Historical Heartbeats welcomes Author Rose Allen McCauley introducing The Courageous Brides Collection. The novellas tell stories about the bravery and compassion of courageous women and the attention they garner from male admirers.
Rose is giving away an ebook copy of The Courageous Brides Collection to a commenter.
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?
Elinor was dreaming of heaven and God preparing a banquet for her there. The banquet room glowed brighter than any light on earth.
Was it raining in heaven?
She awoke, saddened about the dream ending. What was that sound—like something hitting the roof? Or her floor.
Standing beside the bed, she listened again. A rock landed a few inches from her feet. She tiptoed to the open window, then peered down at the yard bathed in moonlight. William? What was he doing here in the middle of the night?
“Elinor, can you meet me by the willow tree? I need your help.”
She’d never done anything like this before but didn’t hesitate. “Yes.” She wrapped a robe around her gown, but left her shoes off. Sneaking down the stairs, she tried to remember which steps squeaked.
The wet grass chilled her feet, a new sensation, but she didn’t stop. When she reached the tree, a shadow stepped out from under it. “William?”
He reached out and pulled her under the tree. “We can’t be seen.”
Warmth spread through her at his touch. “What’s wrong? Did you get my letter about my dad not wanting me to see you?”
“No, but Doc told me. I quit working with him because I wouldn’t agree to those conditions.”
“But you have to become a doctor.”
“God will provide a way.” He looked into her eyes and lowered his voice. “Do you know any abolitionists who would help me hide two slaves and a baby?”
Her heart stuttered. “Abolitionists, no…but, my slaves will help us.”
“We’ll need a place to keep them a night or two until I can get them to Ohio.”
“Shug and I found a hidden room in the cellar when we were little. Only the slaves and I know about it.”
God be praised! Elinor had a hidden room. “Will your slaves help us even if they might get in trouble?”
“I think so. I’ll ask tomorrow morning.”
“Good, and I might need Joseph to help me get them here from a barn a few miles away. We’ll also need to take food and water. Can you send word to me at the hotel through Shug?”
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.”
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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. You can reach her through her website www.rosemccauley.com or twitter http://www.twitter.com/RoseAMcCauley and Facebook http://on.fb.me/1LrXNoS.