|The Steeplechase by Carrie Fancett Pagels|
The Steeplechase (Forget Me Not Romances, February 2016)
By Carrie Fancett Pagels
Blurb: Martha Osborne fears for her six-year-old brother, who was shuffled off to boarding school when his British mother departed to England. Set in Hampton Roads, Virginia, in the build-up to the War of 1812, expert rider Martha plans to substitute for her older brother in a “race to the steeple” to win the prize—and a bet with Phillip Paulson, equestrian trainer at Yorkview Academy, to help have her little brother returned home. When Phillip stumbles upon the real reasons behind the secret race he finds he may not be able to keep his end of the bargain. Can he save Martha and her brother? And will his heart be lost in the process?
Five Stars *****
Are the British Returning?
Review by Betti Mace
Fall 1810 – a beautiful season in Virginia. A wonderful time for a long carriage ride, or perhaps a race on horseback. The Commonwealth was still young, but thriving. Unfortunately there still were those who sympathized with the British. Martha Osborne found herself in such an awkward place. Since her mother had passed away, her father had remarried a British lady, who seemed to think spending time in England was preferred to being with her family, especially her young son, Johnny. Did this mean the Osborne family were British sympathizers?
How do a steeplechase, a horse breeder, an academy for boys and the militia figure into this wonderful story? Read on to discover all.
Giveaway: Three Kindle copies of The Steeplechase. Answer this question - Have you read any stories leading up to the War of 1812? Do you like Early American fiction?