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The Clever Mill Horse

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The Clever Mill Horse

By Jodi Lew-Smith

Caspian Press, Paperback, 9780991341207, 424pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2014

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1810, upstate New York. 21-year-old Ella Kenyon is happiest gliding through the thick woods around her small frontier town, knife in hand, her sharp eyes tracking game. A gift for engineering is in her blood, but she would gladly trade it for more time in the forest. If only her grandfather's dying wish hadn't trapped her into a fight she never wanted.



Six years ago, Ella's grandfather made her vow to finish his life's work: a flax-milling machine that has the potential to rescue her mother, brother, and sister from the brutality of life with her drunkard father. The copious linen it yields could save her struggling town, subjugate the growing grip of southern cotton. Or it could be Ella's downfall.



Making the machine work is only the beginning. Fulfilling her promise will take her from the hills of Iroquois country through the rough iron towns of the Pine Barrens, the sophisticated streets of Philadelphia, and to Washington City, a capitol younger—and wilder—than Ella herself. Now she must find the one man who can protect her design—and her family—from the pirates at her heels, ready to steal everything she's achieved. And if she's not quick enough, not clever enough to succeed, more than her own life rests in the balance...
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