Thrown to the Wind
Based on true events, this story traces one boy’s journey from France to America in 1660 as he finds the courage to save himself and those he loves.
Etienne Gayneau must give up everything he has ever known as he faces many dangers along his journey from La Rochelle to the New World. Along the way, Etienne will befriend a beautiful Dutch girl with a dangerous father, confront his guilt over the death of his brother, and face off against injury, illness, and death. Will Etienne choose to fulfill his family’s expectations, or will he plot the course for his own destiny?
A Home in the Wilderness
Coming early Spring 2021!
Based on true events, this story continues Etienne’s story in America in 1663 as he must chart his course through a dangerous New World.
The story of Etienne Gayneau continues in A Home in the Wilderness, the second book in the series, A Country for Castoffs, as he develops new friends and faces new dangers both at home on Manhattan and on the high seas.
Etienne must try to avert a war between the colonists on Manhattan and the indigenous tribe of his best friends. Then, as young seaman, he will have to find a way to escape from old enemies, survive natural and man-made disasters, return home, and help save the home of a new friend, Abraham Dayton.
An inspirational and vividly unique story of loss, self-discovery, and redemption. Very entertaining - 5 stars.
Fantastic Literary Services
Amanda Cetas has pulled together an excellent story, here: one that is sparkling with adventure and excitement, and rich with historical details. Etienne is an excellent hero.... And for anyone looking for a middle grade/YA novel that brings history to life, I would highly recommend Etienne's story, as well.”
Theoden Humphrey, English Teacher and Author
I enjoy historical fiction and this book did not disappoint. It is evident the author did an extensive amount of research for this book. A glimpse into the past of the people that came to America for whatever reason always makes me wonder about them and the courage it took to make such a voyage. The book definitely left me wanting to know of Etienne and his future. I am certainly looking forward to the next book.
Verified Amazon Reader
There is so much to enjoy reading Thrown to the Wind! The maps are a great addition to the text and the descriptions of people and places are skillfully woven into the plot. The adventures of the hero, Etienne, and all that he learns and survives are just super. He is truly a hero!
S. Welch, retired child educator
This book is an enjoyable read; it is informative without being overwhelming, and the story is fast-paced. Middle and high schoolers will enjoy the adventure and not feel bogged down by details, but adults can read it and appreciate the attention to historical facts. I look forward to the next installment.
Melissa W Kelly, avid reader