Ella Wood (Ella Wood Trilogy, book one)
Will Emily forego love for a chance at independence?
Emily Preston wants only to become an artist. As the nation teeters on the brink of civil war, she must wage her own battle against the restrictive ideology of her father. Women belong at home on the plantation beneath the watchful eye of a husband or father--NOT at a university. But several schools in the North have opened their doors to women. How can she make her father see just how much it means to her to study under a master?
Independence isn't the only contentious point between them. A recent visit to her uncle's home in Detroit has called Emily's entire upbringing into question, but her father doesn't appreciate her criticisms of his management of Ella Wood, the Preston family plantation. Then there's the problem of Thaddeus Black, the handsome, charming young man who simply won't take no for an answer. It could be that the real fight lies within her heart, which stubbornly refuses to accept that a choice for independence must be a choice against love.
"Poetic" and "nuanced," Ella Wood is the story of a young woman standing at the edge of war and struggling with questions of morality, purpose, and love.
Titles in the Ella Wood series: Ella Wood, Blood Moon, Ebb Tide
Ella Wood novellas: Lizzie, Jack, Jovie
The Ella Wood trilogy and the trilogy of novellas are complete.
Note: Ella Wood contains a complete story arc, but the final pages initiate the action that will kick off book two, ending in a cliffhanger. Book two picks up exactly where Ella Wood leaves off.