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The Life and Times of Stephen Bliss By Duane Parks
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A young New Hampshire pioneer carves out a life in the Southeastern Illinois wilderness and helps establish one of the earliest Presbyterian churches in the state.
Mercy's Trace By Duane Parks
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Twelve-year-old Malachi, abandoned in the Ohio wilderness, migrates with the mule he was raised with, Revelation, to the Upper Sangamon River in the new state of Illinois. Without his concurrence, he... More > is married to Phoebe Mercy, a young woman intent on separating herself from her step-mother and breaking all ties of dependency to her family. Phoebe is intent on transforming him from a loner into a husband and father, roles his early life has not prepared him for. Into their lives come the Princess, the young Cajun ward of wealthy Cyrus Duvall, both with criminal backgrounds they cannot allow to become known, and Otis, the black Englishman, whose freedom is threatened by the social upheaval occurring in the years before the Civil War. Also settling in the territory is Stagger Eagle, the old Sauk Indian forced to abandon his tribe as a youth because of a horrendous mistake. But pasts are not so easily left behind. Like shallow graves, old secrets threaten to be unearthed, often with unknowable consequences.< Less