In Emma Field, Book II, the young Canadian heroine of Book I has left home and now continues her adventures in the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Arriving as a teacher at the Nine Partners Boarding School, Emma soon becomes aware of the social inequalities of mid-19th century America. She is inspired by reformers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott at the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls. She then daringly assists the Quakers involved with freeing slaves on the Underground Railroad.
Excerpt from Book II: “Do you think me and Teachah Emma could become rich making honey?” asked Jessabelle-Rose [of the tall and gangly Gershom Butt].
“Potentially, you could! Not instantly, but if these hives do allow you to manage the bees as Beemaster Langstroth expects, you could earn an income from them and so could every farm woman in the country!”
Jessabelle-Rose danced in a circle, her hands flapping above her head. “A revolution – a tiny revolution out behind every barn in America!” She stopped abruptly. “But we need a second hive.”
“I will make thee one. It will be an act of precision I may not be capable of, but I shall try. And let us not make it a revolution, Jessabelle-Rose, for there are few revolutions that change things for the better. Let us work at simply altering things in our world.”