Betrayal and revenge overshadow the beauty of the frontier, leading to love lost and then found in a most unexpected place.
A place no proper debutante or military bride dare seek.
A place where the sacred ponies could be tamed.
West Point-May 1865. America’s Civil War has just ended. Beautiful, eighteen-year-old Abbey Charteris, the toast of the Philadelphia debutante crowd, marries Lt. Ed Kincaid, her handsome hero. They move west with his cavalry regiment to Fort Laramie in Indian Territory on the very edge of the frontier. Here Ed’s regiment protects the wagon trains, the settlers, and the railroad workers, while quelling Indian uprising as America expands. Abbey didn’t expect her life to be like the fairytale existence she was used to, but she also didn’t expect it to be turned upside down where friends become foes, and where her beliefs are smashed beyond recognition. When her life at the fort is threatened, she flees to the Indians for refuge. Here, Abbey Charteris Kincaid, the fragile debutante, meets the love of her life and her true vocation, shedding her porcelain facade to fight for the lives of those she loves.
Sacred Ponies is the epic follow-up story to Summer Rose, continuing to follow the lives of Daniel and Abbey Charteris, Summer Rose, and their ever-expanding family.
Sacred Ponies is Caroline’s second novel, continuing the story first introduced in Summer Rose, Hartman’s first novel. Her maternal great grandfather fought with the Army of the Potomac from June 1861 to June 1864. He left behind an honorable account in his detailed diary of the years spent with the Army of the Potomac.
Caroline first read the diary—in his own handwriting—while taking an American History course at Penn State. After graduating, she taught elementary school, raised a family, and has been a constant student of the American Civil War. She read hundreds of history books, dragged her children through battlefields, cemeteries, and countless museums. She walked the fields of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, listening for the drums and feeling the pride as well as the heartache. Caroline Hartman currently lives in Chester County Pennsylvania.