Shannon here: Rose Allen McCauley shares the insiration for her latest novella, Hidden Courage. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of The Courageous Brides Collection, a nine novella collection which includes Hidden Courage. Deadline: Sept 10th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Rose:
Romantic Letters by Rose Allen McCauley
My latest book, The Courageous Brides Collection, by Barbour Publishing, is set in Kentucky in 1833. My story, which is one of nine novellas in the collection, is called Hidden Courage, and my heroine’s hidden courage leads her to get involved in the Underground Railroad. This story is based on the home my son and his wife and daughter named Elinor currently live in, so I named my heroine after my granddaughter. The house was built in Pre-Civil War days. When my daughter-in-law’s parents first remodeled the house, they discovered a hidden room in the basement that was the impetus for my idea for the whole story!
The heroine is sent to her aunt’s house in Washington, KY, to get her away from the hero, where she meets Harriet Beecher (who after she married a Mr. Stowe, later wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin). While away from each other for a couple weeks, the young couple resort to the only means they had to stay in touch—letter-writing. In fact, they had only met a couple times before she was sent away, and her parents forbade her to see him when she returns, so much of their courting is done through romantic letters.
This led a friend and I to discuss our letters under our beds from when our husbands were overseas during the Viet Nam war over forty years ago. My husband and I had been married less than a year when he enlisted in the Air Force. In fact, we spent our first three anniversaries apart due to his deployments. This was before the era of Facebook, twitter, or even cell phones. His family had a dial-up phone in their house, but my family didn’t, so I had to go to a neighbor’s house to call him on rare occasions. So, those letters are very precious to me, like the fictional letters Elinor and her hero William wrote to one another.
About Rose: Rose has been writing for over a decade and has four books published. She is thrilled for this to be her second novella collection with Barbour. A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for over forty years, they enjoy their growing family of three children and their spouses and five lovely, lively grandkids! She loves to hear from her readers. Learn more and connect:
About the book – The Courageous Brides Collection:
Ride into adventures alongside nine determined women of yesteryear whose acts of compassion and bravery attract male attention. Marcy helps displaced Indians. Emmy tends wounds at Fort Snelling. Ronnie stows away on a cattle drive. Daisy disguises herself as a Pony Express rider. Elinor becomes an abolitionist. Mae tames wild horses. Hannah gets help for accident victims. Lucy’s curiosity unnerves criminals. Kate nurses soldiers on the battlefield. Will real dangers douse the sparks of love?
Question for Readers: How about you—do you or someone else in your family have a collection of letters they have kept over the years?
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