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Answering Liberty’s Call
Answering Liberty’s Call

Answering Liberty’s Call

Anna Stone’s Daring Ride to Valley Forge: A Novel

FICTION

320 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $17.00 (US $17.00) (CA $24.00)

Publication Date: January 2021

ISBN 9781735428512

Rights: WOR

Fidelis Publishing (Jan 2021)

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Overview

In January 1778, Anna Stone is a twenty-nine-year-old healer, wife of a rebellious Baptist-preacher-turned-soldier, and mother of three. Her husband, Benjamin, writes from Valley Forge with worrisome tidings. Anna’s brothers, Henry and Jeremiah, who are in Benjamin’s unit, have contracted smallpox. Benjamin downplays the severity of their illness in his letter, which arouses Anna’s suspicions that he, too, is ill. Not content to remain at home in Virginia, Anna packs food and supplies, leaves her children with family, and strikes out alone on horseback for Pennsylvania.Anna knows that, should Benjamin perish, the county orphan’s court will appoint a male guardian to oversee her children’s futures—without regard for her preferences. After her experience being raised under the care of a guardian, Anna vows to move heaven and earth to keep her children from suffering the same fate. In her efforts to render the aid that will hold her family together, Anna is swept into a plot that could spell dire consequences for George Washington, the Continental Army, and the new nation’s quest for liberty.Answering Liberty’s Call is based on family legend and events in the lives of the author’s six times great-grandparents.

Reviews

"Lawson's book serves the dual purposes of providing truly enjoyable fast-paced entertainment as well as honoring the strong women whose roles in forming and protecting America will never be known but should nonetheless be remembered." —Debbie Georgatos, host of AmericaCanWeTalk

"A riveting portrait of a young woman risking her life for family and country…. [Anna's] determination and grit give this novel a voice of ambition at once unique to her and wholly American." —Jill Phillips Ingram, associate professor, Department of English, Ohio University

"With Tracy Lawson's extensively researched new book in hand, readers who love historical fiction will gallop into Valley Forge on a journey through some of the lesser known aspects of the Revolutionary War." —Lee Wright, founder, History Camp and The Pursuit of History

"Answering Liberty's Call proves the American Revolution wasn't a "men only" war. Anna, the protagonist in this great read, is a fictionalized character, but she exemplifies many of the real, courageous women to whom we owe a debt of gratitude." —LtCol Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret), bestselling author of The Rifleman and host of the Real American Heroes podcast

Author Biography

In a career that has spanned nearly three decades, Tracy Lawson has been a dance teacher, a studio owner, and to date has choreographed thirty-three musicals for middle and high school students.When faced with a mid-life career change spurred by a cross-country move for her husband’s job, Tracy adopted the motto, ‘have laptop, will travel.’ Within a few years, she had achieved a lifelong goal and published her first book, based on the 1838 travel journal of her great-great-great grandfather. Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More won Best Nonfiction History in the 2012 Ohio Professional Writers Association Book Awards.An award-winning series of post-apocalyptic novels aimed at young adults and a companion volume to her first nonfiction book followed. Currently Tracy has tapped into another family story for Answering Liberty’s Call, her debut historical fiction. While her body of work may seem varied, the common thread that connects all her books is her characters’ pursuit of individual liberty.