Charley's Choice: The Life and Times of Charley Parkhurst

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Charley Parkhurst ran away from an orphanage, worked hard learning horse craft, and, over the ensuing years, earned a hallmark reputation driving a six-up in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, and California during the gold rush era. When death overtook Charley many long-time friends and acquaintances were astounded to learn the tough old stage-driver was a well-endowed woman who had given birth at some point in her life. A member of the all male Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Charley was the first woman to vote in California during the 1868 federal election, fifty-three years before women won the right to vote.

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"American history is filled with stories of courageous women who served as soldiers, gold miners, spies, and powerful business leaders - in a time when women were forbidden such roles. Charley's Choice is the masterful tale of a frontier woman brave enough to spit in the eye of the Devil himself, Fern Hill's portrait of Charley ranks as one of the finest characterizations I've read in a very long time."
          --Kathleen O'Neal Gear, author of The Betrayal: The Lost Life of Jesus


"Fern J. Hill's debit novel, Charley's Choice: the Life and Times of Charley Parkhurst, reveals a remarkable and memorable character. While one may not always agree with Charley's choices, one can understand them because Fern J. Hill takes us inside Charley's life in telling this fascinating story. There can be no doubt that here was a person with great passion for horses and for driving big stages in an era when doing so meant both adventure and danger; and it was clearly not the purview of women. Fern's fictional biography reminds us of what must be sacrificed to live a full life enduring the trials and triumphs that a dream demands; and of the friends we all need along the way. Kudos to Fern for bringing Charley Parkhurst to life!"
          --Jane Kirkpatrick, best-selling author of A Sweetness in the Soul, Winner of the Wrangler Award for the Outstanding Western Novel

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Like her protagonist Charley Parkhurst, Fern J. Hill fell in love with horses at a young age and showed Morgans throughout her youth. While she still rides, time for all things horses is now limited due to a different passion her writing. While working on her own fiction over the past decade, she has served in a variety of positions on the board of a large writer s organization in eastern Pennsylvania, where she lives with her golden retriever and calico-tiger cat. Fern owns a business that edits and formats doctoral dissertations and masters theses.

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