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19th Century

Martha Forsyth Haut

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Left. is a unique tri-plot trilogy. No book or movie addresses those who hid their farms from Bushwhackers after the government ordered evacuation during the American Civil War. In this trilogy courageous, humorous moon-shine-brewin' women in southwest Missouri have quite a time hiding from Callie and her Bushwhacking band during the American Civil War. Thoughts of Pearl, the city girl left to hide the farm, Carl, a naive newlywed farmer, mistakenly finds himself kidnapped by Bushwhackers, Lemuel, a young black man, who joins the 1st Kansas colored infantry, and reclusive Esther, who finds her courage in more than one life or death circumstance, are in italics. Eight other colorful characters, two Osage Indians, add much to the plot. Though the first book is a complete tale, The Bamboozlers and Turn About continue the saga of these ten brave, middle-aged souls just trying to survive the war.


Family, Historical Fiction, Suspense / Thriller, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Epic,

Short Summary

Carl marries naive city girl Pearl and they move to his farm in southwest Missouri as others are evacuating due to the Bushwhacker raids. The neighbors are burned out, his wife is left alone on her farm when he is kidnapped by those he fears most.

Exhausted Pearl, MayBee, Leeta and Dottie are reunited with the men as they outwit and defeat Miss Callie and her band.


Southwestern Missouri and the Kansas plains, Ft. Scott, Kansas, and Honey Springs battlefield site.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Twist,Female empowerment

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: All eight characters are pivotal. Pearl, a middle-aged, naive newlywed, who cleverly hides the farm from Bushwhackers. Esther is a recluse forced into the woods when her home is burned. Dottie leaves society to hide moonshine in cakes. Leeta is an outcast Osage who makes moonshine. Kidnapped Carl is Pearl's husband. First Kansas Colored Infantry soldier is Lemuel. All share the plot.

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Insecure, Skillful, Complex, Confident, Funny, Gracious, Naive, Outspoken, Secretive, Educated, Faithful, Flexible, Honorable, Desperate, Engaging, Modest, Selfless, Heroic, Perseverance

Additional Character Details

Name: This is tough, all are interesting. Pearl's neighbor, Esther is the recluse who is forced from all she knows. Taken to Ft. Scott, she defends herself, kills a sergeant and talks her way to freedom at the trial. She becomes evil Miss Callie's worst enemy as she turns from timid to terrifying.

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Engaging, Funny, Greedy, Complex, Insecure, Manipulative, Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Modest, Secretive, Crazy, Criminal, Desperate, Educated, Faithful, Gracious, Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Carl Weller, Pearl's husband

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Insecure, Modest, Skillful, Engaging, Heroic, Perseverance, Secretive, Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Desperate, Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Lemuel and his mother, MayBee, lived with reclusive Esther.

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Selfless, Skillful, Aspiring, Complex, Flexible, Funny, Leader, Engaging, Faithful, Heroic, Adventurous, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Empathetic, Masculine, Charming, Gracious, Outspoken, Desperate, Honorable, Obedient, Patriotic

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available



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