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Caledonia

A Novel

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Synopsis

Anna Issac’s choices are bleak. She can’t imagine marrying the revolting Frenchman her malicious brother has chosen. The only other option is to beg a man she barely knows, a Highlander, to help her run away. Escape would be a challenge for any fifteen-year-old, but it is particularly difficult for a Jewess living in 17th century Scotland.

Three centuries later, the death of Hanna Duncan’s father unleashes a chain of events that leads her to an ancient key with a peculiar etching. Once deciphered, the clue points Hanna toward a safe deposit box in Edinburgh where Hanna uncovers Anna’s role in the creation of Scotland’s New World colony.

Caledonia promised to be a unique trading hub, connecting commerce between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but starvation, ship’s fever, and incompetent leadership dogged the 1,200 colonists from the moment they left Scotland. More than half would be buried at sea or in the colony’s muddy cemetery, and Anna would not be immune from the dreadful conditions. The outpost, Caledonia, was deserted in less than a year.

CALEDONIA is a tale of these two strong women separated by three centuries but bound by mysterious circumstances. 21st century Hanna keeps uncovering evidence linking her to 17th century Anna. Both women experience romance, adventure, and tragedy as the reader witnesses them becoming more and more connected.

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