About the Book
In seventeenth-century England, men were expected to grow up into the family business. John Dairyman, raised a humble, lowly dairy farmer, dared to rise above his station by becoming a blacksmith. But when his talents exceeded his master’s, John’s life and the course of events that followed sent him on an amazing, life-changing journey that would take John to America.
The Indentured is a dramatic, action-packed love story that follows John’s exploits along with his beloved Chastity as they leave England for the wilds of the American Atlantic coast. Author Mike Prater draws from tales of his family’s history, offering a unique historical perspective that allows him to capture life as it existed when the first Englishmen came to the undeveloped shores of North America—including how they dealt with the turmoil during England’s civil war and the effects it would have on shipping, the people, and the settlements in the New World.
John and Chastity live in a time of great change. Yet together and with God, they will move ever higher in life and in faith as they reach for the renewed hope of a young new country and its many opportunities for growth, faith, and love.
About the Author
Mike Prater is a preacher, teacher, engineer, songwriter, singer, historian, brother, father, and friend. But to all he’s simply Mike. Mike grew up in southern Ohio and was strongly influenced by the culture of the Appalachian people, and he never forgot his roots even though he moved from his home when he joined the US Air Force. The things he has learned and experienced since leaving his beloved home have provided a rich backdrop to his writing.