William Hite’s Newly Released “Sandcastles, Tall Ships, and Vanities: A Novel” Is a Probing Historical Masterpiece Full of Human Folly, Family, Heart, and Anguish

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“Sandcastles, Tall Ships, and Vanities: A Novel”, from Christian Faith Publishing author William Hite, is an absorbing historical family and romance novel that explores the social issues of slavery, family standards, and sexuality, among other things, weaving threads of American and British history to tell the story of Amanda Worsham, British heiress to her family’s shipping business and betrothed to Timothy Caldwell, in 19th century South Carolina when the “sandcastle” of Southern plantation slavery was the norm.

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“Sandcastles, Tall Ships, and Vanities: A Novel” is a vibrant historical romance novel. “Sandcastles, Tall Ships and Vanities” is the creation of published author William Hite, a former US Army man born in South Carolina in the ’30s; he is a Christian married father of eight, grandfather of fourteen, and great-grandfather of four.

Hite writes, “‘January. Midafternoon. Bitter cold. Wind howling.’ Mary Alice Worsham, a young woman in her mid-twenties, all the while complaining to herself, opened the front door of her home. ‘Who would come calling on such a day?’ A draft of cold air pushed its way into the foyer. ‘Well now, two uniformed British gentlemen. And standing on my front porch. A pair of Royal Navy officers, a commodore and captain. My. My. My.’
Sure enough, she thought, I reckon this: I fairly ken these British uniforms. Navy blue now, is it? What would ye be but the bloody navy, eh?
The two men smiled briefly in the cold, making shuffling sounds with their icy boots. Each man pulled the corner of his hat. Smiles faded to terse seriousness.
Mary Alice’s thoughts came quickly, a jumble in her mind. The little one is cute—even handsome. Yes. He is handsome. And a captain to boot—Captain ‘Cute.’ She felt a warm rush of attraction for him. Strength and physical magnetism are in this good-looking captain. Damn, I like him. The other one, the commodore—well, a bit too much
girth about his middle—probably huff and puff in the bed too.”

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, William Hite’s new book is a nuanced work that masterfully addresses more than a few heavy topics with a compelling dexterity through the lives and actions of his characters.

Hite manages to bring a convincingly pro-life, anti-slavery tone to an era in which neither of these traditional Christian values were given much regard.

View a synopsis of “Sandcastles, Tall Ships, and Vanities: A Novel” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “Sandcastles, Tall Ships, and Vanities: A Novel” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “Sandcastles, Tall Ships, and Vanities: A Novel”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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