuw Amsterdam; but soon lust, betrayal, and murder will make them mortal enemies. In their struggle to survive in the New World, Lucas and Sally make choices that will burden their descendants with a legacy of secrets and retribution, and create a heritage that sets cousin against cousin, physician against surgeon, and, ultimately, patriot against Tory.

In what will be the greatest city in the New World, the fortunes of these two families are inextricably entwined by blood and fire in an unforgettable American saga of pride and ambition, love and hate, and the becoming of the dream that is New York City.

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City of Dreams
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January 1st, 2014
This took me a long time to read but it was an interesting read. It is different than other historical fiction books I have read due to the focus on the medical aspect of the 17th/18th century. It was gruesome in its detail but gives you a feeling of desperation that both patient and doctor must have felt. For this reason I would recommend this book. There were characters that captured the imagination but also characters that got lost in the book or thst I could not follow.
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September 14th, 2013
Being an avid reader of historical novels, City of Dreams and its 3 sequels were among the most interesting novels I have had the pleasure to find.Have read them for the second time and no less interesting.Can be recommended to historical buffs!
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