Highlights from MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS to be watching out for include local landmarks, including Lake Nipmuc, Route 16 and Taft Avenue in Mendon, Massachusetts; the Nipmuc Native American Nation. Morgan horses, the Rev. Adin Ballot, how the Quakers have been promoting women’s rights in the 1600s, and how immigration took place in the 1800s when our forefathers arrive to the United States.
The Nipmuc Native American Nation was called Nipnet. It extended south to Rhode Island, home to the Narragansett Native American Nation; north to New Hampshire and Vermont, home to the Pennacook and Wawinak Native American Nations; west to the Pocomtuc and Mohican Native American Nation; and east to the Massachusett, Wampanoag and Nauset Native American Nations.
The greater Mendon area has numerous historical footprints of the Nipmuc Native American Nation, such as the gleaming shores of Lake Nipmuc. It was a pleasure to grow up in this area. Old Sturbridge Village is the setting of this fiction work of art. From here half of the family members in this book time travel back into history, ancient history and pre-history. They are very surprised to learn what they learn.
Horse lovers will appreciate knowing that the two fictional Morgan horses in this fiction novel, are from Figure, the real horse owned by Justin Morgan. He was a teacher, composer and horseman who lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was the practice in 1830 to call the horse by the owners name. Figure’s colt became the founding sire of the Morgan breed. These horses are known for their charisma and companionableness.
The Morgan horses in this story are named Gitche and Manitou. Gitche Manitou is the Native American name for Great Spirit, God. Morgan horses are also able to out walk, out run and out pull any other breed of horse, making them a perfect fit for the Old Sturbridge Village setting.
The Rev. Adin Ballot was a real person who influenced Mendon through the Mendon Unitarian Church, a sister church to Hopedale. Much of his humanitarian and religious philosophy has trickled down to this day.
The Quakers were one of the first group to promote women and women’s rights. They even allowed women to speak and teach at the Religious Society of Friends Meetinghouse. Additionally they also promoted women authors.
When it comes to immigration, this book takes a look at what the people of 1830 had to do to come to this beautiful United States of America. It is good to remember.
I hope you enjoy this book. I will write again as soon as it is re-released.
The update for THE MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is now complete and is in the hands of the publisher. As soon as I review and approve the printed copy, it will be available again for sale online through http://www.iuniverse.com, local bookstores, and all online bookstores. It will also be available as an eBook.
The revision of THE MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, a time travel, historical fiction novel, takes the cast of characters through the yesteryears of Old Sturbridge Village in 1830. Little known facts of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, and Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, George Washington, Zachary Taylor, John Tyler, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Jimmy Carter and Barak Obama make for intriguing reading.
Even President John Quincy Adams makes an appearance in this historical account which mentions him, as one of the famous people who traveled on the Hartford – Worcester Turnpike, with a major stop at Old Sturbridge Village.
Abolitionist history unfolds in this book, with the local flavor of the Samuel L. Hill House and the Ross Farm in Northampton, as part of the utopian community called the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, about nine towns from Sturbridge.
Other safe houses mentioned are the Elisha Hammond House, the Dorsey-Jones House, the Hall Judd House, and even the house of the Rev. Rufus Ellis at 48 Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton.
More excitement takes place as some of the family stays in real time, visiting all of houses, churches and buildings of Old Sturbridge Village, while other members of their family travel through ancient and pre-history, discovering accurate Bible history along the way.
Brie is the young female protagonist of the book, and gets abducted by one of the Nephilim, meets Noah and his family, and gets to babysit Jesus.
MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is currently under revision to more accurately reflect Bible, Ancient and Pre-History. It is an amazing insight, a modern DNA-like discovery of how Noah’s sons re-populate the world through the empires. In the process, the mystery of where the Christmas traditions originate is discovered. This book is a must read for anyone interested in accurate history and Bible history. MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, subtitled, CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, is expected to be re-released this spring. It will be worth the wait.
The first Olympics took place in the year 776 BCE, with Alexander I, the predecessor of Alexander the Great participating. Alexander I could only participate after he proved his Greek heritage. These great sporting contests took place in the Greek city of Olympia, named after Queen Olympia, wife of King Phillip II. This information comes to light in the newly released historical fiction/fantasy book, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.
Abe, Greg and Greg’s mother, Sarah, are attending one of the special workshops on the Greek Empire and its effects on Old Sturbridge Village in the 1830s. The evening kicks off with the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, which is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year. Many workshops take place in the Village buildings.
This trio attends many of the fictions workshops taking place during this special night, by horse-drawn sleigh rides over snow-packed, dirt roads. The Greek Empire explaining how Aristotle is the tutor of Alexander the Great, and Plutarch affect history during this time.
Gracing the beginning pages of the book is a quote from Plutarch: “To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.”
MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED has two major themes running throughout this dramatic, time travel book of human possibilities:
There is one race, the human race.
“To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.” Plutarch
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The arrival of this unique novel re-opens history which in some cases has remained locked. It addresses the real history of Christmas and where the origins of the Santa Claus myths; and fresh insights to the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires, with connections to Noah and his sons, as they spread throughout the world. While this is a fiction/fantasy novel, the history, ancient and pre-history is accurate and plausible.
Brie is the thirteen year-old protagonist, who along with her cousin and best friend, eleven year-old Abby, their Grammy Rose and Aunt Cher (Abby’s mother), goes back in real history to live out and learn important historical events, via a set of antique keys found in a huddle library in Old Sturbridge Village.
Meanwhile Brie’s brother Greg, their mother, Sarah, and Abby’s twin brother, Abe, remain in real-time, sharing adventures on a horse-drawn sleigh and Stage Coach carriage, observing animals from Southwick’s Zoo in the live manger scene complete with a Bactrian camel, and taking them to numerous historical presentations throughout Old Sturbridge Village, and an encounter with a dangerous wild wolf. Throughout the annual Christmas by Candlelight celebration, they learn about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, the Panic of 1837, Adin Ballot, Hopedale, Hopedale commune, the Babylonians, Medea, Persians, Greeks and Romans, and how ancient history shaped the people of 1830, which filters down to our present day Christmas customs and traditions.
While MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, is appropriate for people of all ages, it is particularly targeted to young adult audiences, from pre-teen to those in their 20s and 30s, because it provides room for differences of opinion in all matters, soul searching and character building, all while building upon accurate history, ancient and plausible pre-history. This allows individuals the breath of thought, to be able to consider for themselves things that they may never have pondered before, or might possibly reconsider in a new light.
“This poignant book weaves an interesting tale of possibility, shedding new light on old subjects.” John T. Hourihan, Jr., author of Play Fair And Win and Beyond The Fence Converging Memoirs, co-authored with Amanda Eppley. This quote graces from front cover of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.
MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is the title of the novel. CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is the subtitle. This is the first of a series springing from Old Sturbridge Village, which depicts the history of 1830 in the living museum in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. If you have never been, it is certainly worth your time investigating this popular destination point.
With the new cover re-design of the softcover version, putting the author name and the title on the spine, the eBook also needed to be reformatted. Today the eBook version is released again. The re-design of the cover now allows this book to be put on Barnes & Noble Bookstores shelves, if it passes their criteria, which usually takes up to three months.
Another criteria that Barnes & Noble Bookstores investigates is positive consumer and editorial reviews. I welcome good reviews if this book has added to your knowledge of history, ancient or pre-history, or has added to your sense of adventure.
Whether you like the softcover version, or prefer to read your books on Nook or Kindle, you can enjoy all of the benefits of your Barnes & Noble Bookstores membership.
It helps the book to make it to bookstore shelves if you call your local bookstore and request it. This is a good mystery, accurate history, and dramatic time travel adventure with a 13 year old, female heroine. The worlds needs a vibrate, strong, young female protagonist to be a role model today. Through the experience of history, Brie learns that there is only one race, the human race. She and her family also learn about immigration and slavery.
Time travel adventures bring Brie to babysit Jesus, from his birth until he is two years old, while other family members find out the secrets of Santa’s birth, and their connection to Abraham Lincoln.
Those of you who like fiction and history, with a touch of fantasy, will find this book intriguing. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.
The new cover of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS-CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, to put the title and my name as author on the book spine cover, is now completed. Bookstores want both title and author name on the book spine, in order for the book to go on retail bookstore shelves. Online orders for the softcover version is now available again! The eBook version is expected to be ready in about 4 weeks. I’ll keep you posted. You may also click on the link below to see if the eBook is available. If you see it, it is there. I hope everyone enjoys learning ancient, Bible, recent and pre- history as much as I enjoyed researching it.
My fiction novel is now available for purchase. I hope you enjoy it.
Brie is the thirteen year old protagonist of this fiction novel, at a time when a young, strong, female character is so needed in the world. She deals with individuality and relationships, and comes to realize there is only one race, the human race. She time travels to the birth of Jesus in a stable, hears the choirs of angels sing, and babysits Jesus.
In other chapters, Brie gets captured by the Nephilim, meets Noah and his family, and travels to the Sanctuary of the Great God’s in Greece. Her cousin Abby, Grammy Rose, and Aunt Cher share the adventures.
Brie and her family sails the Mediterranean Sea with Dodanim of Noah’s lineage, helps save the day during the Roman wheat shortage, hears Jesus first hand give the Sermon on the Mount, meets Apostles Paul and Timothy on the island of Samothrace, and learns why Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death.
While Brie and part of her family time travel, her remaining family is attending Old Sturbridge Village’s 70th Anniversary in 2016, featuring the Christmas By Candlelight annual celebration. Brie’s mother, Sarah, her brother Greg and her cousin Abe, who is Abby’s twin, enjoy a fascinating journey through the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Panic of 1837, an introduction to the Rev. Adin Ballou, angels and Santa Claus; all presented in the many historic buildings that make up the Village.
The snow filled evening is complete with a Christmas turkey dinner, horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides, a moving wall, a hidden library, a ring of antique keys, antique locked books and adventures with Bactrian camels, wolves, to allow a family to learn little known historical connections between Noah’s sons, and the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires.
This book is inspired by a set of large keys handed down to me from my grandfather, F.
Louis Tetreault. I am sure these keys went to the farm on Blackstone Street, Mendon, Massachusetts, either to the barn, locked chests, equipment, or to the house both he and my grandmother, Maria (Benoit) Tetreault lived in. My mother is number thirteen of fourteen children. Mom, aunts, uncles and cousins, I love you all. I am so glad my Canadian French grandparents had so many children, or else I would not be here, or have had so many cousins to make my childhood so happy.
Or the keys might have belonged to my grandparents’ Vermont cottage or the shed on Sheldon Hill Road, with the Wardsboro Brook directly behind it, where my sister, cousins and I would brave the icy waters flowing into our tiny, dammed up swimming spot. When I was young, I would often spend weeks and months living with them in their home away from home, while my mother, as a single parent, worked full-time painting radon on watch hands so they would glow in the dark. Both my beloved grandparents have since passed away, and were very dear to me. I treasured them and everything about them, even these keys.
The book’s timely publication covers the April 20, 2016 announcement by the United States Treasury planning to put Harriet Tubman’s picture on the front of the $20 bill, moving President Andrew Jackson to the back in the year 2020. Fascinating information between President Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin is also included in this work of fiction. The names of Old Sturbridge Village including all the buildings at this place, and the Christmas by Candlelight celebration are real. However, I have never attended the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, and the adventures in this book are pure exciting fiction.
Also real names in this area are: Thai Place, Annie’s Country Kitchen, The Bird Store and More, Brimfield Antique Center, Southwick’s Zoo, McLean Hospital, Harrington Hospital, B.T.’s Smokehouse, and the Sturbridge Tourist Center.
MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS ~ CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is available at:
You are invited to a book signing by Linda Hourihan for this book, December 9, 2016 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at for the annual Night Owl Christmas Open House, taking place at The Bird Store And More Open House, 4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge, MA. The event is known for good food and drink, among the treasures of the store. The Bird Store And More appears in the book, featuring the galvanized, super tall, bear proof bird feeding pole, since the author had three regular bird feeders, cemented into the ground, taken down, cement and all, by black bears. Check out The Bird Store And More website: thebirdstoreandmore.com, or call (508) 347- BIRD; or (888) 823- 2473.