Brownstone Builders Historic Novel Follows Family’s Adventure and the Secret of a New Land

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An Innocent perusal of the local newspaper leads to a mysterious adventure for Michael and Ruth Delarmar in the new novel, Brownstone Builders (now available through 1st Books or AuthorHouse) by Mervin H. Dochterman.

An Innocent perusal of the local newspaper leads to a mysterious adventure for Michael and Ruth Delarmar in the new novel, Brownstone Builders (now available through 1st Books) by Mervin H. Dochterman.

The Delarmars stumble upon a personal advertisement seeking descendants of Hugh E. Jones and his family of Brownstone Builders from Wales. Elizabeth Jones, a 90-year old descendant of the family, is hoping another relative can help her find the body of Hugh’s wife, Katherine, and her ledgers detailing the family’s journey from Wales to the new world. Elizabeth also believes that Katherne’s ledgers contain information of great importance to mankind that may be buried somewhere on the Jones’ land.

Elizabeth puts her trust in Michael Delarmar, who believes he is a descendant of the Jones family. Michael is deeded the Jones’ 18 century home and brownstone quarry on the banks of the Shining River,

Dubbed “Land of the Beginning” by local Indians of the time. Michael and Ruth begin their exploration and soon uncover a historic tale of epic proportions.

Dochterman whisks readers back to a time in America when immigrants settled new territory despite the dangers of rugged land and Indians who fought to keep it safe. He used historically accurate details to create the thrilling story of the Jones family, builders of brownstone empire that supplied materials for the powerful French Fort de Chartres, Kaskaskia, first capital of the Illinois territory, and other towns along the Mississippi River. The family’s adventure follow them up and down the river and even to the seas. As if the dangers of travel aren’t enough, the family closes in on extraordinary secrets that lie beneath the surface of their beloved land.

Dochterman was born near the Mississippi River in southern Illinois, not far from the location in Brownstone Builders. He lived there until his teenage years, when his family moved to Iowa. He now resides in Iowa with his wife of 53 years. Dochterman first worked in manufacturing as a machinist, eventually becoming manager and CEO of several businesses. He now is retired and pursues his passion for history and writing.

The Internet address that will take a customer directly to Brownstone Builders is.

                                             http://www.1stbooks.com/bookview/20986
Web site- http:// http://www.brownstonebuilders.com
ISBN 1-4140-2671-4

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