I truly enjoyed this novella set in Virginia a few years after the Revolutionary War and before the War of 1812. Maybe it is because I’m a Virginian by birth and ancestry, who loves history and romance; or, maybe its because the author weaves an intriguing story of the years just prior to 1812; regardless, I enjoyed this story.
In The Steeplechase independent America was still tied deeply to its British heritage, but peace was barely hanging by a tether. In the midst of the turmoil is Martha Osborne, who dreams of independence from her family and the rigid propriety that governs her British-American household. Enter respected gentleman, Phillip Paulson, who stumbles upon a map and secretive horse race. With his own uncertain dreams of the future, Phillip seeks what God has in store for him. An unexpected meeting with Marth sets him on a course to revealing a covert operation of the British and joining the countering forces of Americans determined to remain an independent country! Add a dash of sweet romance and steadfast faith and you have a story sure to please.
Carrie Fancett Pagels is a Virginia author from the Yorktown area. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and the way she made the history come alive in her story makes me look forward to reading future books by Ms. Pagels.
Note: The Steeplechase can also be found as part of A Love’s Sporting Chance series.