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THE HEART OF COURAGE
8/14/2020 1:00:00 AM by: LYNNE BASHAM TAGAWA

 

 

PLEASE WELCOME

LYNNE BASHAM TAGAWA

TO

FICTIONAL FRIDAY

Historical Fiction with Heart

 

There are various types of historical fiction. Many books are primarily “romance.” Others are mysteries. Others focus on battles and major historical events.

My stories have the gospel at heart. I don’t mean that they are “preachy.” But I look for times and places in which the gospel turns and changes history. Like the Great Awakening, a revival that swept over colonial America in the 1740s.

The Shenandoah Road is set during this period, and its sequel, The Heart of Courage, is set about ten years later, during the French and Indian War. But ripples of the revival were still affecting the hearts of Americans. My three main characters, James Paxton, Susanna Russell, and Red Hawk, a young Shawnee, are all impacted in one way or another.

And they are also impacted by the conflict.

AN EXCERPT FROM THE HEART OF COURAGE

“Fire!”

The British phalanx answered the hill. James checked his own weapon and scanned the trees for threats. Turning back, he saw a horse go down, slowly crumpling under its rider. Washington’s mount.

“Lad—give Red to Washington.”

James kneed the gelding and approached the colonel. Dismounting, he kept Red between himself and the French fire. “Sorry, lad,” he murmured to the horse. It might be the sorrel’s last day. “Sir, my gelding, sir.”

Washington’s blue gaze took in the horse. “Thank you. And thank Mr. Russell.”

“Aye, sir.”

Washington swung into the saddle, his blue coat marred with several scorched bullet holes. Keeping his head down, James returned to Russell, now surrounded by Virginia militiamen.

“Let’s get under cover,” said one man, sweat streaking his grimy face.

“The injuns are shooting at us from behind the trees, and we need to do the same,” another affirmed.

“Seems sensible,” Russell said. “Can ye get Washington to approve it?”

“No time.”

At this, several men melted into the woods. Others paused, waiting for Russell.

“Halt!” A red-coated lieutenant glared at the men. “Join the others. Anything else is desertion.”

“I willna stand in an open place waiting to be shot, thank ye kindly,” a man barked.

The fire intensified. The officer’s head jerked, and cherry-red liquid fountained over his stock and saturated the yellow facing of his coat. His knees buckled.

Time seemed to slow.

Russell slid off Cricket. “Get down, lad!”

James’s satchel thumped him in the back. A red sheet of blood covered the side of Russell’s face, and James launched forward to grab the man and pull him to safety. Cricket shuddered, then sighed. She crumpled slowly to her knees, folding gently down, as if desiring a nap.

Something whistled by James’s ear, and bark exploded from a nearby pine. Half crouching, he dragged Russell to the shelter of the trees. Was the man alive?

ABOUT LYNNE TAGAWA

Lynne Tagawa is an author, editor, educator, and best of all, grandma to four. She loves to write quality fiction with solid gospel content. Her debut novel, A Twisted Strand, is contemporary romantic suspense, but she thinks she’s found her true home in historical fiction.

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The Shenandoah Road (print, kindle, or audiobook):

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FK5ZQ5Z

The Heart of Courage:

https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Courage-French-Indian-Russells-ebook/dp/B08CBLQC3G/

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