Book: Soldiers Don't Cry, The Locket Saga Continues by Cygnet Browncategories: Book, Romantic Fiction, American Revolution, Patriots, Romantic Novel, American Revolutionary Conflict, Research, Colonial Boston, 1775 America, Historical Romance
Cygnet Brownabout this book: The inspiration of Soldiers Don't Cry, The Locket Saga continues is based on a dream that I had and an entry in an old book of Parkman's Works--Pontiac's Conspiracy--at the end of the French and Indian War.
In my dream, I dreamed that a young couple meets again after many years apart. In my dream, I saw them in a log fort. I thought it would be interesting if this couple met one another on the colonial frontier at the time of the French and Indian War and then the two of them met later during the revolution.
In Pontiac's Conspiracy, I found a story about a drummer boy who was the only survivor (except the scout whose name was Stedman). This eight year old drummer boy was saved after the Indians pushed the supply train he was part of over into Devil's Canyon on the Niagara River. His drum strap caught on a branch of a small tree that clung to the side of the cliff. This stopped his descent onto the rocks far below thus saving his life. I wondered whatever happened to the boy. What did he go on and do with his life?
From this information, I created the first two chapters of the book.
The story picks up twelve years later when Philip Randolph returns to Boston to meet his young friend Elizabeth Thorton in Boston where he is part of the British occupation meant to bring the colonists back under control. He does not know that Elizabeth is a Patriot smuggler and spy.
I did a lot of research about the characters of Boston at the time of the Eve of the American Revolution and incorporated into my story. We meet Doctor Joseph Warren, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere. In my research, I learned that Margaret Gage, General Thomas Gage's wife was an American and gave secrets to the Americans. Margaret Gage plays an integral part in this drama.
I incorporated all the colorful events that lead to the events that started the American Revolution from the Boston Massacre through the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Soldiers Don't Cry is a historical romance that could have ended badly for the couple and for a long time I could not put my finger on how to end the story. I did not want Elizabeth going back to England, and I could not see how Philip would give up his commission to be with Elizabeth. Then the answer came to me! Of course, that was it! I believe that when you read Soldiers Don't Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, you will agree.
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