Bonny Kate

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Bonny Kate, Pioneer Lady, by Mark Strength

Bonny Kate, Pioneer Lady, is a classic romantic love story which begins in July of 1776 when Lieutenant John Sevier meets Catharine Sherrill, pulling her over the wall of Watauga Fort to escape the deadly pursuit of Cherokee warriors. The lieutenant, considered the "handsomest man in the west," is also the most charming, fun-loving, and active man among the leaders of the fort. The beautiful, unmarried, Catharine quickly develops warm ...

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Bonny Kate, Pioneer Lady, by Mark Strength

Bonny Kate, Pioneer Lady, is a classic romantic love story which begins in July of 1776 when Lieutenant John Sevier meets Catharine Sherrill, pulling her over the wall of Watauga Fort to escape the deadly pursuit of Cherokee warriors. The lieutenant, considered the "handsomest man in the west," is also the most charming, fun-loving, and active man among the leaders of the fort. The beautiful, unmarried, Catharine quickly develops warm feelings for a man she regards as her personal hero. Even after finding out the lieutenant is already married, she feels an attraction to him that never fails to delight her in every innocent encounter. By the time the siege ends and the life of the community returns to normal, she has a new nick-name, "Bonny Kate," and a new reputation as "someone to watch out for."
Finding true love and settling new territory is not easy in a country at war, but Bonny Kate finds a new best friend when she meets Sarah, the matchmaker. Inspired by Sarah´s example, Bonny Kate overcomes all obstacles and makes the right choices, until Divine Providence intervenes, and reveals the true purpose that fulfills her destiny.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781425758066
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 7/3/2007
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

    Captivating, informative, just a wonderful book

    Bonny Kate (Catherine) Sherrill is my 1st cousin 6 times removed. I have read the book 3 times and ordered one for my Uncle. I am just sorry my father passed away before it was written. I am now ordering Bonny Kates honeymoon, for myself and my uncle. Patricia Todd Baron

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

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    As a sixth-generation descendent of Catherine Sherrill, and her famous husband John Sevier, I received notice of this new book and read it over Thanksgiving holidays 2007. Historical novels have not previously attracted me, James Fennimore Cooper and Kenneth Roberts notwithstanding, but I had trouble putting this one down to visit with my family. Mark Strength so vividly described the physical settings of my ancestors as they moved from Virginia south-westward to Watauga in what would become Tennessee that I began to smell the oak and hear and feel the splash of the cool waters as their journey took them on to the Nolichucky River. His fluency gripped me as he described frontier life where homes were built from virgin stands of trees with axe and saw wielded by bare hands, food was cooked over a fire and served up on hand hewn tables in quantities needed to sustain those fresh from forest, corn field or hunt. Life itself depended on being alert to the arrival of strangers, and equally upon the need to find good neighbors itself dependent on being a good neighbor. Mark speaks as one who has gone back in time to see what the land can tell us about what has happened there over past centuries and millennia. But with language, vignettes and vivid description evidencing his thorough research he shows yet greater depth in bringing those Sherrill and Sevier families and their neighbors to life for us some two and one half centuries later. It¿s not just about everyday life. Catherine¿s importance emerges as she sprints to warn the colonists at Ft. Watauga of an imminent attack by Cherokee warriors. She is lifted over the rampart to safety by John Sevier, who renames her Bonny Kate, and a prolonged friendship ensues. Later, as John works to achieve legal status for the new settlements in negotiations with the Governor of North Carolina, Kate proves herself not only a lady to be reckoned with but also the best marksman and fastest horseback rider in the territory. She becomes best friends with John¿s wife Sarah, and somehow finds time to help her parents¿ large family and Sarah¿s during John¿s long absences attending to military and governmental business during the years of the Revolutionary War with England. Her keen senses and skills help her single-handedly beat off Tory horse thieves, knee-capping them from cover with her muzzle-loading long rifle. Her warmth and tenderness serve equally well assisting in the delivery of a friend¿s first-born in a lonely outpost cabin. She would attribute such accomplishments to Providence. A great lesson of geology, Mark¿s other field, is that the past is prologue to the future. It¿s the missing link in a classroom where history is taught but not learned. This book might be a link for those who wonder how, or if, video games, lush lifestyle and fast cars will help us make the transition to the leaner days ahead when heating and fuel costs soar and abundance at our table dwindles. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wonders what it would be like to live in a world without electric lights, deliveries of fruits and vegetables, central heating, a flight to Cancun or the morning newspaper. To see the degree of civilization and literacy that existed under those conditions, given hard work and attention to moral values, is most reassuring. Mark Strength has that special talent and passion for research and writing that marks him for great things ahead. I highly recommend his `Bonny Kate¿. W. L. Hamilton PhD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

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    This is the most wonderful book I have read in years. I hated for it to come to an end. In fact I am going to reread it soon. It made me feel like I lived with these families in these times. Now I can picture in my mind what their lives may have been like. If only history was taught this way many of us would have loved history in school. It is refreshing to have a book that inspires us to persevere as those generations before us did. It made it so real to me that people like us were the ones that made history. Mark Strength makes the people in the story so real they will become friends and family to you. This book is about our history and a love story but more than that it reaches somewhere deep inside that calls us to a higher level of living.

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