COMING NOVEMBER 2023
DRIVEN BY THE PRAIRIE WIND
AMERICAN HERITAGE SERIES - BOOK TWO
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.