Lizzie, Jack, Jovie...you've come to love them in the Ella Wood trilogy. Now get to know these important characters better. This series of novellas will fill in some gaps in Ella Wood's main storyline. Experience Lizzie and Ketch's escape north. Follow Jack and Jeremiah into the Confederate army camp. And find out exactly what happened to Jovie after Gettysburg.
Each Ella Wood novella is approximately 85-95 pages and can be read as a stand-alone, but starting with the main trilogy is recommended. To avoid spoilers, read in the following order:
Book 1: Lizzie. To be read anytime after the first book of the Ella Wood trilogy, Ella Wood.
Book 2: Jack. To be read anytime after the second book of the Ella Wood trilogy, Blood Moon.
Book 3: Jovie. To be read after the third book of the Ella Wood trilogy, Ebb Tide.
Lizzie has made it aboard a ship without anyone guessing her deception, but many miles still lie between South Carolina and freedom in Canada. With two small children to hide, she and Ketch will no longer have their former master's daughter, Emily, nearby to protect them. They'll need to rely on their wits, their strength, and each other.
Though Lizzie loves Ketch and longs to merge their two small families, she's still haunted by that violent night at Ella Wood nearly a year before that resulted in the birth of her son. Will she be able to put that nightmare behind her? Will the north hold the peace, safety, and love she so desperately desires?
But before the steamer even leaves Charleston harbor, the water grows red with danger...
For the better part of a decade, Jack has lived a double life. To all appearances, he's the spoiled heir to one of Charleston's wealthiest plantations. But his life would be forfeit and his family in jeopardy if anyone knew what he'd really been up to. He'd be shunned from polite society if anyone guessed his plans for Ella Wood. So he maintains his lonely façade, with no realistic hopes of marriage and only slaves to confide in.
When war comes to Charleston, Jack enlists in the South Carolina Infantry. But military service brings him into contact with a beautiful and unlikely confidante. Will his dreams for Ella Wood outlast the war? Will his new love?
After taking a bullet at Gettysburg, a clever maneuver lands Jovie in a Northern hospital instead of a POW camp. Staying alive means remaining unidentified. But when a devastating amputation claims his leg, Jovie loses the will to live. His best friend died at Antietam a year ago, and the woman he's loved since childhood has made it clear that she doesn't return his affection. Why not just blurt out his secret and let it claim his life?
A chance encounter with a beautiful spy offers him new purpose, and the rush of their subterfuge distracts him from despair. But adrenaline is a poor substitute for hope. Despite her refusal, Jovie just can't forget the woman he still loves. Will he find the courage to renew his pursuit despite his disfigurement? Will a last long chance be enough to bring him home?
In this game of chance, will he even live long enough for it to matter?