Philadelphia, Perdy Rogers chafes under the strict rule of her Quaker
grandmother and the endless duties of her apprenticeship in Betsy Ross’s
upholstery shop. So when her best friend shares a secret and invites Perdy to
help plan an elopement, she’s thrilled to be with her friends again. But Perdy
has no idea that one favor will unravel the stable fabric
of her life and involve her in a tangled web of deceit, lies and treachery.
Disguised as boys, three girls head to the river to put Perdy’s plan into action, but only two return. When the third, a young milliner’s assistant, is found drowned with gold coins sewn into her hems, coded spy letters in her bodice, and a journal implicating another sewing apprentice as her co-conspirator, all eyes turn to Perdy Rogers. But she’s no spy!
Accused of treason, she struggles to prove her innocence with the help of a handsome stranger and learns the hard way that freedom, whether an individual’s or a country’s, comes at a cost.
As a Master Educationalist Gayle C. Krause taught Children’s Literature, creative writing,
storytelling techniques, and acting in upstate New York, where she trained young men and women to become successful Early Childhood and Elementary teachers. She also directed the Pre-K Laboratory School affiliated with her
teacher-training program and taught at a local SUNY college as an adjunct
Her years as a creative role model for teens and pre-school children have led to her career as a children’s author. She is a member or SCBWI, KIDLIT, INK, The JAGRS Writing Group, and a past member of the Historical Novel Society and The Poets’ Garage.
Perdy – Blue eyes, long blonde curly hair, average to thin build – 5’ 3”
Jane Ann –Dark eyes, long light brown hair, average to thin build – 5’ – 4”
Darach –Black curly hair, blue eyes, athletic build – 5’ 10”
Abby –Blue eyes, curly blonde hair, chubby cheeks – pre-school age
Adam – Dark eyes, dark brown hair, non-athletic – 5’ 9’