Preserving Liberty

15 Feb

ID-10050603It’s Presidents’ Day! I love all things American history, and every year I use this holiday to reflect on past leaders.  The passionate and heartfelt words our founding fathers used to pen the Declaration of Independence give me goosebumps. Abraham Lincoln’s wisdom and integrity will continue to astound generation to come. And I can’t hear FDR’s speech regarding the attacks on Pearl Harbor without wanting to stand and clap for the patriotism that oozes from every syllable. As a kid, I watched Ronald Reagan address the nation on our TV, and I remember feeling safe that he had things under control.

We can learn so much from history, good and bad. Things we should repeat and situations we should avoid.

When the original Library of Congress was burnt in 1814 by the British, Thomas Jefferson sold his entire collection of books from his Monticello home to the government to replace the loss. He believed there should be a place where all men could go to gain knowledge and learn history. This idea started a trend throughout the nation to what we now know as our local public library.

I’ve always wanted to write a story that demonstrates my passion for American history, for each and every person who’s had a part in moving our country forward. So when my publisher called me last December and asked if I’d write a novel for their Pure Amore imprint, I pulled out my file of “book ideas” and settled on a plot I’ve really had to dig deep for. It’s titled Preserving Liberty and should release sometime in 2017. In the meantime, here’s a little teaser:

Historic Preservation Specialist Liberty Carmichael loves her position at the Library ofID-100330108 Congress, preserving some of America’s oldest documents. But when a radical group known as the Truth Seekers threaten to steal five books from Thomas Jefferson’s original collection, because they believe they hold clues that will lead to a hidden document proving Thomas Jefferson fathered children by his slave Sally Heming, Liberty steals the books herself to keep them safe. After all, who would suspect the president’s daughter of committing a federal crime?

Undercover FBI Agent Cole Harding has infiltrated the Truth Seekers to finish the job his deceased father started. But Liberty Carmichael wasn’t supposed to be part of the equation. After rescuing her from a shoot-out with the Seekers, he decides it’s impossible to take her home, as she’ll be arrested, the books confiscated, and his goal of bringing justice will be no closer than it was for his father. Together, they decide it best to follow the clues themselves.

In a race-against-time journey through the original colonies, Cole and Liberty learn to rely on each other and their abilities, while resisting their electric attraction to each other.

Happy Presidents’ Day!


~Candice Sue Patterson writes Modern-Vintage Romance–where the past and present collide with faith. Her Christmas novellas Bright Copper Kettles and Silver White Winters are available now. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release on November 1st with Pelican Book Group. For more, visit her website at


Opening photo courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee/
Photo of man and woman courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography/

Posted by on February 15, 2016 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Preserving Liberty

  1. Robin Patchen

    February 15, 2016 at 7:38 am

    I can’t wait to read this one, Candice! Like you, I love history, and I love novels that dig into history and teach me something. I’m sure yours will be fantastic!


  2. Pegg Thomas

    February 15, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Sounds great, Candice!


  3. Candice Sue Patterson

    February 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Thank you, ladies! I’m having a blast writing it. 🙂


  4. jerichakingston

    February 17, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I can’t wait to read this!! 🙂



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