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From Publishers Weekly“Set in the American colonies in 1750, this is a tale of discovery, acceptance, war, love, and cultural awareness. A realistic historical piece, this novel is fraught with danger and heartbreak, but buoyed by romance and the hope for survival into future generations. A meticulously researched, exhaustive look at the uneasy coexistence of early settlers and native populations, the novel fully immerses the reader in a foreign world. Historical fiction buffs especially will want to know what happens to the MacNeills and the Cherokees in the next installment. The prose is flawless and the characters are robust and believable. Impressive.”About the TUCKASEEGEE CHRONICLESDevastated by Scotland’s failed uprising against England in 1745, exiled highland warrior Ruary MacNeill transports his wife Elspeth, two children, and three orphaned nephews to America to operate a trading post and horse-breeding enterprise in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Southern Appalachian heartland of the large and powerful Cherokee Nation.Set in America’s first frontier during the French and Indian War, the TUCKASEEGEE CHRONICLES (1750-1764) are a long series of short novels, a multigenerational saga following the Scottish MacNeills as they interact with the Cherokee during a time of political upheaval when the Cherokee Nation is at war with other Indian tribes and has become a pawn in the conflict between England and France for control of the Atlantic seaboard.The MacNeills gradually discover that Cherokee clans are not unlike Scottish clans, both culturally and spiritually, and that friendship, love, and loyalty can cross cultural and racial boundaries.THE VALUE OF RUBIES: Book Twelve of the Tuckaseegee ChroniclesThe saga continues when Cowee warrior Joe Buck Cheatham spends several months in Charles Town learning how city dwellers live, the fundamentals of domestic and international commerce, building construction, journalism, slave trading, and other business enterprises in the bustling seaport. When his father Abraham Cheatham visits him in Charles Town, along with several Cherokee friends, Joe Buck gains deeper insight into his father’s way of looking at the world, both English and Cherokee, and realizes that everyone must make decisions for himself in a multi-cultural world. Meanwhile, back home on the Tuckaseegee, Mairy MacNeill musters all her courage and fortitude to take care of her family and to survive a tragedy that befalls them. With the help of Bonfire Buchanan, she struggles to manage the Rocky Branch Mercantile and Horse Stamp, to help Bandy recover from his wounds, and to prepare for a hard winter ahead.About the AuthorBetty Cloer Wallace is a tree farmer in Western North Carolina and a former teacher of writing and literature at a North Carolina community college that serves the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the largest concentration of Scottish descendants outside of Scotland. Her British ancestors settled in the Great Smoky Mountains in the 1700s and intermingled with the Cherokee who, along with their predecessors, have populated the region for thousands of years.A former school district superintendent and principal in North Carolina and Alaska, Wallace spent ten years in Eskimo villages in the Alaskan Arctic—Bering Strait, North Slope, and Northwest Arctic—which greatly influenced her interest in human migration patterns and how indigenous populations are impacted by immigrant cultures.