Between Sea and Memory: Lost at Sea
France, Gibraltar & North Africa, 1795
An adventurous tale with some herbal remedies that might be as bad as the afflictions: Kate Senlis, an American sea-going healer, is now caught between countries and accusations. The problem is just how can she find her way home when everyone she meets thinks she’s a spy or wants to sell her to a harem or kill her for something she can't even remember? More
When Katie was six, marauders attacked their family settlement on the frontier of the New York colony. They kidnapped her older brothers and killed everyone else, including her mother. Katie was hiding then, the only survivor, but she doesn't remember that day.
Her father was at sea at the time, but took her with him ever after. Kate grew up around the world learning about people and customs. From reading her mother's journals, she now has the woman’s way with herbal healing too—almost. But when she gets a rap to the head by French Revolutionaries who think she might be a danger to them for some reason, Kate starts remember again.
With the troubled waters of war swirling around Europe, she wants to go home to America, but that is more easily dreamed than done these days. But sometimes home is where the heart is—that sounded like one of her mother’s sayings. Now if she can just get that captain of the Royal Navy to realize the same thing. Wonder if her mother wrote down anything about love potions . . .
“True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher.”
John Petit-Senn (1792-1870)
Historical Facts: Europe, 1795
French Republicans are locked in a bloody counter-revolution with a persistent, but unorganized Royalist resistance in a time there called the White Terror.
The French Revolutionaries have declared war on England as well, and the powerful British Royal Navy is now blockading Europe.
To replenish their war-torn navy, the British are known to stop merchant vessels of any flag, forcibly conscripting anyone born in Britain, even if they call themselves American now.
Pirates from North Africa and the Middle East are ravaging trade vessels in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
In response to the growing threats to their merchants and even their sovereignty, the USA has formed a small, but impressive, navy. American frigates are said to be formidable.