While my husband (a teacher) was on summer vacation, I had the opportunity to take a road trip with him and explore many of the locations my characters visit in this novel and to perform comprehensive on-site research. This has been, to date, the most challenging novel I’ve ever written! So many periods in history are more complicated than we realize until we start digging deeper into the details.
I am excited to share some of the places I visited in future blogs, but today I wanted to reveal my new book cover and synopsis! Watch for more information to come on the brave pioneers who helped to settle America, as well as the Native Americans who were forcefully relocated from their homelands to Indian Territory.
DRIVEN BY THE PRAIRIE WIND
BOOK 2, AMERICAN HERITAGE SERIES
A WESTWARD EXPANSION NOVEL
1838 -- Two women journey west, for two very different reasons.
Lucy was raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. When her husband, Risdon Bloodsworth, Jr., discovers that the Republic of Texas is giving land away, he is eager to leave the familiar behind and travel west for new opportunities. Lured by the call of adventure, and cramped in a small farmhouse with her in-laws, Lucy agrees to take their young son and trek well over a thousand miles by covered wagon in search of a place to call their own.
Jane Bloodsworth knew when she married a Cherokee man that life with him would not be easy. The Indian Removal Act had been passed years prior, but the Cherokee Nation continued negotiations to stay on their tribal lands. Like many others, her husband’s family had built a flourishing plantation, and he was educated to read and write in English. Even so, they are forced to leave everything behind in Georgia and be marched across the country to Indian Territory.
As Lucy and Jane set out to build their new lives, their physical strength and emotional endurance will be tested by adversity and doubt. Their stories of the westward movement and the Trail of Tears intersect in a deeply personal way and shed new light on the era of Manifest Destiny.