Missouri to California 1860: Courage to Submit (Settling The West)
Missouri to California 1860 Courage to Submit is a true story full of imagined people. The year is 1860 and the journey stretches from Independence Missouri to California along the Oregon and California Trails. The courageous settlers take historically accurate steps. Just as with the actual settlers, they face the wrath of Mother Nature; battle Indians, starvation, disease, and sickness. They know about grief, and they know that their survival depends on the family they create as they travel. Some didn’t make it, the rest honor the real settlers who did.
What is different about the story is the creative license exercised when it comes to the people’s relationships. In 1860 the language of dominance and submission - BDSM wasn’t out loud yet, but even without the labels, it was a time when men led their families, made all of the decisions, and did indeed take their errant woman over their knee.
My wagon masters are dominants and they expect total submission from the women they love. They order their women, but they listen to them too. They vigorously step up to their responsibilities, and failure isn’t in their vocabulary. They are powerful, confident, controlling men, but I have written them fancifully tender at times, subject to the same pain and grief as those around them, and very much ahead of the time when it came to the way they guided their women… because I could.
This is both a history lesson and a love story. I had a hell of a good time writing it. Please enjoy the journey with an open mind.
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