Rachel's Promise by Shelly SandersRachel's Promise by Shelly Sanders

Rachel's Promise

byShelly Sanders

Perfect | September 16, 2013

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It is 1904, and Rachel and her family are leaving Russia to escape the continuing riots against Jews. They take the Trans-Siberian Railway across the country and board a ship to Shanghai. Life is difficult and strange in this new city, but Rachel's luck changes when she finds a job writing for a newspaper. Meanwhile, Sergei finds that working in a factory in St. Petersburg is not only miserable but dangerous, and he soon joins the rebelling socialist workers. Through letters, Rachel and Sergei share their dream of moving to America to find a better life. The story that began in Rachel's Secret continues in this, the second novel in the Rachel Trilogy.
Shelly Sanders has worked as a freelance writer for almost twenty years. The character of Rachel in Rachel's Secret and Rachel’s Promise was inspired by Shelly's grandmother, a Russian Jew who fled to Shanghai to escape persecution and then made her way to the United States, where she was the first Jewish woman to be accepted into the ...
Title:Rachel's PromiseFormat:PerfectDimensions:250 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:September 16, 2013Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927583144

ISBN - 13:9781927583142


From the Author

Toronto StarJanuary 2, 2014Re: Publishing's next chapter, Dec. 28Publishing's next chapter, Dec. 28Though I see the rise in self-publishing, as a traditional author I'm not a fan for two reasons: most self-published books are not properly edited, and authors pay to get them printed.My first two books, Rachel's Secret and Rachel's Promise(Second Story Press) were first edited in-house, followed by an outside editor with more than 30 years of publishing experience, and then were copy edited. The final manuscripts were much stronger than the ones I submitted; Rachel's Secret went on to receive a Starred Review in Booklist, was deemed "critical for its underexplored subject" in Kirkus Reviews, and is in its third printing. Good editors are invaluable resources, helping authors become better writers.The second reason I don't like self-publishing is because I don't want to pay for my books to be printed. It took me a year to find a publisher, but I never considered self-publishing. I wanted the credibility of an experienced publisher behind me and I've never regretted this decision.Rachel's Promise just received a 4-Star Review from the Manitoba Library Association, and I was awarded a substantial grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to write the third book in the Rachel Trilogy. Soon, I'll be enduring months of gruelling revisions. But I won't complain, because I'll be growing as a writer, and will have my third book published without spending a dime of my own money.- Shelly Sanders

Editorial Reviews

Sanders combines her own family history with larger known historical events - the Russo-Japanese War, the organized strikes of pre-revolutionary Russia and the Jewish community that settled in Shanghai. The style, with its simple declarative sentences, makes this a fine choice for younger readers.