Novel spotlights McMinnville
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#1 Apr 26, 2012
First copies of Knowing Daniel were published last week. The author thanks the Magness Library for its help in learning about McMinnville as it was in the early 19th Century. Mr. Walker was helpful in finding the story of Daniel West, a veteran of the War of 1812, who at one point decided to live in a tree after losing his wife to her first husband, thought to have been dead, but turned up full of vim and vigor to claim her in McMinnville. He was also helpful in giving me facts about the birthing tree on Sparta Street.
The book can be ordered from any major book store or directly online at any of their sites, such as Barnes & Noble, or obtained directly from the publishers at:
Here's a bit about the book if I don't run out of space:
Daniel begins life inside a covered wagon beneath the limbs
of an ancient birthing tree. He is strong of body and sensitive
of mind, and cared for by his only parent, Melinda, after is
well-meaning but footloose father, Jacob, abandons them.
Haunted by nightmarish events in his past and faced by a
ruthless enemy, Daniel's mind is further taxed when he reaches
manhood. He suffers an inability to choose between two
attractive young women. One is a lovely, but spoiled, daughter of
and influential man
A brown-eyed Cherokee woman who marries his friend, Seth,
is abducted by kinsmen and returned to the tribal village. Seth follows
her and they make their home among the Cherokees.
As the War of 1812 rages on, the two friends meet again on the
battlefield - one with life-changing news for the other.
#2 Apr 26, 2012
McMinnville was used as the model for the fictitious town of Oakville.
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