Ulysses S. Grant visits Ohio

Ulysses S. Grant visits grave of his grandmother

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: July 18, 2017 4:00 AM

DEERFIELD — “Heritage is History squared,” according to Ulysses S. Grant’s portrayer.

Dr. E.C. Fields, Jr., played Civil War Commander Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (and later 18th president of the United States) July 17 at Deerfield Township Cemetery, where Grant’s grandmother, Rachel Kelly Grant, is buried.

Rachel Grant was born in June 1746 and died April 5, 1805. She came to Deerfield in 1804 with her husband, Noah and seven children. Her husband set up a tannery west of Deerfield Circle and lived in a home built by Owen Brown of Hudson.

On the marker, Rachel was “known for her spinning.”

Fields, as Grant, discussed his humble roots.

[“I come from humble stock,” he said. “Rachel was a woman of the Ohio frontier. She worked hard and did her best.”

“Grant” then placed flowers on her grave — and encouraged children not to simply read about history, but to take opportunities to live it.

“Bringing the little ones speaks well of you,” Grant [Fields] said. “For the little ones are the future of our past. Take them everywhere you can where there is history.”

Fields said history is one dimensional on a page.

“Learn it, read it and know it, but heritage is history squared,” Grant [Fields] said. “Heritage is right here where you can come and stand with my grandmother. You can visit the cemetery and honor an ancestor whose blood flows through my veins.”“

Heritage, he added, is visiting Vicksburg, Gettysburg and Shiloh and 10,000 reported battle sites in the 48 months of the Civil War.

“Ohio acquitted itself well during the Civil War,” Grant [Fields] said. “Be proud of the people you came from.”

The event was sponsored by the James A. Garfield Civil War Round Table, which hosted Grant at the Big Red Barn in Valley View for “An Evening with General Grant.”

Sally Sampson, secretary of the Deerfield Township Historical Society, said Commander Benjamin Frayser of the Garfield Civil War Round Table contacted them about the ceremony, and they were happy to make arrangements.

After visiting the cemetery, “Grant” visited the Township Square and the Civil War memorial. He suggested the historical society research the 20 names on the monument and find out more about them, especially the three men with the same last name who died in different battles.

The historical society surprised Grant [Fields] with a visit to a red brick home south of the Township Square where the Grants lived in the building which was reported to have been built by Owen Brown of Hudson. Heather and John Larkin have lived in the home for 19 years and discovered five fireplaces, black walnut floors and a brick walkway beneath the grass.

Fields is a living historian and has appeared as Grant at remembrance ceremonies and reenactments across the country, including the James A Garfield National Historic Site (Mentor, Ohio), Gettysburg, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Appomattox Court House and for the Discovery Channel.

Fields is a member of numerous historical societies and foundations, and contributes to several Civil War publications. His website is GeneralGrantbyHimself.com

The James A Garfield Civil War Round Table was founded in 2015 with a commitment to share and expand members’ passion, knowledge, and understanding of the American Civil War. The Round Table serves communities of Southeastern Cuyahoga County as co-host of the annual Garfield Symposium, with participation in local history fairs, donations of winter-weather protective clothing to local homeless shelters and preparing United States flags for proper retirement.

The round table is named in honor of President James A. Garfield, a native of Cuyahoga County and a Civil War veteran, attaining the rank of major general. Information on the activities or membership participation can be requested fromJamesAGarfieldCWRT@gmail.com

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

This story appeared in the Record Courier July 18, 2017

Author Mary Kubica on writing

My article appeared in the Hudson Hub-Times July 3, 2017

Hudson – A best selling author kept her writing secret from everyone but her husband, who wasn’t allowed to read it until her first book was published.

Author Mary Kubica June 28, shared her writing experience with more than 50 readers of her “chilling psychological thriller” at the Hudson Library and Historical Society.

“Every Last Lie” is a widow’s search for the truth after her husband’s tragic death in a car accident that may not have been accidental.

She writes in first person because “I felt like I was outside with a third person perspective.”

“Every Last Lie” is written from two points of view, Clara and her husband, Nick, before he dies.

Kubica said she writes each point of view separately and then merges them like a deck of cards being shuffled.

A New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Kubica has written “The Good Girl,” Pretty Baby” and “Don’t you Cry.”

“The Good Girl” was an Indie Next, received a Strand Critic Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in “Debut Goodreads Author” and “Mystery & Thriller.”

Kubica began writing as a young girl and lived vicariously through her characters. She didn’t dream of sharing her stories.

“I was shy about writing and kept it private,” Kubica said. “I was passionate about writing but didn’t want to be an author.”

Instead she became a history teacher, but after the birth of her children, she resumed writing.

“I was quickly consumed by it,” Kubica said. “I felt guilty not doing other things [chores].”

She learned by trial and error and found her voice with mysteries.

It took Kubica five years to write “The Good Girl.” She sent it to nearly 100 agents and was rejected by every one. When the rejections arrived in the mail, she rushed out to retrieve them before her husband saw them.

“It was so demoralizing,” Kubica said.

Two years later, an agent contacted her about the book for publication.

“It was a dream come true,” she said.

She was contracted to write a second book,” Pretty Baby” but her first proposal was rejected.

“I had only one idea,” Kubica said. “I was under deadline and losing time. I needed a new idea.”

She had an image of a teen holding a baby and wrote the first chapter, Kubica said.

“It was not inspiration,” she said. “It was desperation.”

Kubica answered questions from the audience and signed books afterwards, giving fans a chance to meet their favorite author.

Hudson Library and Historical Society offers programs every month on a variety of subjects, including wellness, walking tours, music, book clubs, cooking, genealogy and culture. For more information, visit hudsonlibrary.org

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

Ready for publication

I have finished the edits on my fourth novel, “Impending Love and Capture.”

Here is a sneak preview at the blurb:

When Jessica Beecher stops to help a wounded soldier on the Gettysburg battlefield, Confederate Major Morgan Mackinnon enlists her skills to nurse his sister.  Unable to escape, she waits for Union forces to attack the retreating Confederate Army.  But the delay forces Jess to look beyond the gray uniform to the man who has captured her heart.

Morgan can’t let Jess leave when she overhears Lee’s army is retreating during the night.  She’s a dangerous woman and not because of the knife she pressed against his throat or the revolver hidden beneath her skirt.  The battlefield angel has a face no man can forget, especially when facing death. 

You are hearing a big sigh of relief, but it’s a bit like your child graduating from school. You’re proud of the achievement, but a little sad your role is over and your creation is going out into the world for better or worse.

I have a creative side and an analytical side. I blame it having a right-handed father and a left-handed mother. I like to track the progress of my manuscript.

As I look back, I started “Impending Love and Capture” in March of 2016 with naming the problem and completed 100 pages by May. By December I had finished the 300+ word manuscript and sent it to my beta reader for any suggestions or glaring errors to correct.

In February 2017, I sent my manuscript to my editor at The Wild Rose Press with a synopsis and cover letter. In April, I received my contract and the work began.

I filled out the information for the front and back of the book as well as my ideas for a cover and began the edits.

In May, I submitted my blurb (read above), updated biography, and the excerpt for inside the cover.

Through May, I sent two rounds of edits on a word document, and then the copy editor made a few changes before I went through three rounds of edits on the galley version.  I made 163 galley edits.

When I edit, I read my manuscript from beginning to end, looking for any missed punctuation, inconsistencies, or word choices. I hate repeating a word in the same paragraph so that’s my main culprit when I’m making final changes.

I also believe in logic. I hate stories that don’t make sense or have a glaring flaw in the actions or thoughts of the character. Sometimes this takes reading through a passage several times to notice. I also use the search or find feature in word to make sure names, ranks, and other repeated items are consistent.

I had a colonel listed as a general in one spot. A leftover from the initial version. I also changed a character’s name and searched to make sure it had been changed in all the locations. Because it is a Civil War story and has several letters, I had to change a closing phrase that was too much like another.

I know there are still some minor errors. Even the best writers have them, but I don’t sign off until I’m confident the story is the best I could create and has the fewest flaws.

I hope you enjoy my writing.

 

Review of Cowboy on the Run

Cowboy on the Run by Devon McKay

The story crackles with sexual tension and memorable imagery from beginning to end as Nate Walker, quick to run from trouble, returns to Jessie Calhoun, the woman he left behind but still loves.cowboyontherun_w7754_300

Their mental and emotional battles take the reader on a roller coaster ride that is intensified by near fatal accidents.  Past problems and new surprises keep the reader turning the page to find out how the fire and ice couple resolve their feuding love life.

Will Jessie forgive Nate and trust him not to leave again or will she accept Alan, the man who doesn’t hide his love but may hide a darker secret?

The characters are interesting and the situation believable. The prose is easy to read and the story moves at a quick pace.  I highly recommend this romance.

 

The value of book clubs to a writer

The column appeared in the Jan. 29, 2017 edition of the Hudson Hub-Times at https://goo.gl/M6TNwz

by Freeman of the Press

A Hudson book club, with a little prodding from Barbara Bos, read my first book, “Impending Love and War” in my Impending Love series.  Barbara is a trustee for Case-Barlow Farm, and we share a love of history and old barns.

Barbara invited me to join a dozen ladies in the club for their meeting in January to discuss my book.

Hudson has several book clubs, but this was my first time talking to one about my book.

I confess, I was excited to talk about my writing. Wouldn’t any writer?ImpendingLoveandWar_w8676_300

I read my book, which I had written in 2014, to refresh my memory and gathered some visuals to share.

We met at the home of one of the members and upon talking to some of the other ladies in the club, I learned Barbara had the reputation for picking books no one liked. Oh no!

For many of the club members, this was their first historical romance novel and were under the misconception it was a bodice ripper, a term used for novels written in the 1970s. Instead of violent confrontations between the hero and heroine, modern romance novels emphasis an equal relationship with a clever first meeting and problems more complex than how to land a husband.

Although the romance genre is identified with a happily ever after ending, women’s literature, doesn’t guarantee romance or a happy ending. I explained that women’s lit emphasizes a woman’s voyage through a trial, disease or life altering even and doesn’t guarantee a happy ending to clarify the difference.

My writing combines romance, history and suspense and many genres are blended in modern books to appeal to a larger audience of readers.

The Hudson residents enjoyed the emphasis on local history. The story takes place in the fictional town of Darrow Falls and one club member guessed Darrowville inspired the name and at least one building in the book.

They asked an assortment of questions, including where I came up with ideas for the book.

As a reporter I covered a story at the library about the Underground Railroad in the local area, which helped to develop the idea for the story about a runaway slave.

They say write what you know. Since my family has lived in the area for more than 150 years, I had plenty of personal history to draw from.

I shared the fact that the homes in the story were based on my grandparent’s house and the Goldsmith House at Hale Farm & Village.

The Beecher name is a family name and my heroine, Cory Beecher, like me, is a distant cousin to Harriet Beecher Stowe.

To create tension, the abolitionist heroine, has two suitors. One is a stranger looking for a runaway slave and the other is an instructor from Western Reserve College, who believes in colonization.

I shared some of my research photos with the favorites being those about the canal in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I love traveling along the towpath and wanted to incorporate it into the story. In addition to sharing history, I try to add humor and hope the reader has fun reading the book.

The six books in the series can be read independently with each one focusing on one of the Beecher sisters from 1860 through 1866. I’m finishing the fourth and will be sending it to my editor soon.

The club members enjoyed a chance to read something lighthearted, and some of the book club members bought the next book in the series, which I greatly appreciate. Fans are built one book at a time, and I hope I gained a few.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

Author Tracy Chevalier’s new book

Find the story in the Hudson Hub-Times at https://goo.gl/yFHzYd

International bestselling author to visit Hudson library

Author Tracy Chevalier discusses her latest historical novel at the Hudson library

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: January 25, 2017 12:00 AMhh-orchard-ppbk-cover

HUDSON — An international bestselling author will discuss her latest book about a pioneer family living and struggling on the American frontier, set in Northwest Ohio.

Tracy Chevalier returns to the Hudson Library & Historical Society to discuss “At the Edge of the Orchard” at 7 p.m. Feb. 1.

Chevalier is the author of eight historical novels, including the international bestseller “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” which has sold more than 5 million copies and been made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.

American by birth, British by geography, she lives in London with her husband, son and cat. She is also the editor of “Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre.”

Chevalier is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has honorary doctorates from her alma maters Oberlin College and the University of East Anglia.

“I am always amazed at how close nature is to us in the US,” Chevalier said. “You think it’s tamed, and then a bear steps out, or a river rises, or a lightening strike starts a forest fire, or whales appear offshore, or mosquitoes swarm you in a swamp. Then you feel connected to the past, because this is exactly what your ancestors felt.”

The book, “At the Edge of the Orchard,” is about the desire to move around to escape problems, Chevalier said. A boy witnesses something awful in his family, and he goes west to get away from it. When he reaches the Pacific ocean, he can’t run anymore and must face his problems.

Chevalier does a lot of hands on research in addition to reading books on the topic.

She walked the Black Swamp, ate apples, learned to graft apple trees and walked among giant sequoias.

“I think the most surprising thing I learned was that sequoias actually need fire to propagate,” she said.

Chevalier also includes historical figures John Chapam (Johnny Appleseed) and William Lobb, a plant collector in her novel.

“I like having real people in fiction; they anchor a story, and make what is made up feel more real,” Chevalier said.

During her research Chevalier reread the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and “Pioneer Girl,” a non-fiction account of Wilder’s life.

“It was fascinating to see how she took her real life and fictionalized it, emphasizing some things while cutting parts that didn’t work,” Chevalier said.

Although Chevalier writes to entertain and hopes the reader cares about the characters, “At the Edge of the Orchard” has a message “to ask readers to look at the landscape around them — especially trees — and ask how it reflects their lives. What choices to they make, to move or to stay, based on their surroundings?”

Copies of “At the Edge of the Orchard” will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop.

Register for this free program online at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

 

Author Tracy Thomas writes about Stanton’s impact on women’s rights

19th Century woman paved way for modern rights for all women

Local author examines Stanton’s views on women’s equality, family issues

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: January 22, 2017 12:00 AM

Read the story here or in the Hudson Hub-Times at https://goo.gl/INLRt6

HUDSON — Modern women may have had their ideas about family and equality introduced by a 19th century woman.hh-stanton-book-cover

Tracy A. Thomas, professor of law at the University of Akron School of Law for 18 years and the director of the Center for Constitutional Law, will discuss her new book, “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law” at the Hudson Library & Historical Society Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

The book examines Stanton’s views on women’s equality in marriage, divorce, domestic violence, childcare and other family issues.

Historians have written Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s biography, detailed her campaign for woman’s suffrage, documented her partnership with Susan B. Anthony and compiled all of her extensive writings and papers.

Stanton herself was a prolific author, including; her autobiography, “History of Woman Suffrage” and “Woman’s Bible.” Despite Stanton’s body of work, scholars and feminists continue to find new and insightful ways to re-examine Stanton and her impact on women’s rights and history.

But for a time Stanton’s writings were omitted from the women’s rights movement.

When Thomas heard of a reference about Stanton in family law and looked it up, she couldn’t find anything more than one sentence referencing Stanton. But she found 10,000 documents talking about the topic.

“There’s a huge gap in our common understanding of history and law,” Thomas said. “I wanted to correct the legal and historical record.”

Thomas extends the discussion of Stanton’s impact on modern-day feminism by analyzing her intellectual contributions to — and personal experiences with — family law.

Throughout her 50-year career, Stanton emphasized reform of the private sphere of the family as central to achieving women’s equality.

Another reason Thomas wrote the book is to bring women’s historical experiences into the mainstream and show that women were an active part of the women’s movements beyond the right to vote.

“Stanton was a prolific writer in New York and left a huge paper trail,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t hidden. It was intentionally left out.”

By weaving together law, feminist theory and history, Thomas explores Stanton’s little-examined philosophies on and proposals for women’s equality in marriage, divorce and family and reveals that the campaigns for equal gender roles in the family that came to the fore in the 1960s and ’70s had 19th-century roots.

Thomas, who teaches divorce history, said many think women didn’t become interested until 1972 about divorce, but women in the 19th century wanted to escape abusive spouses and claim their economic rights to own and control their own property.

“We have to get the story correct,” Thomas said.

Using feminist legal theory as a lens to interpret Stanton’s political, legal and personal work on the family, Thomas argues that Stanton’s positions on divorce, working mothers, domestic violence, childcare and many other topics were strikingly progressive for her time, providing significant parallels from which to gauge the social and legal policy issues confronting women in marriage and the family today.

Stanton advocated reform from the beginning of the Women’s Rights movement at the 1848 Seneca Falls convention with 17 other reforms besides the right to vote. Some of the other reforms included joint property rights instead of the husband owning everything, mothers should have custody of their children instead of only the father, who could hire children out to work, and women should control sex and reproductive rights.

“She took on the marriage idea that the husband was in charge and she wanted equal partnerships,” Thomas said. “Stanton wanted to go to the heart of about how we think about marriage.”

She got into trouble with the church, which claimed women were cursed and should be subservient to men, Thomas said. Fundamental churches did not embrace Stanton’s true equality of marriage partners.

“They (women) heard every week they don’t have these rights,” Thomas said.

Some people were afraid that if women had all these rights, men would have no responsibilities and women would have to work, Thomas said. Stanton’s solution was that women should work.

“You had to have equal economic power to have social and religious equality,” Thomas said. “Equal partners means equal respect toward careers and raising children.”

Thomas teaches Remedies, Women’s Legal History, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Family Law at the University of Akron. She is the Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law and from 2007 to 2009, she served as director of Faculty Research.

Thomas received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Miami University, M.P.A. degree from California State University and J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and production editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal.

Copies of Thomas’s book will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Register for this free program at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

 

 

New TV show Timeless

Instead of books, I’m going to talk about a new television show, “Timeless” on Monday nights at 10 p.m. on NBC.  It went on winter hiatus but should be returning soon.

I love history, which is why I write historical romance, so I enjoy the premise of time travel.

The Time Tunnel was a sci-fi television show in 1966 and 1967 with James Darren and Robert Colbert who are lost in time and bounce from one historical event to another trying to return to 1968 (which was not a good year).

In “Timeless” historian Lucy (Abigail Spencer), special agent Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and time machine expert Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) travel through time in a prototype machine after terrorist Garcia (Goran Visnjic) steals the one in the lab.  The team of three go back to stop Garcia from changing the past and therefore the future.  Ultimately they fail and the future is changed for better and worse.

But how often can the future be changed?  And when her mother asks why Lucy isn’t wearing her engagement ring, is there another Lucy in the present wearing one?

I liked the characters, even Garcia, who may not be as bad as he appears.  He had a notebook belonging to Lucy that he was using as a guide.  Also the lab owner is using Rufus to spy on Lucy and Garcia, and he kept his project a secret from the government.  Suspicious guy.

There are plenty of questions to keep viewers tuning into find out what is going to happen next.

I think their time travel rules will cause problems, though.  They insist a person can’t travel into a time where they existed, and they can’t travel back to a time they just left to avoid meeting themselves.  In other words, they only have one chance to fix Garcia’s chaos.  Once they return to the present, they can’t go back and try again.

This is different from the Back to the Future time travel stories and even in the Time Tunnel, Tony met a younger version of himself (if I remember correctly).

Do you have a favorite new show and what makes it interesting?

I also have questions about the notebook Garcia possessed.  He said Lucy hadn’t written it yet, so is he from the future?  What do you think?

After watching a few episodes, I also think it will have elements of “Lost” with the secret society bent on controlling the characters and maintaining power.

 

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca

Local Hudson author Brad Ricca shares story about “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” and a true story about a 1917 missing girl in the Hudson Hub-Times 

Local author shares story about ‘Mrs. Sherlock Holmes’

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: January 11, 2017 12:00

51rina4lxbl-_sy346_HUDSON — If Sherlock Holmes were a woman, she would have been Mary Grace Humiston.

Author Brad Ricca will discuss his latest book, “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation” on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. St. Martin’s publisher released the book Jan. 3.

Ricca will share the fascinating true story of Mary Grace Humiston, known as “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes,” a detective and lawyer who became the first female U.S. district attorney and was made the first female consulting detective to the New York Police Department after solving a notorious cold case.

Ricca provides accounts of Humistan’s earlier work involving long trips, research and personal danger, which is shared in the earlier sections of the book.

Humistan intervenes on behalf of a woman convicted of murdering an abuser in New Jersey and travels to the South as a Special United States District Attorney to uncover the practice of slavery “through forced debt.”

In the book Ricca focuses on Humistan’s most spectacular case, the tragic disappearance of 18-year-old Ruth Cruger, who left her Manhattan home February 1917 and never returned after having her ice skates sharpened at a neighborhood shop in Harlem. Hunistan becomes involved in the search for Cruger after police dismiss Ruth as a runaway.

Many of Humistan’s cases involved the disappearance and/or abuse of girls and women.

The book received a starred review in Kirkus Review praising it as “an express train of a story … Rapid, compelling storytelling informed by rigorous research and enlivened by fecund imagination.”

Ricca is the author of “Super Boys,” the story of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, which was winner of the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Nonfiction, winner of a 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize for Emerging Artist in Literature, and a Booklist Top 10 Book on the Arts. He is also the author of “American Mastodon,” winner of the 2009 St. Lawrence Book Award. He is a SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University and lives with his family in Cleveland.

Copies of “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Register for this free program at hudsonlibrary.org or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP

Review of Impending Love and Lies

Review in the Nov. 6, 2016 edition of the Akron Beacon at

BOOK TALK: area authors and events

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Impending Love & Lies, the third book in Cuyahoga Falls author Laura Freeman’s Civil War-era series, retains its Western Reserve setting and continues with the story of the four younger Beecher sisters, distant relatives of the Uncle Tom’s Cabin author and local abolitionists who work summers on their grandfather’s canal boat. Though their current trip isn’t a passenger run, Captain Donovan accepts an offer of double the fare to take Blake Ellsworth from Akron to Peninsula.

Blake, who recently inherited a few hotels, has just sold one of his properties and is carrying a large amount of gold, which makes him a target for the barbarous Cassell brothers. He is immediately smitten with Colleen, who goes by “Cole” and who serves as first mate on the Irish Rose. She’s been courted for six months by a man from a well-off family and expected a proposal, but has just learned he’s married a rich New York girl.

There’s a spark between Blake and Cole, but he’s injured in a shootout with the Cassells. Cole and her sister Jess go to Washington to help another sister, and Blake, who intends to enlist when he’s healed, joins them. They end up as medics at the Antietam battlefield, working with Clara Barton.

These scenes, as in Book Two, Impending Love & Death, are sharp and realistic, and the letters from their hometown boys serving in the valiant Seventh and 29th Ohio Volunteer Infantries are deeply affecting.

Impending Love & Lies (362 pages, softcover) costs $16.99 from Wild Rose Press. Laura Freeman will sign books from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson.