Shorter chapters so don’t let the amount of chapters keep you from starting this story.
Follow Eloise in this story as she grows from a hard working tomboy to a WWI veteran nurse, widow, and mother.
The year is 1913 in Montana where Eloise travels from one ranch to another as her abusive and alcoholic father loses one job after another as a ranch hand.
She is easily mistaken as a young boy in her dirty hand me down clothes but what’s under those baggy clothes and newspaper boy cap? A beautiful blond young woman with a brilliant mind and a drive to become independent of any man’s control.
Leo Standish is back home on his father’s ranch after his passing. He is bitter and hates being on the ranch. His fathers will stipulated that he must remain on the ranch for some time before he receives his inheritance and can sell the ranch and return to the city.
As a young attorney, he longs for the high-class status he held in Boston until the day he finds the most beautiful woman on the planet and for the first time in his life he does not get what he wants because this woman refuses to be the woman he needs. He learns about true love and the feeling of loss as he must put her on a train to go chase her own dreams.
The first portion of the story will be read in third person just to give you the history behind the girl Leo ends up chasing. The last portion is back to my screenplay version. This story will be published in two parts but it will be the same book.
We know a lot about the American Civil War. We know about the battle at Gettysburg and how Sherman burned Atlanta but do you know many individual stories?
Follow Oliver and Naomi from their arranged marriage through the war. It will be quite a journey as Naomi faces the war home alone and Oliver fights battle after battle. She will face one of the cruelest band of the southern militia army as she tries to protect the people she loves most.
This is a story about the ones left home during the war. The one’s who earned no great merit or place in history. The forgotten heroes of a bloody war that stood for freedom and equality for all Americans.
I based some of facts in the story on writings left behind by my family that lived here in Indiana in the 1860s.
My ancestors were Quaker and they were abolitionists in Indiana. We still have their homes used in the underground railroad in our family. My other side was endangered servants from Ireland and my great-great-grandfather was, unfortunately, one of the soldiers that came to Indiana while serving under John Hunt Morgan. He was the rest of my family’s enemy.
Please keep in mind this story is based in America during the 1860s and it was a different time.