1776. The Declaration of Independence has been approved by Congress. The delegates have agreed to assemble on August second to sign a single copy that would show they stand unanimous in their desire to separate from British rule. But the struggle to bring all the congressmen to Philadelphia for the formal signing seems as insurmountable as the fight for independence against the world's greatest army...
With cries of war spreading across the colonies and pressure mounting to join the Revolution, an intrepid young Post Rider, Nathaniel Marten, is reluctant to raise a rifle for the Cause. His heart is pulled by sympathy for his mother, English-born and loyal to her homeland; concern for his father, whose artisanal gun shop is being converted into an armory for the newly formed Continental army; and fear for the peaceful Shawnee tribe he has long considered his second family.
In a chance encounter with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Nathaniel is asked to take on the role of a lifetime: secure the remaining signatures by carrying the sole copy of the Declaration to the congressmen unable to attend the formal signing. The risks? British generals and double-crossing spies are eager to capture both Nathaniel and the document so they can divide the thirteen colonies already weakened by war.
Through encounters with well-known original founding fathers and mothers, and by witnessing the effects of the Revolution on ordinary Americans, Nathaniel must learn that independence--for himself, for those he loves, and for the country--is not granted, it's chosen. By each and every one of us.
About the Author
Karen A. Chase is an award-winning author, designer, and photographer. Her first book, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log, garnered seven independent publishing awards. Carrying Independence secured runner-up in the 2017 William Faulkner, William Wisdom Unpublished Novel Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the 2019 Screencraft Cinematic Book competition. A long-standing member of James River Writers, the author is also a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Historical Novelist Society, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the American Revolutionary Round Table of Richmond. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, throughout her childhood Karen traveled through the United States in an R.V. with her family. Those journeys instilled a lifelong love of history, travel, and learning. She has lived in the United States since 1990 when she enrolled as a foreign-exchange student, studying advertising art in San Antonio, Texas. She now resides with her partner, Ted, and a couple of scrappy cats, in Richmond, Virginia.
Incredibly well-researched historical details that deepen the narrative and the characters—historical and fictionalized—transporting the reader to walk with them. The author dismantles facts both well-known and rarely taught about the American Revolution, and breaks down the language of the Declaration into experiences, thereby making the time period truly accessible. The author allows us to temporarily live and breathe 1776 so deeply that we feel we have been the ones Carrying Independence for us all.
— Kathleen Grissom, New York Times best selling author of THE KITCHEN HOUSE and GLORY OVER EVERYTHING
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It is seldom we see women approaching fiction during a time period like the American Revolution, a time rife with bloody battles and political intrigue. Karen A. Chase has taken on the task with this first novel and handled it with the grace of an experienced storyteller and historian.
— Beth Macy, New York Times best selling author of FACTORY MAN and DOPESICK
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Believable characters, an engaging narrative, and a sense of historical reality… The best aspect for me, of course, is the presence of Shawnee people who are reasonable, thinking human beings.
— Colin Calloway, National Book Award Finalist for THE INDIAN WORLD OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, and Professor Native American Studies Dartmouth College