Escaping Kentucky is the only way 19-year-old Jesselynn Highwood can save the family's prized Thoroughbreds from the destruction of the Civil War. So she sets out with her young brother and their freed slaves on a perilous journey to Missouri. Will they avoid capture by Confederate and Union soldiers? Or will the slaves' ex-overseer catch them first? 320 pages, softcover from Bethany.
Seeking to fulfill the promise she made to her dying father, eighteen-year-old Jesselynn Highwood determines to take her little brother and the family's remaining Thoroughbreds from Twin Oaks plantation in Kentucky to her uncle's farm in Missouri, where they will be safe for the remainder of the Civil War.
Dodging Confederate and Union troops, they ride at night and hide during the day. Finally, after encountering hunger, sickness, and the devastation of war, they arrive in Missouri only to discover the situation there puts them in even greater danger.
But Jesselynn will stop at nothing to save her family, the horses, and whatever remains of Twin Oaks.
Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over 60 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over 2 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.