What can separate us from God's love? Can wealth? Poverty? Queen Victoria's England? Can health or sickness? Can life? Death? The bottomless Atlantic? Life in a strange land? War? Maybe gossips? Nineteenth century England and America provided ample opportunities to test one's character and faith. Affluence and deceit put Esther and Emanuel into a carriage headed for London. They step out, grateful to go their separate ways. Still, Aunt Emma notices something about Emanuel that might be worth remembering. Foes threaten life regardless of where it's lived, but foes waiting for Esther and Emanuel in Canning Town seem to have bigger clubs. Dare the couple cross the Atlantic to join families in America? 1858 becomes the eve of America's Civil War. If the "un-civil" war continues, will it entangle Esther and Emanuel? Leaves That Did Not Wither is based upon research into the times and lives of Esther Copsey and Emanuel Kisbey. Esther kept Civil War letters for her descendents. Now one passes the letters on to you. Lives of unnoticed English Americans unfold with quaintness, humor, history and a good dose of storytelling into a tale perhaps not unlike circumstances of many who ventured into the nineteenth century. Margery Kisby Warder's earliest writing was on wallpaper in her parents' living-room. That creative work failed to impress others, so she's gradually found more appropriate outlets for her passion for writing and storytelling. When Margery held her great-grandparents' Civil War letters in her hands, she knew she had to research their lives. Eventually she quit one job to "cut her excuses" and devoted time to writing numerous articles and to creating this novel. She and her pastor husband live in Iowa and relish contacts with their two married children living full lives wherever God places them.