What We Didn't Know
"That was somethin’ about Mamma, she always led people around. She didn’t even try. Folks just happened to follow her. When I asked her about it once, she said that it was because Nellie shared grandmother wisdom, insight passed down from the ancestors. Mamma claimed to have passed it on to me. She created me in this wisdom, teachin’ me things so very different from what was typically known beyond the fence."
Samuel Hodgdon, II
Down from the Tree
Etched in Granite Historical Fiction Series (Book Three)
When you read "Etched in Granite," the first book, you were invited into the heart and soul of Abigail Hodgdon. Her journey was powerful and raw. She opened up to you, imprinting on you in an unexpected manner.
In "Down from the Tree," her son, Samuel, deepens this knowing of Abigail. He fills in gaps that we did not know existed until he showed up, illuminating her place as a mother, healer, and person of power at the poor farm.
I didn't know how important the element of magical realism was in childhood and as a cross-genre with historical fiction. This process provided more insight than I knew was possible.
For this process and discovery, I give thanks.
Yes, there will be a fourth book: "The Crows' Path."
As long as the stories continue to emerge, I will write them.
Mj Pettengill, Author
Etched in Granite Historical Fiction Series