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Dr. Faunce's Latest Novel:

The Rifle and The Rose

The Rifle and the Rose is the real-life love story of Robert C. Elliott who met and fell in love with Elizabeth Campbell, and the eternal love of Robert’s parents, Jane Gaston and William Elliott. This story begins during the time of the Revolutionary War and continues through America’s second war of independence, the War of 1812, and the settlement of the southern part of the Indiana Territory where Abraham Lincoln grew up during his youth.

Their love was real, and their love stories were based on facts gleaned from historical, genealogical, and Elliott family letters, documents, and passed down oral history. Their factual stories are enhanced by fictional characters, events, and the realities of the times during the early part of the 19th Century, and the settlement of the Indiana Territory.

A powerful historical novel, combining the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and a tender love story. You will not want to put this book down!



This book weaves historical details together with a moving story of love and family; knowing it is based on actual people and events in the early 1800s makes it even more compelling. I thoroughly enjoyed it!



The best book this author has written thus far. The authenticity of the relationships, his passion for bringing it to life, along with telling the story, made all the difference. The last chapters left me in tears and wondering what happened to the Elliott family in the following years.



A beautifully written love story using language and events common during the era from the Revolutionary War to settlement in the Indiana Territory. A must read for historical fiction fans.



Historical fiction with wonderful descriptions of the lives and loves of the Elliott clan intertwined with events of the Revolutionary War through settlement of the Indiana territory.



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