I was very dissappointed to learn that this book is "fiction". Jun 24, Jenny Price rated it did not like it.
Nothing against the author or his writing, I just couldn't stand the character. Jul 18, Leila Kern rated it it was amazing. Entertaining read. Interesting view of Sarah Winchester's life from a fiction standpoint! I really enjoyed this book good for someone who likes historical paranormal books. Jun 17, Ralph rated it it was amazing.
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Meticulous and engrossing Jim Duggins was known for his detailed, well-researched writing, combining historical facts with creative story-telling. Writing from Sarah Winchester's point of view, the story of the heiress of the Winchester Repeating Rifle fortune takes its odd twists and turns leading to the building of her eccentric home in California. Duggins wove together a narrative filled with elements of intrigue, sorrow, obsession and drive.
I enjoyed reading this book, and miss Mr. Duggins, Meticulous and engrossing Jim Duggins was known for his detailed, well-researched writing, combining historical facts with creative story-telling. Duggins, certain that he had many more stories to tell. Enjoyed this book Great book glad my niece told of the story. It was quite interesting and quite the adventure.
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Thereafter she will be visited by a spirit guide who directs her building of the massive, controversial monument on the west coast.
Sarah Winchester, The Woman Behind The Winchester Mystery House
Award winning historical novelist, Jim Duggins began as a U. Following military service and college, he taught English and Speech at high school, community college, and university levels. While teaching he wrote and edited academic journals and freelanced with magazines and newspapers. Now, writing fiction full time, he has returned to his love of history. He lives in the desert in Southern California and has a house in Mexico where he collects Mexican Folk Art and is a regular contributor to museums around the United States.
He is currently working on his fourth novel. Influenced by this environment, Sarah developed into an excellent all-around student, learning four languages and demonstrating proficiency in musical composition, math and sciences.
The Possession of Sarah Winchester
Growing to a petite 4'10" and 95 pounds, she also developed a reputation as one of the area's great young beauties, nicknamed the "Belle of New Haven. On September 30, , Sarah married fellow New Haven resident William Winchester, whom she had likely known since childhood.
Her father-in-law, Oliver, was co-owner of the Winchester-Davies Shirt Manufactory, and William was being groomed to take over the company. However, Oliver had also developed an interest in the firearms business, and after taking control of the Volcanic Arms Company, he established the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in William soon sold his interest in the shirt company and became secretary of Winchester Repeating Arms.
The family business became immensely successful; its Winchester Model rifle was known as the "gun that won the West," and the company sold more than , rifles from that year through In June , Sarah Winchester gave birth to a daughter, Annie. However, the baby was unable to process calories, and died malnourished six weeks later. Winchester had no more children.
In March , William Winchester also died, following a long battle with tuberculosis. In a history teacher named Mary Jo Ignoffo published what was believed to be the first full-length biography of Winchester, Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune.
The book refuted much of the lingering conceptions of Winchester, including the rumor that she was influenced by a medium to build at a breakneck pace to appease angry ghosts; indeed, the author found correspondence in which Winchester specifically mentioned that she had stopped construction for periods.