I’m author Linda Hubalek and many of my historical fiction books have characters longing for fresh starts for their families. I write about ancestors that moved to Kansas for a reason–to homestead land to start a new life for their families.
For example Deborah and John Pieratt, featured in the first book of the Trail of Thread series) left Kentucky in 1854 when the Territory of Kansas was formed. They were part of the thousands of families that packed wagons and headed east for the promise of a new life. The thought of owning land must have seemed like the perfect fresh start for their six young children.
THIMBLE OF SOIL, the second book in the series, features Margaret Ralston Kennedy. She was a widow who moved with eight of her thirteen children from Ohio to the Territory Kansas in 1855. (Margaret and two of her daughters are standing in front of their house in the photo with this post.) She was dedicated to the cause of the North, and helped with the Underground Railroad in both Ohio and Kansas. She wanted to help make a fresh start for everyone by working to making Kansas a free state for all.
Orphaned Maggie Kennedy, portrayed in STITCH OF COURAGE, the last book in the series, followed her brothers to Kansas looking for a better life as the states fought out the history of the Civil War. She found love with Deborah Pieratt’s son and received a fresh start with a husband and children of her own.
This series, written in the form of letters the women have written back home to loved ones, portray the extent that they would go through to provide a fresh start for not only their families, but the state and nation during the troubling times of the Civil War.
Are you ready to start fresh with this new series? Please look at my website and books for new reading material.
Many thanks from the Kansas prairie…where you’ll journey to Kansas…
Make a a row of covers in table form
TRAIL OF THREAD
THIMBLE OF SOIL
STITCH OF COURAGE
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Books can have fresh starts too. This series is now available as ebooks to be read by a whole new generation of readers.
Enter my ebook give-away by leaving a comment below about your favorite “fresh” thing, and a randomly picked lucky reader will receive a Kindle version of TRAIL OF THREAD.
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