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Friday, September 11, 2020



SettingTwo Hearts Free, the third story of my Revolutionary War series releases October 6th, 2020. For those who haven’t read A Heart Set Free or A Heart For Freedom, this is a stand-alone story. 

This story picks up in 1781 five years after A Heart For Freedom ends and focuses on the younger generation. The war is winding down but the danger and challenges the characters face haven’t—and some will last long after leaving the battlefield.

Emotional, psychological, and some physical injuries may not be obvious but they have been with mankind since the beginning of time. It took until the late seventeenth century for the invisible wounds of war to be identified and those names varied depending on the war.

What we now refer to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was eventually accepted as a diagnosis in 1980. It can result from any incidents that cause intense anguish. It can begin during or after the event(s), be of short, periodic, or long duration, and be triggered unexpectedly by a myriad of causes.

Those who suffer from it can experience various problems such as loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, insomnia, physical weakness, anxiety, apathy, heart palpitations, irritability, fever, and depression.

The two main characters, as well as others, experience life-changing trauma in Setting Two Hearts Free:

Donald Duncan joined the Patriot cause for noble reasons, battling the British while enduring deprivation and hardship on every side. The war has changed him, and now the battle is internal. Returning home to Virginia is in sight where a new life and his Mary wait for him.

Mary Stewart spends the war years with her family at Stewarts’ Green, helping them operate their ordinary. Daily, she prays for Donald’s safe return, eagerly waiting for him … until that day the evil side of war touches her.

Two hearts changed by a war that dragged on for six years. Two hearts left hurting and struggling to find the love and trust they once knew. Is there a path for them to rekindle what was lost, Setting Two Hearts Free?

Setting Two Heart Free is dedicated to all who suffer the invisible wounds of war and other trauma. And to their families and loved ones, sometimes struggling to best know how to help and cope.

A Heart Set Free ~ Selah Award for Historical Romance

A Heart For Freedom ~ Christian Inspy Award for Historical Fiction 


  1. Congrats, Janet! Sounds like a great story. I am now finishing a revolutionary war story, Anna Grace, to be released next year. It is Book 3 in my historical Charleston Brides series. (Book 2, Georgia Ann, releases Nov. 17.) I have loved researching this period. So much amazing history comes to light that confirms God's merciful intervention in the founding of our nation. It really gives us great hope for for His continued intervention as we pray these days. One story I found most surprising was about Washington, barely into his second term. Raucous crowds of 10,000 people demonstrated in the Philadelphia streets against the president when he refused to lead our young nation back into war again against Britain to help the French who had assisted us so much. Daily they threatened to drag him from his house. But when it seemed our fledgling nation was about to fall over the precipice of civil war, an outbreak of yellow fever, according to VP Adams, turned the tables. You can read this story in the Journal of the American Revolution. Blessings on your coming launch,
    Elva Cobb Martin, Pres. ACFW-SC Chapter, Anderson, SC

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elva. This Revolution is a fascinating era. One can see God's hand in our history so many times, before and since. I believe it will take repentance, prayer, and believers' courage to stand up and for Biblical Christianity to turn things around in our nation.

  3. Sounds like a great book. I suffer from PTSD from trama that I endure from an abusive marriage. It is wonderful it is being brought to others attention.

  4. Thanks for sharing that, Lucy. This book is dedicated to those who suffer with PTSD and those who care for them.


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