A Mi’kmaw boy’s only chance for survival after kidnapping a Nova Scotia settler lies in the hands of a colonist’s rebellious daughter.
In 1760, Lucy’s father is granted land in Nova Scotia in compensation for serving in the French and Indian War. Meuse, whose father was killed by British forces, learns the new settlers have been promised a bounty for Indian scalps. Seeking revenge, he kidnaps Lucy’s father. When a band of rangers burn down his tribe’s summer camp, only Meuse, in hiding with his captive, survives. But Lucy knows the boy who stalked her father. Now she is faced with an impossible decision. Does she reveal his kidnapper’s identity to save her father? Or does she protect a boy who has lost everything?
From Goodreads: A highly readable, book club worthy story! Riveting historical fiction. A tale of adventure, sacrifice, betrayal, and forgiveness. An amazing story which captures the 1760's history of Nova Scotia. Beautiful descriptions of the area and how the Mi'kmaw tribe lived as well as the invaders difficulties in their new surroundings. The characters are so real, you feel like you are right there with them. I did not want the story to end. With both outer physical conflicts and inner moral decisions to keep the story moving, I loved the well-researched setting, in both history and landscape. On Amazon: Granted reveals history from the viewpoint of one of the many unknown girls and women of history, whose ideas, wishes, and plans are often ignored by the history books. Lucy tells her own story, beginning with the kidnapping of her father, and the story of her family—father, stepmother, and siblings. The author weaves together two different families in Nova Scotia during the 1760s - one indigenous and one a family of settlers. The two central teenage characters make this a compelling read.
Kathryn Holzman’s short fiction has appeared in over twenty online literary magazines and print anthologies. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, FLATLANDERS, Shire Press 2019. Her first novel REAL ESTATE was published by Propertius Press in Fall, 2020. She received the Grand Prize in the 2020 Eyelands International Short Story Contest