"In my village, there were thieves in the night . . . . . Body snatchers."
Is it possible to look upon one's grave and yet remain very much alive? Such was the life that Josie Clay, formerly known as Josephine Clayton, was living, but it came with a price. The fact that she lived and breathed upon the table of a snatcher meant that another had to take her place; a cruel trade-off for the sake of her penniless father.
Travelling away from her hometown to find employment while she watched and waited, Josie unintentionally becomes fond of her employer, Braham Taylor. Unexplained accidents seem to plague his cotton factory and Josie's skills as a healer draw her into an unwanted limelight. Soon Josie comes face-to-face with a nearly impossible decision, forcing her to search the depths of her heart, and to plead with the only One who truly holds the power over life and death.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Expect to hold your breath many times over while turning every page of this astounding story!
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Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
True Colors – Fiction Based on Strange-But-True History
In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her
Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she gas assisted for several
months. Yet, she is still very much alive.
After the doctor’s
illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine
awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his
crime, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared.
They strike a deal—Josephine will leave her village and work at a
distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission—posing
as a mourner to help the body snatcher procure her replacement.
At the mill though, Josephine is praised for her medical remedies among
the other female workers, gaining attention from the handsome factory
manager, Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the
prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put
her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at
What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?
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