Release Date: July 4th, 2017
Benjamin Willson and Charlotte Elizabeth Ross fall in love with one another amid the American Revolution, forming a bond that cannot be shattered by death—or time.
The Battle of Johnstown tears them apart with one vicious, indifferent musket ball, but the two souls will find their way back to one another over two hundred and thirty-three years later as Ben Wilson and Charlotte Elizabeth Ross the Second.
As the two reunited lovers share memories of their lives so long ago, they unearth a journal that belonged to the son they created just before Benjamin fell. Expecting to learn his story in the pages of his book, they are unprepared to learn that it is a tribute to his stepfather, Jacob Cooper.
Jacob had loved Charlotte since childhood, but the first time he saw her with Benjamin he knew any dream he’d ever had of claiming her for his own was hopeless. Worse, Jacob genuinely liked and respected Benjamin so he accepted his fate, although still tormented to see the two of them together.
But when Benjamin’s life drained away on a cold and lonely battlefield, Jacob stepped in to help Charlotte pick up the pieces of her shattered soul. He knew Charlotte would never love him as she loved Benjamin, yet he married her, took on the role of father to Benjamin’s son, and raised the boy to understand the precious gift of his heritage—and freedom.
Ben and Charlotte become lost in the words of their son from the past as they learn about the torch that Jacob Cooper carried for his only love, and what it means to keep Liberty’s Promise.
Whispers of Liberty
Time is no barrier to love.
Charlotte Ross, by her own admission, is a history geek. It was only to be expected as both of her parents are closely tied to preserving the colonial heritage of Johnstown, New York. What was not expected was Charlotte tripping over her own feet and falling into the middle of the American Revolution. Being a modern girl fitting into the 18th century was hard enough...then she met Benjamin.
"Sprouse creates gentle, determined characters who value liberty and the freedoms of its promise. She wraps each with a blanket of compassion and carries them through with strength and conviction. The story is an easy read. Sprouse’s writing doesn’t just push the reader to the next page, but propels them with powerful narrative drive and emotional energy." - Sheli Ellsworth, Manhattan Book Review
About the author:
Heidi Sprouse lives in upstate NY in historic Johnstown. She attended college at St. Rose in Albany, knowing all along her two loves were teaching and English. It took four years before she landed the teaching job of her dreams, but twenty years later she is still nurturing little ones in pre-K. She loves the privilege of watching brand-new little humans as they discover and begin to shape their own worlds.
Knowing what she wants and going after it in relentless pursuit is Heidi’s gift. Deciding to become an author can be downright unnerving, but Heidi bit into the challenge, took off, and never looked back. Her perseverance proves success is not a matter of luck; it’s a matter of finding what speaks to your heart, and committing to do that thing until it makes a difference.
When she isn’t busy teaching or with her husband, Jim, her son, Patrick, and her canine kids Chuck and Dale, she’s cooking up her next novel. She dabbles in sweet romances, historical fiction, and suspense thrillers, depending on what pleases her reader’s eye at any given moment. Heidi is always in search of the extraordinary in the ordinary, writing about strong men with old-fashioned values and the women who pick them up when they fall. She’ll tell anyone it's never too late to chase after your dreams, no dream is too small or insignificant, and any mountain can be moved with a proposal and a good plan.