06 Mar 2015 1 Comment
Title: Cut From Strong Cloth
Author: Linda Harris Sittig
Published: November 21st, 2014
Publisher: Freedom Forge Press
Genre: Historical Fiction
Content Warning: Non-graphic sexual content
Recommended Age: 18+
At nineteen, Ellen Canavan lives for the dream of her late father: to succeed in business. But being a woman in 1861, she finds the path to entrepreneurship blocked many times over. The threat of war, her mother’s disapproval, and even a malicious arsonist threaten to limit the aspiring textile merchant to the status of impoverished Irish immigrant. As she travels from the factories of Philadelphia to the riverfront wharves of Savannah with her business mentor, James Nolan, the Civil War explodes amidst their blossoming love, and the two are separated. Can Ellen’s undaunted, fiery strength guide her through a divided nation, or must she abandon her dream in order to save her own life?
Excerpt from Cut From Strong Cloth by Linda Harris Sittig:
“Then you don’t know me as well as you think. Remember when I told you I wouldn’t let disappointments interfere with my dreams of success? Weaving is my legacy from Da. I was meant to become a textile merchant all along. And I don’t need anyone taking care of me. I can take care of myself.”
“Ellen, your Da’s been dead for years. You don’t owe him a thing.”
Her eyes stormed as she held her head high. “I’ll succeed for him because he never got the chance.”
James shook his head. “If I canna talk you out of this foolhardy scheme, then I won’t be giving you my blessings for the trip.”
“I dinna ask for them.”
About the Book Interview with Linda:
What was the inspiration behind this story?
I discovered the grave of an unknown ancestor buried with only her husband’s name for identification, when I started looking into her life I found out that she had been an incredible woman who never got credit for her achievements.
Tell us about your main character.
Ellen Canavan is a 19 year old Irish immigrant who wants to get into the Philadelphia textile empire, but is discriminated against because she is a female.
How long did it take you to write this book?
I did research on Ellen Canavan for 10 years and then it took 2 and ½ years to write the novel.
Tell us about your cover art and how it pertains to your story.
The factory in the background is the real Nolan factory from Philadelphia in 1861. It is still standing today, although the art editor had to Photoshop the graffiti out!
Of all the books out there, why should readers choose this one?
Because it shows the life of a young determined woman who struggled to break the glass ceiling of her era and while she had many set-backs, she persevered in the end. Although Ellen Canavan lived in 1861, her story resonates with women of all ages even today.
About the Author:
Born in New York City, and raised in northern New Jersey, Linda’s love of history and a commitment to family and literacy led her to a career in writing articles and books for parents, grandparents, and teachers on how to instill the love of reading in children of all ages. Twice recognized for her journalism by the Virginia Press Association, Linda and her husband live in western Loudoun County, Virginia, where the Blue Ridge Mountains are the first to greet the dawn.
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
• Print copy of Cut From Strong Cloth (US)
• Ebook copy of Cut From Strong Cloth (INT)
• $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT)