Title: I, James
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity4Popsicle Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.
Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.
Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?
This is actually a story that spans several generations and starts with a young boy and girl who don't know each other in the beginning but were born on the same day and same year.
The book is about both of their lives starting out in one place and ending up in another. It's actually a really sad story about how 2 children are taken from their comfortable families, especially James, who had rich parents, and was kidnapped by pirates and sold as a slave.
Rosalind's story is pretty much the same except her father is in the navy off somewhere when his wife dies and Rosalind is taken away to become a slave also. Thankfully, she is taken to someone who in the end befriends her and decides to help her escape.
Both of their journeys are exciting to read because they both share the same qualities: they are survivors who make the best of their circumstances and do not cry and beg their captors, but learn to adapt and make the most of their situation.
This was the 2nd book in a series and their journey continues on in future books. Can't wait to see where they end up as they grow older!
About the Author:
Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years.
He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.
Mike won first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Dante Rosetti Award in the YA category for I, Walter.