Lyn Cote here! Greetings from the OLD, OLD West; by that I mean, the old Northwest Territory east of the Mississippi River. We Americans often forget how quickly as we pushed westward, that the “west” became “east.”
My latest series, “Quaker Brides,” is set in Ohio in 1820. At that time, the Wyandot still roamed the forests of Ohio and most of the population clung to the southern and northern borders where the Ohio River and Lake Erie respectively made travel and connection easier.
To those who have read my previous historical series, it will come as no surprise that when considering a new series, I looked for an area where great upheaval and conflict had taken place.
In my earlier “Texas Star of Destiny” series, I chose Texas, which changed from Spanish colony to Mexican territory to the Republic of Texas and finally to the state of Texas, all between the years of 1820 to 1847. The period also included the Texas Revolution (Remember the Alamo!) and the Mexican-American War.
That done, I next turned my attention, of course, to Ohio.
Yes, during the same years, Ohio simmered and at times boiled as a hotbed of conflict and activism over the issue of abolition. The winds of change and social upheaval acted out in open conflict in Texas. In Ohio, however the revolution took place behind doors and within secret rooms within walls, only rarely breaking forth into riots. The Underground Railroad started spontaneously and my heroine, Honor, becomes a part of this movement that no one planned or organized. The Quakers were at the forefront of this movement and again, my readers know that while many write about Amish, I’ve chosen to write about Quakers. 🙂
Honor, born and raised on a Maryland plantation, is thwarted in her desire to free her slaves and is forced to leave her home. She finds herself in a marriage of convenience to a man, made deaf by a childhood illness who takes her to live in a cabin on the Ohio frontier. These changes in her life launch and move her story along.
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Blurb: When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute after the death of her grandfather, she is forced to leave her Maryland plantation. A move west brings the promise of a fresh start, but nothing in Honor’s genteel upbringing has prepared her for the rigors of frontier life with Samuel. Nevertheless, her tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change, and she becomes increasingly—though secretly—involved in the Underground Railroad. Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something, but will uncovering the truth confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together as man and wife?
QUESTION: Does it matter to you as a reader of “Westerns” if a Western takes place east of the Mississippi River? Why or why not?
(I’m offering a print copy of HONOR to one commenter. And a free e-book of “Where Honor Began” to another. Please include e-book in your comment to be entered into the latter.)