Item description for Cherokee Rose (A Place to Call Home) by Al Lacy & JoAnna Lacy...
Overview Cherokee Rose, an 18-year-old Indian girl, falls for Lieutenant Britt Claiborne along the "Trail of Tears." If dreams come true, they'll one day marry and find a place to call home together.
Publishers Description The Brutal Road West It's late summer 1838. President Martin Van Buren issues an order that the fifteen thousand Cherokee Indians living in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are to be evicted from their homeland. Forced to migrate to Indian Territory, the Cherokees begin their tragic, one-thousand-mile journey westward. Most of the seven thousand soldiers escorting them along the way are brutally cruel. But Cherokee Rose, an eighteen-year-old Indian girl, finds one soldier, Lieutenant Britt Claiborne, willing to stand up for them. Both Christians, Cherokee Rose discovers that Britt is also a quarter Cherokee himself. It's upon the Trail of Tears that they fall in love, dreaming of one day marrying and finding a place to call home together. "They found each other in the midst of tragedy... " "But is their love enough to keep them together? " Cherokee Rose has endured more than any eighteen-year-old girl should. Though accepted by her tribe, being both mixed blood and a Christian set her apart. Then fifteen thousand Cherokee Indians are evicted from their homes in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Broken and angry, Cherokee Rose joins her people on the thousand-mile trek westward to Indian Territory. The journey holds many trials--not the least of which is the cruelty of the soldiers escorting them. But Cherokee Rose is determined: these men will not break her. Lieutenant Britt Claiborne is devoted to serving his country, but he detests the way his fellow soldiers treat the Indians. He not only refuses to join in, but does all he can to stop the abuse. To the soldiers, he is a traitor. To those he helps, a champion. But Britt knows he's only doing what he must, not just because he's a Christian, but for a reason he's reluctant to reveal. Thrown together in the face of brutality, these two find themselves falling in love. They dream of marrying and finding a place to call home. But can their love survive the Trail of Tears? ""Cherokee Rose" is a good story and a great way to learn about a historical event we would rather sweep under the rug." --Lauraine Snelling, bestselling author of "Amethyst" Story Behind the Book Long captivated with the study of American history, Al and JoAnna Lacy eagerly researched the time in the 1800s when the five "civilized tribes" were forced by the U.S. government to make a one-thousand-mile journey to Indian Territory (now the state of Oklahoma). The tribes were the Cherokee, the Chickasaw, the Choctaw, the Creek, and the Seminole. Repeatedly forced to surrender their lands, the people of the Cherokee Nation, as well as those of the other four tribes, were hoping to find "in Indian Territory a place to call home ."
Citations And Professional Reviews Cherokee Rose (A Place to Call Home) by Al Lacy & JoAnna Lacy has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 06/01/2006 page 98
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Place To Call Home
Series Number 1
ISBN 1590525620 ISBN13 9781590525623
Availability 0 units.
More About Al Lacy & JoAnna Lacy
Al Lacy has written more than ninety novels, including the Angel of Mercy, Battles of Destiny, and Journeys of the Stranger series. JoAnna Lacy, Al s wife and longtime collaborator, is a retired nurse. The Lacys are coauthors of the Mail Order Bride, Hannah of Fort Bridger, and Shadow of Liberty series. They make their home in the Colorado Rockies."
Al Lacy currently resides in the state of Colorado.
Al Lacy has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Cherokee Rose (A Place to Call Home)?
Historically inaccurate! Aug 5, 2008
Please see my comment to Mandy's review. There I only skimmed the surface of the errors I found in this book. I DO recommend anything written by Theda Perdue on the subject of the Cherokee, if you don't mind non-fiction. Most are available here at this site.
Remember that fiction may include some fact. Be sure you know which is which, please.
A Historically informing book Dec 29, 2007
The thing I enjoyed most about this book was all the historical information it gave. I picked this book up at a card store, and did not know what to expect. I was delightfully surprised! Cherokee Rose was a remarkable girl, and Britt Claiborne was the perfect match for her. I really liked this book and will probably eventually read it again.
Good way to get one interested in Cherokee history Mar 6, 2007
After reading this book I was inspired to want to look up more stuff on Cherokee history.
It was nice to read a book on 2 of the things I love very much which is Jesus ( Christianity ) and the Cherokee ( my ancestry).
This site is under contruction and doing some changing but still has alot of good info about the Cherokee.( at one time this site would read itself outloud, perhaps it will in the future again so keep your speakers on)
I also say that this site is a good one---> http://cherokee.org/
Cherokee Rose Feb 6, 2007
Awesome book - would definitely recommend!! Have since purchased many more books by Al Lacy and have not been disappointed.
A well written book, but a little lacking in accuracy. Aug 14, 2006
Overall, I liked this book. It was beautifully written, and you could really envision what was happening. The characters are very well written, and you really feel them in their hardship. The story really keeps you going, and at times, I couldn't put it down. However, I think that the historical aspects were a bit lacking. For instance, Seqouyah went West to OK in 1829. The trail that Cherokee Rose takes in this book ("Trail of Tears") happened in 1838-1839. Seqouyah, therefore, could not have traveled with them, as it is protrayed in this book. Also, I felt that the story glossed over a lot of what happened during that time. It made people seem a litrle to happy at times. Yes, I realize it's fiction, and not a history book, but I feel that historical books should be as close to history as possible. Again, Cherokee Rose is a great book, with many good qualities, but if you want the real story of the Trail of Tears, check out www.cherokee.org.