“Your life will never be exciting if you’re afraid to risk becoming cold and wet. You and I, we throw caution to the wind! We swim to the greatest depths! We face the sea!”Voyage of the Sandpiper
Summer, 1939. When fifteen-year-old Agatha’s mother falls gravely ill, she is shipped off to the coast of Maine to live with her aunt, Edith Philipa Gordan, an eccentric writer who hasn’t finished a novel in decades and paints birds obsessively. What begins as a dull summer immediately takes a turn towards adventure with the arrival of Edie’s old beau, Horatio Macleay, and his handsome nephew. With WWII looming on the horizon, Agatha and her new group of friends race against time and across continents to complete their mission before it is too late. Along the way, Agatha learns the importance of trusting in the perfect timing of God and discovers the power of hope. 12+
“I highly recommend this book for youth and adults alike! It’s a beautifully written adventure that will touch your heart and draw you in. You truly connect with the characters and their spiritual growth along the way! I’m so glad I picked up this book and, as a high school teacher, am excited to recommend it to my students.” –-Jessica S. High-school Teacher
Newlyweds Piper and Peter return to Maine after Peter is injured on the North African front believing they are in for a quiet winter. When Aunt Edie sends them a mysterious manuscript, their vacation plans are pushed to the wayside. As the Adleman sisters struggle to find a place to call home, Peter and Piper must discover their new calling as the USA determines to remain neutral in the face of the rising Axis powers in Europe. 12+
“Someone recommended this book to me, and I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t wait to read the rest of the series after I finished Voyage of the Sandpiper. The characters are thoughtful and developed. I feel as though they represented people I knew conveying real heartache and adventure. The fast-pace plot takes you on an adventure with the multi-faceted group of characters you come to know and love. This book has it all – adventure, love, intrigue- in one of the most thrilling and controversial times in all of human history.” Deborah S. Counselor
Peter and Piper’s quiet life on Honolulu comes to an abrupt close when Aunt Edie and Uncle Horatio arrive for a surprise visit along with the Adleman Sisters. With no foreseeable end to WWII in sight, Piper and her cousins learn to trust God in the unknown and in the process discover what really matters. 12+
If I am going to invest my time and mental energy into a book over 350 pages, I require 3 things of the author: relatable characters who are well developed, a non-linear story line that will keep me interested throughout, and a sense-of-place narrative that will transport me to the action without a lot of imagination on my part. Jessica Glasner delivers all three, in spades… John Y.
Praise for The Seabirds
“After 3 books, I am running out of ways to express my admiration for JG’s writing. Herman Wouk was the last author to write this comprehensive and engaging a series of novels about a single family’s journey through the global madness that was WWII. He would be very impressed with JG’s series. Hints of Michener also permeate this South Pacific chapter of her adventures. In the words of Piper: “She’s the one who has the ability to draw out mystery and intrigue, to create characters out of words that come alive right in front of you.” Amazon Reviewer
“Jessica creates the most amazing characters in the Adleman sisters, Katrine, Lorelei, and Grace, who escaped Nazi Germany in her first novel. These young women are adventurous, brave, fearless, intelligent, moral, and attractive to the male characters in this wonderful piece of writing. They travel far and wide in this book set in the early part of WWII, before the U.S. entered the conflict, from Germany to Galilee to Jerusalem to Cairo to New York to Lisbon and Maine. Once again, her sense-of-place narrative is gorgeous.
The action centers around Palestine when the rest of the world is refusing sanctuary to the European Jews as Hitler is doing his best to annihilate them. Glasner is a worthy successor to Leon Uris in telling the story of the early Zionist movement to re-establish the Jewish homeland.
In this endeavor, the sisters face danger, rejection, intrigue, uncertainty and, yes, romance in a time of war. The underpinning of all they do is a faith in God, something not always certain in times of global crisis and disruption. Faith, at a time when belief was more universal, is integral to the character of the sisters, but Glasner is never preachy about it, and doesn’t let it derail the story line. In fact, her incorporation of faith is seamless, beautiful and moving.” Amazon Reviewer