The Yellow Rose of Texas, A Novel
By Ben Durr with Anne Corwin
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In this epic saga that blends legend and fact, Miss Emily Morgan, once known as Rose, uses her breathtaking beauty and intelligence to charm every man who crosses her path, and through soaring ambition, loyalty, and suffering helps determine the future of the Republic of Texas as well as the United States. This is surprising since the women of her lineage are slaves. But she is an exceptional woman whose dream to "be somebody special" prompts her to make choices that find her entangled in an adventure of love, friendship, romance, rebellion, rapid change, disappointment, and joy during the days of slavery. Her triumphs and tragedies revolve around historically accurate events as she pursues a life of compromise and betrayal. Along the way, the reader is swept into a web of drama and excitement, building up to the surrender of Generalissimo Santa Anna de Lopez's sword, army and Mexico's claim of the frontier land of Texas to General Sam Houston and his ill-disciplined Texans following the Battle of San Jacinto.
THE UVALDE LEADER-NEWS reports: "The authors' Miss Emily is a feminist at a time when women's roles were defined by men. It took inspired writing to convince me that a mulatto woman could make her way from New York to Buffalo Bayou, but convince me they did. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to a historical novelist is that the line between fiction and fact blurs to the point of indistinction. 'Miss Emily' is well worth reading, even for those not particularly interested in Texas history.
BEN DURR, a farm boy from Lincoln County, Mississippi, has lived in Texas the past 40 years and is currently CEO of Memorial Hospital in Uvalde, Texas. He spends free time with his wife, three children and three grandchildren at his wife's Casa de Leona Bed & Breakfast on the Leona River. Growing up on a farm with sharecroppers gave him insight on the cultural and societal structures of the South. Durr has visited all the sites involved in the Battle of San Jacinto and has spent the last 20 years researching, collecting and refining the spurious details of the heroine in this book, his first novel.
ANNE CORWIN spent the first 10 years of her life in the mountains of Colombia where her parents were missionaries. Following her marriage and birth of her daughter, she gained a master's degree in social work and years of experience in journalism, she has spent much of her adult life traveling, taking her personal sense of God into the worlds of professional charity and public opinion. Living in a cabin near the Nueces River, she now tends a garden and finds herself amazed to be in Texas.
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