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Strings: The Story of Hope

Strings: The Story of Hope

by Patricia Ann Ledford


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Traumatic events linger – like strings tightly binding one’s soul. While many settlers are fighting the British for freedom, the O’Connor family is settled peacefully in northeast Tennessee’s new frontier. That is, until July 1776 when Dragging Canoe and his warriors attack their small settlement and militia forces retaliate by destroying a nearby Cherokee village. Simmering with rage, 17-year-old Maska escapes his burning village on foot, clenching his grandfather’s knife, ready to unleash revenge against the next white man he sees. Hope O’Connor, a naive ginger-haired 15-year-old, rides her horse Isaiah into the night, haunted by her parents’ screams and the lingering smell of smoke, unaware that Maska and greater dangers lie ahead. Now, Isaiah is all she has. Isaiah, and her own weapon -- a sling much like the one David used to slay Goliath. Hope’s journey spans four generations, interweaving with the lives of two young boys, Jared and Jake. While this intriguing tale is set during and after the Revolutionary and Cherokee-American Wars, the characters’ struggles are harbored within their own souls. Strings of hurtful events quickly destroy Hope’s innocence, wrapping her heart in deeply buried memories. She resists relationships of any kind. That is, until her search for her father leads her to an unexpected friendship. Hope’s compelling story will grab your heart with such concern, you’ll keep reading just to see if she survives -- and if the strings unravel enough to allow love.

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ISBN-13: 9781733524216
Publisher: Patricia Ann Ledford
Publication date: 07/03/2019
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Patricia Ann Ledford grew up in Kingsport, a small town in east Tennessee. An early career in politics evolved into managing marketing campaigns for corporate clients and ultimately into working on film projects and producing television programming.
After forty years of copywriting for clients in Nashville and Chattanooga, she finally achieved a life-time goal of writing stories of her own creation. "Strings - The Story of Hope" is her first novel.
She divides her time between writing in her North Carolina hideaway and enjoying family and cultural activities in Chattanooga.
Her blog and book updates are available at

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