Ella Wood

Ella Wood

by Michelle Isenhoff


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Love, war, tradition-each one is a cage. Will Emily never have the freedom to realize the dream she's held since childhood?

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 him 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. As Emily's eyes continue to open to the evils of slavery, she begins to understand Northern objections, but the thought of armed conflict scares her speechless. And if war were to break out, how would it affect her future plans?

Then there's the problem of Thaddeus Black, the handsome, charming young man who simply won't take no for an answer. Her resolve weakens a little further each time she turns him away. 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. Don't miss your opportunity to purchase the first book in this sweeping South Carolina trilogy at a special 75% discount. Download your copy today!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511619813
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/10/2015
Series: Ella Wood , #1
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

MICHELLE ISENHOFF writes for teens, tweens, and kids as old as 91. Her work has been reader-nominated for a Cybils Award, the Great Michigan Read, and the Maine Student Book Award. She's also placed as a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Book Awards, a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, and earned multiple Readers' Favorite 5 Star seals of approval. A former teacher and current homeschooler, Michelle has been lauded by the education community for the literary quality of her work, which is regularly purchased for classroom use. More recently, she has enjoyed writing historical fiction with a touch of romance for older teens and women.

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