New Book about 1853 Voyage of the Reform

I am very excited and wanted to let you know that I have written my first book, and after sending it to at least a half a dozen publishers and receiving as many rejections, the book has been published. A big “Thank you!” goes out to Weldon Mersiovsky of the Wendish Research Exchange and Mr. Ron Lammert from HPN (Historical Publishing Network) without whom the book would not have been published. The book is titled A Voyage of Hopes and Dreams. Eighteen year old Andreas tells the story of his trip from Kaschel, Saxony to New Ulm, Texas that he took when he was 6 years old. The story is historical fiction. The dates used are the dates of the trip the 35 Wends took in 1853 and includes the joy of the birth of Andreas’ sister Agnes during the voyage on the Reform, the heartache of the death of a 1 year old boy, the tragedy of the running aground of the brig Reform off the coast of Cuba, and the generosity of total strangers who helped the crew and passengers of the Reform to get to their desired destinations.

A Voyage of Hopes and Dreams is a quick read that can be enjoyed by both young and old. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book, you can contact me directly by commenting on this post or you can purchase it at for $7.95 (I am offering it at the same price as Amazon but my price includes shipping). I would also love to hear any and all comments you have with regard to the book.


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