Today’s interview is with Madeleine Mitchell, author of The Open Doorway.
The Open Doorway is an historical time travel romance set against the American Civil War and the Lincoln Assassination.
Twenty eight year old Leigh Boswell is on holiday at Gettysburg with her abusive husband, Daniel. At the Slaughter Pen on the Gettysburg battlefield, she encounters the Shawnee storm goddess, Kokumthena, in the guise of a child. The storm Kokumthena summons launches Leigh back in time to the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Here, she meets Lewis Thornton Powell, a young Confederate soldier who carries her to safety at the expense of being captured by Union Troops. Thus, begins a two year adventure for Leigh where she’s forced to work as a nurse in the horrific field hospitals of Old Dorm and Camp Letterman. After being taken under the wing of Confederate sympathiser, Maggie Branson, she travels to Baltimore where she helps Maggie engineer Powell’s escape from a Union hospital. Fate and circumstance take her deep into the Virginian countryside where she’s adopted by Daniel’s ancestors; the Chandlers, befriends a psychic slave, Minnie, and survives the burning raid of Loudoun Valley. Once more her path is crossed by the enigmatic Powell with whom she seems unable to escape a mutual destiny.
Tormented by her knowledge of the future, Leigh is driven to the sprawling metropolis of Washington DC in a desperate bid to change history and stop the assassination of Abraham Lincoln; but as her nightmare unfolds, she finally uncovers the terrible truth about the man she loves.