Jane Frances Collen has spent the last umpteen years practicing as a lawyer – but don’t hold that against her! She has made a career of protecting Intellectual Property, but at heart always wanted to be writing novels instead of legal briefs. She has written award-winning children’s books, “The Enjella® Adventure Series,” using fantasy as a vehicle for discussing the real world problems of children. She has tried to use her talent for storytelling for good instead of evil.
But her real love is history. One of her many hobbies is traveling to historical sites around the world and reading the biographies of the people who affected these places. Her books depict modern dilemmas in historical settings, with a touch of humor. Since only one of her parents had a sense of humor, however, Jane feels she is only half as funny as she should be.
Much to her husband’s dismay, they still live in New York.
Watch for the second book in the “Journey of Cornelia Rose” series of historical/women’s fiction novels, Walk Away West, to release on 14 September 2020.
Pack up and leave her home? Never see the broad Hudson River, which flows both ways past her sitting room window, again? Eschew the glories of New York City and the wonders of the 1850s modern technology, and head out to unknown territory in the Wild West?
Cornelia Rose—armed with her midwifery training, as well as literature and history knowledge, thanks to older brothers’ education and books—embraces the opportunities that life in the metropolis of New York provides.
In love and happily married to Obadiah Wright, her life is a fairytale of abundance. Surrounded by her family, the couple establishes a home and enjoys the entertainment, society, and technological marvels that make life in the 1850s so easy. Adventure finds her, whether she is touring New York City’s first World’s Fair, or a passenger on a disastrous steamboat ride.
Her life takes an unexpected turn with Obadiah’s decision to heed the call of the West. As his wife, she has no choice but to leave her home, family, and the comforts of civilization, and join him in accepting his opportunity to become circuit judge in Utah Territory. In spite of her endless hours of research, nothing prepares Cornelia for the arduous walk from the packet boat on the Erie Canal toward the Wild West.
And watch for the third book in the “Journey of Cornelia Rose” series of historical/women’s fiction novels, Pioneer Passge, to release in late 2020 or early 2021.
Cornelia Rose thought leaving the comforts of home and her family would be the greatest challenge she would ever have to face.
Life on the Oregon Trail is full of more deprivations, difficulties, and challenges than Cornelia ever imagined, in spite of her research and preparations for the rough road ahead. She summons all her resourcefulness to combat the hardships leading them to her greatest unknown. What will be waiting for them in the Great Salt Lake City, and who is that silent brooding man who seems so familiar on the wagon train with them?