I’ve come up with a sketch of an outline for my fourth book, which will be titled “Liberty’s Promise”, and is set in the period immediately before the American Revolution. I am thinking it will end with Lexington/Concord. It represents the two types of ideologies of the conflict: tyranny, both spiritual and physical as represented by the Tory British government, and liberty as represented by the colonials.
The story involves Anna Barton, a young widow and seamstress who lives in a community just outside Boston. She has a teenage son. Her neighbor is Caleb Strong, a bachelor carpenter who is interested in marrying her, but Anna is unsure. He helps her in many ways, including teaching her and her son how to use a rifle for protection. He expresses interest in apprenticing her son. At the same time, she is courted by the Reverend Thomas Rockdale, a pastor who represents the Loyalists. He is the son of an Earl, and his family has money, status, and he personally is attractive and a sought after suitor by many young women. While seeming to promise Anna a spiritual life as the wife of a pastor, his inner intentions are far different, and he represents the tyranny the Americans will be fighting against. He is forceful, domineering, and secretly believes that all women are sinful Jezebels trying to deceive men into falling. He believes all women need to be in subjugation.
One suitor offers a true and steadfast, Christlike love while the other offers duty, obligation without joy, ritualism and legalism. It represents the struggle, both temporal and spiritual, between freedom of the Spirit and the letter of the Law, in essence, tyranny.