Victory’s Gate is the first story I had published, but not the first work I completed. Captain Sean Fitzgerald was a Union soldier wounded in Charleston, SC in February 1865, the day before the Union Army claimed Fort Sumter. Victoria Hamill is a jilted bride from 2007 who has decided to spend her honeymoon trip alone in Bury, Lancashire UK. The quaint moss covered cottage has a garden gate in the back yard covered with thick ivy, but during her drunken stupor she finds the door, and pulls it open, crossing from the present to Civil War torn Charleston.
Luckily for Victoria she knew enough about the family history and her name sake who lived during the Civil War times. This makes it easier for her to step into her ancestors shoes without altering history too much. Falling in love with the Union Captain is not something she anticipated especially since she was left standing at the altar only days before, but nursing Sean has a healing affect on her as well. The two spend a romantic few days together despite them being from different sides of the war.
I don’t have a photo of what Sean Fitzgerald looked like to share with you this week. I will leave the reader to their own devises, but I would like to urge you to read this one if you haven’t. I just revisited it myself and was surprised that I forgot just how good of a story this one is. I see now why people were telling me it was very sensual. When you write something it is hard to see it that way, but when you step back and look at it with fresh eyes years later, you can appreciate it.