The Water’s Edge
List Price: 14.95
Available: March 2014
The Water’s Edge is a 19th Century historical novel that follows the lives of twins Charles & Joshua Mannion of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Although written as a fiction, many accounts of this heartwarming, yet gripping story are based on actual historical and personal accounts. As young boys in 1853 America, Charles and Joshua live with an abusive father in a modest hillside cabin above the Brandywine Creek. The tranquil setting along the water provides a safe haven where a brotherly bond is forged until their tragic separation at the age of 11. After the fall of Fort Sumter many years later, the brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the Civil War conflict until they meet once again at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863.
Prior to facing the trials of war, Charles and Joshua find love and romance; relationships that become essential elements to the twist of fate ending of this touching story.
Tom Ruddy is an entrepreneur, historian and adventurer. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, Tom developed a keen interest in history at a very young age. As a young boy, it was not uncommon to find Tom visiting with the ranger at the Morton Homestead cabin, the mid-18th century home of John Morton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, located less than a mile from his home on the bank of the Darby Creek.
Tom needed not go far to find his history fix. Brother of a renown historical sculptor, he had the honor to stand-in as a model for numerous historical monuments including General John Gibbon Memorial at Gettysburg, “Moment of Mercy” Memorial at The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, and various bronze sculptures including Stonewall Jackson, Joshua Chamberlain, and George Armstrong Custer. Tom’s affinity for history grew from his travels throughout North America and Europe, experiencing diverse cultures and many of the world’s iconic historical landmarks. From the Battle of Agincourt in England, the Western Front campaign of WWI, the WWII European theatre, as a guest at the 8th Century Medieval monastery “Mont Saint-Michel” in France, to walking the Little Big Horn in Wyoming, Tom’s passion for discovery has always been in his fundamental fabric.
As a descendent of a 13th century Scottish military and political leader, Tom had honored his heritage by sailing a 800 year old Galley replica throughout the Scottish Hebrides to retrace his ancestral Klansmen who battled to exile the Vikings from the Highlands.
For the past two and half decades, Tom and his family have made Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania their home. According to Tom, “Chadds Ford and the Brandywine Valley provide the historical and cultural environment that stimulates my senses.”