A book where the author brings her family’s history to life and where the main character is a heroine of her time. I was captivated by the book and could not put it down once I began reading it. You can tell the author, Tracy Lawson took the time to research not only her family’s history but the colonial era in which the story takes place because of the details she shares within the book. This is a must read for fans of historical fiction and anyone who loves a story with a strong female as the lead character.
“War may be men’s business, but that doesn’t stop Anna Stone from getting involved in the fight for liberty. When her soldier husband and brothers face starvation and disease at Valley Forge, Anna is not content to pray and worry. She gets on her horse and strikes out alone over two hundred miles of rough terrain to bring them life-sustaining supplies. On the week-long journey, Anna contends with frigid weather, hazardous river crossings, and threats from highway robbers, enemy soldiers, and Crown loyalists. She can’t even stop for a meal in a tavern without facing propositions from men who assume any woman traveling alone is a prostitute. Eighty miles from her destination, Anna learns of a plot to overthrow General Washington and replace him with a commander who will surrender. She turns female Paul Revere to carry the message of warning and races to reach Valley Forge before one of the conspirators, who is in hot pursuit, can intercept her.”
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If you love the Colonial Era like I do then you will love and appreciate the video series that the author has put together. Author Tracy Lawson has created a video series in connection with the launch of her new book. The six short videos, available for viewing on Lawson’s YouTube channel, offer discussions and demonstrations of the clothing, food, and music of the American Colonial era, to “give my readers a taste of what’s in store in my new novel,” said Lawson.
In this first in a series, author Tracy Lawson cooks apple tansey, a colonial side dish that appears in her novel, Answering Liberty’s Call: Anna Stone’s Daring Ride to Valley Forge. I love how honest Tracy is with how she feels about the dish. There was definitely a difference in how we bake nowadays versus colonial times.
Oh, and wait till you see the impressive sewing skills that Tracy has, as well in the other videos in the series. INCREDIBLE!
Tracy Lawson’s passion for storytelling led her first into the world of dance and educational theater. Tracy and her husband, economist Robert Lawson, both Cincinnati natives and currently in Dallas, TX, have one grown daughter and two spoiled cats. In a career spanning nearly three decades, she 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 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 connecting all her books is her characters’ pursuit of individual liberty.
Tracy Lawson’s Website: HERE