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Set in turn-of-the-century Florida, this frontier saga traces the life of Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the first English-speaking teacher in the region, as she struggles to teach school in the Seminole Nation and lead Indian families to Christ. Ivy is disliked by tribal leaders in spite of her obvious love for their children, yet she eventually overcomes their resistance and serves as their spokesman in negotiations with the U S government. Already scarred by her mother’s tragic death in childbirth, Ivy overcomes her husband’s suicide and other devastating disappointments to share her faith with her adopted people and eventually earn their love.
Like all of us who search for meaning, Ivy yearns to experience the power of faith, understand the limitation of human protection, and learn the importance of perseverance in caring for those we love.
“Spinning a tale of love, adventure and history, Kirkpatrick draws readers into the lives of Frank and Ivy Stranahan, real-life influential settlers of Florida. Readers will forget this is fiction based on fact as they read about the unusual love story that took place amid daily danger and great hardship….Kirkpatrick thoroughly researched this couple and their impact on the Seminole tribe and the founding of Fort Lauderdale. As a result, readers will feel they’re a part of the Stranahan life and times. Highly recommend this book to men and women.” —Christian Booksellers Association Market Place
“Her research gives the book depth; her empathy gives it a soul.” —The Sunday Oregonian
“With a compelling literary style, the reader is drawn into the story and immersed in the hardships and triumphs of the early settlers and the surviving Seminoles…Ivy is revealed to be an early visionary and crusader for the environment and women’s rights.” —Marco Island Eagle, Florida
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