Leah couldn't remember a time when her younger sister Rachel wasn't the darling of the family. Rachel was pretty, clever, and cute, whereas Leah's charms lay only in being obedient and hard-working. For years, Leah plugged along in her sister's shadow, until one day a handsome kinsman named Jacob showed up looking for a haven from his brother's rage. He found refuge in the home of the two sisters...and Leah fell instantly in love. As the three lived and worked together, Leah's emotions ran ever stronger. It was Rachel, however, that Jacob had eyes for. But Leah couldn't help but hope that Jacob would realize it was she, and not Rachel, that he should seek the hand of.
Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.