Steven D. Nielsen
Historical Fiction Romance Author
Two Runs of Stone Book Series
To my dear wife Susan Y. Nielsen
For her love and devotion and tremendous support throughout the fifteen years it took to create this true historical romance series.
Book One, “A Beckoning Call”
Beneficiary of her father’s lands, livestock and gristmill, Catherine Rasmussen’s otherwise secure life was greatly impaired by her marriage to Elias Jensen, so-called Doctor of Jurisprudence, political aspirant and know seducer. Only her sons kept Catherine on track. Her home, the mill and other outbuildings had been spared the devastation of Denmark’s 1864 war with Prussia but left Catherine emotionally shattered. A precious necklace and a few thousand pieces of gold in the vault behind a painting of the mill represented half of Catherine’s liquid assets but doubts over Denmark’s future had the heiress anxious.
Protestors thronged the cobbled streets of Copenhagen demanding answers for Denmark’s war with Prussia and reform of the country’s archaic, monarchial system of government. Free elections of a more representative body in the government had grudgingly been granted but the people wanted more. Adding spice to the boiling political stew, the human existence philosophies of Soren Kierkegaard had shaken the government’s bed-partner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church (Denmark’s state church) awake and caught up in the fray was a student protestor Catherine’s eldest son Peter. But of greater concern to her was Peter’s romance with Maren Carlsen. The implications of Peter and Maren’s union included immigration to, of all places the former United States of America, itself a boiling caldron of Civil War and all in all had Catherine very despondent.
Was Peter’s desire to leave Denmark his way of ending the conflict between himself and younger brother Ferdinand, was it what happened to Hans or was it genuinely connected to his recent discovery of peace and direction in his walk through life? Perhaps it was simply he and the lovely and enticing Maren Carlsen not wanting the State Church to perform their marriage ceremony… Probably a summation of all factors, Catherine wasn’t sure. Her own marriage was a disaster. Some days divorcing Elias, selling the mill and her land holdings then traipsing all over the globe didn’t sound so illogical!
“Two Runs of Stone” is an epic historical fiction/romance novel series set in the late 1800’s, the result of fifteen years of concerted effort. Actual journals of the women and men who lived and died during the era provide the foundation of the work not to mention the saga of pioneering of western America by their Danish, English and American ancestors.
Here’s to good reading!