Welcome everyone! Today Rose Allen McCauley is on the Wednesday Writers blog. Rose will be talking about her novella Hidden Dreams which is part of The Courageous Brides Collection from Barbour, and she will also give us a glimpse of the real house that inspired her novella. Welcome, Rose
I am happy to report my 2nd collection for Barbour is now out! The Courageous Brides Collection contains nine novellas about courageous women during the 19th century. Here’s what Amazon says about the whole 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?
My novella is entitled “Hidden Dreams” and is about a young woman who becomes involved in the Abolitionist movement in Cynthiana, Kentucky. I named the heroine Elinor after my granddaughter who actually lives in the Pre-Civil War home where the book is set. When her grandparents remodeled the house, they discovered a hidden room in the cellar, so some have ventured it might have been part of the Underground Railroad. That was the inspiration for my story. The house is real and still standing, and Harriet Beecher (later Stowe) did go to Washington, KY in 1833, but the rest of the story is fictional. Elinor had to trust God to give her the courage to surrender her safe lifestyle to join the Abolitionist Movement and the Underground Railroad. Here is a picture of the house that inspired the story.
A hidden room. How cool is that? Thanks, Rose. And here’s the blurb and excerpt from
By Rose Allen McCauley
In 1833, Elinor Peck, a wealthy and sheltered daughter of a Kentucky lawyer is introduced to the abolitionist movement by her uncle’s new apprentice. Soon, her family loyalty, reputation and heart’s desire are put to the test.
“Shug and I found a hidden room in the cellar when we were little. Only the slaves and I know about it.”…
His face scrunched into a frown. “I don’t want to ask you to do anything you don’t want to do. This could get us all in deep trouble.”
“I’ve been praying for courage to do what God wants me to do to help the slaves. You’re an answer to that prayer.”
And you’re the answer to my prayers in many ways, Elinor. He wanted to pull her into his arms, kiss her, and tell her he loved her, but that would have to wait. “We both better get inside. We have a lot to do tomorrow. Tell Shug to come to the back of the hotel where I’ll be building an addition.”
“I will. I’m sure Dottie and Joseph will help, too.”
“Would he know where we could borrow a buggy? I won’t risk involving your uncle by using his.”
“You too.” William nodded, although he doubted he could sleep…
As the afternoon wore on, his energy lagged with each nail he hammered. Shug’s appearance behind a tree at the edge of the house bolstered his strength. He walked in her direction, then turned his back and sanded a piece of wood as he spoke. “Did Elinor tell you what I need?”
“Yes sir, Mr. Chandler. We’s all willing to help—me and my mama and daddy. I’ll leave this note from Miss Elinor behind this tree, and my daddy will be back with a buggy and food and water as soon as it’s dark.” She slipped away before he could thank her.
Grabbing his water jug, he sat down on the backside of the tree, then unfolded the letter and read:
My friends are all willing to help and are cleaning out the room. You may bring the package tonight. Send a note when you know further plans. E
William marveled at Elinor’s astuteness. He’d been too tired to think of telling her to disguise her message, but she’d done so anyway.
About the Author:
Rose has been writing for over a decade and has five books published. 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. You can reach her through her website www.rosemccauley.com or twitter @RoseAMcCauley and Facebook