Colonial CourtshipsHistorical Romance Novella Collection
by: Carla Olson Gade, Amber Stockton, Laurie Alice Eakes, Lisa Karon Richardson
May 2012 - Under contract
Collection Summary: Set during the years 1753-1762, Colonial Courtships features the four Ingersoll brothers who reside in Glassenbury, Connecticut with their widowed mother at their family hostelry, The Red Griffin Inn. In Carving a Future, eldest son Nathaniel Ingersoll has worked many years toward his dream of becoming a master ship figurehead carver, but then he risks all to save Constance Starling, who arrives on the Connecticut coast too ill for anyone to accept her indenture. Trading Hearts tells the tale of Jonathan Ingersoll who makes a way for himself as a merchant trader and meets Clara Marie Preston working in her father’s inn, but competition and animosity from her brother put his career at risk and his chances at love on a low scale. Over a Barrel is the story of baker Gideon Ingersoll, after years of fighting alongside the British on the frontier wants peace, not the love and adventure thrust upon him when he finds a child in one of his flour barrels and Sarah Carter, the girl’s mother, claiming they were abducted. Impressed by Love is about the youngest son, Alden Ingersoll, who is press ganged into tending a British naval captain, and his only goal is to get back to his medical practice and patients, until he catches sight of the captain’s fetching niece, Phoebe Carlisle. Will adventure thwart the brothers' plans or set them on a course of love?
My Novella: Carving a Future (1753): Ship figurehead carver Nathaniel Ingersoll has apprenticed for many years under his Uncle Phineas and hopes to become a master ship carver in his own right. Constance Starling was spirited away from England to the Connecticut coast as an indentured servant, arriving too ill for anyone to accept her. When Nathaniel takes pity on her, he purchases her contract. Has he jeopardized the future he has worked so hard to achieve for the welfare of a weakly servant?