In contemplating the work of a historical fiction novel, such as Nixon and Dovey, the reader is presented with many layers of character and plot development. Here we preview the characters and history that are woven into the plot, giving the reader insight into the dynamics of our story line.
And So It Begins
Nixon Curry, son of poor Scot-Irish immigrants, falls in love with Dovey, the spoiled daughter of the state’s wealthiest and most influential senator. When Senator Caldwell, against Dovey’s will, betroths her to Nixon’s nemesis, Ben Wilson, drastic measures become necessary. How far will Nixon go to have his lover? What price is he willing to pay and what will be the consequences?
Before he met Dovey, it was just a heated feud. Now it’s a deadly game of passion-driven murder and revenge.
Deftly written around an array of colorful and lively characters, Nixon and Dovey is an emotion packed and stunning portrayal of one of America’s earliest and most remarkable sagas. It is a story of deep love and devotion strangled by greed and misused talent, of fear and resolve leading to murder and mayhem, and of soft-hearts and hardheads. It’s faction at its best.
Facts: In 1818 Nixon Curry became entangled in one of the most sensationalized murder/love stories in early American history. His fame derived not from the brutality or number of his crimes but from the determination of the Charlotte aristocracy to hang him. His remarkable talents, undying love for Dovey Caldwell, and the outright audacity of his exploits made him an early American legend. Blum’s Centennial Almanac featured his story as one of a handful of unbelievable sagas in America’s first century. Nixon and Dovey revives the two hundred year old legend of horse racing, love, passion, slavery, murder, and revenge.
Story: Nixon Curry, a talented farm-boy, lands a morning job at a racing stable. His riding skills soon rival those of his mentor, Ben Wilson. A fierce rivalry develops which becomes confrontational at the 1816 Race-of-Champions. During prerace festivities, the dashing, young Nixon meets the beautiful Dovey, daughter of the state’s wealthiest and most influential senator. While Curry tries to secretly court Dovey, a fire breaks out at the plantation and Ben, blaming Curry’s slave friend, murders the slave. Nixon is enraged. Finding Nixon unworthy of Dovey’s affection, Senator Caldwell betroths Dovey to Ben. The announcement sets in motion a clash of cultures, talents, and passions leading to murder, mayhem, and revenge.