The Beauty of their Dreams is an historical novel set in the first half of the 20th century, one of the most convulsive, tumultuous, riotous, tragic periods in the nation’s history. It tells heartwarming stories of of people searching for love and meaning in a world changing before them at a dizzying rate. The scene is central Illinois. At the outset rather primitive, but poised for sweeping change.
Newlyweds Ken and Louise Adams arrive from settled New England to take up married life, Ken in the banking business under the tutelage of Louise’s uncle, Stephen Converse. Central Illinois seems so rustic—the open skies, the endless vistas of farm country. Change sweeps in like a storm: the agricultural revolution that brings with it cars and roads, farm machinery. Then, out of nowhere, it seemed, the horrific flu pandemic of 1918 sweeps across the land, leaving millions dead. World War I brings irreversible changes. Then prohibition, women’s suffrage and the 19th amendment, social unrest and the second rise of the Klu Klux Klan, the roaring twenties. Financial madness in the markets and the Great Depression follow. Through all this turmoil, Ken and Louise raise their family and become bound to the people and place they’ve chosen. Their son David falls in love with flying at an early age, and falls in love with Laura Crocker. Their plans for marriage and life together are disrupted by World War II. They must struggle through loneliness and danger to remain faithful to their dreams for a life together.
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