Book: Ethan's Flight by Victoria Trout & Penelope West
|4.7 stars based on the 3 most helpful Amazon reviews|
Victoria Troutabout this book: Ethan's Flight is a story that is strong on family, especially how a family supports its members under difficult circumstances. It also focuses on love overcoming obstacles.
Ethan and Edward Adams are society gentlemen in Boston, MA in 1850. Edward is stepping into adulthood having graduated school the previous spring. He feels a bittersweet sadness to officially leave his childhood, knowing this time in his life will never come again. Little did he know how true that feeling would be.
Debora and Stephanie Brown are poor preacher's daughters in Clarence MO. Their lives changed drastically when their mother was killed in a carriage accident. Their father is unable to cope with his grief, becoming taciturn and withdrawn. His sister rescues these two fair maidens, bringing them to her home in St. Joseph, MO.
When the brothers flee after Ethan is found guilty of a heinous crime and sentenced to hang, they decide to stop and rest in St. Jo. Meeting the two beautiful sisters gives them hope for their future, just when events are coming to a head in the country around them. Ethan's Flight is a sweet romance story of courage in the face of troubling times, and finding the strength to face our fears when there isn't an obvious reason to hope.
My co-author and I enjoy sweet romance stories that encourage family support and doing the "right" thing. We enjoy history, mystery and adventure elements in the stories we read again and again. So once we made our first story, a Regency set, (a story we broke so many of the established rules of writing), we took the rules and applied them for our Western adventure, and Ethan's Flight was the result.
The hardest part of writing Ethan's Flight was "The End." After "living" with these characters for two years during the writing process, coming to the end of the book was to difficult. We decided that our stories would not really be the end, we would find new adventures for them to go on, and we would never have to say good-bye.
We did a LOT of research. We would be writing about some situation and realize we weren't sure if the results had been invented yet. For example, when Ethan is arrested he is taken away in a "paddy wagon". Which is a different conveyance at different times in history, in different areas of the country, and yet still different from other countries. Who would have thought that something that is really trivial to the story would require so much research?
For us, doing the research was important to the integrity of the story. We've read historical stories where the research was inadequate and ultimately caused us to reject the author that didn't take the time for the details. So when we started writing, we knew the research would be required AND accurate.
Various positive reviews made all the "extra" work worth it. Ethan's Flight was well reviewed with our previous publisher. We have since left that publishing house and are going the Indie route.
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