Review & Giveaway: Into the Heartland by Jack Casey

Into the Heartland by Jack Casey

Publication Date: March 8, 2021
Diamonds Big As Radishes, LLC
Paperback & eBook; 404 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

A forbidden love.
An impossible dream.
And a daring venture to open America...

The year is 1810. For decades men have dreamed of reaching west of the Hudson - of unlocking the untold riches in America’s heartland. Yet, these visionaries lacked the necessary skill, willpower, and political might.

Enter: DeWitt Clinton, mayor of New York City.

Ignoring naysayers and cynics, Clinton vows to construct an audacious waterway through the wilderness to Lake Erie. For this he needs support from the highest echelons of New York society. And there is only one woman with the talent and connections for the job.

Eleanora Van Rensselaer, an aristocratic widow, rules a vast Hudson Valley estate, but her wealth and power will vanish if a dark secret is revealed. Clinton enlists her charm and intelligence to battle his formidable opponent Martin Van Buren. When Eleanora encounters Daniel Hedges, a dashing ship captain with frontier ingenuity, she knows he is the key to this massive project. Eleanora’s social savvy and Hedges’ skills make them an ideal team - if they can fight the powerful feelings growing between them.

But as America plunges into the war of 1812, they could lose all that they have built.

From America’s stunning naval victory on Lake Erie to the British invasion of Washington, D.C., Daniel and Eleanora persevere through tragedy and deep personal loss. Despite Van Buren’s plot to sabotage Clinton and expose Eleanora’s secret, Daniel and Eleanora won't stop until they make their colossal dream a reality.

And somewhere along the way, they might just find a love that will change them, and America, forever.




There is nothing better than spending the weekend with a great book! I was lucky enough to spend mine with Jack Casey's Into the Heartland, a sweeping tale about the construction of the Erie Canal, which transformed the transportation of goods and ushered in a new era of ingenuity and prosperity.

Into the Heartland focuses mainly on Eleanora, a wealthy and influential widower who is fascinated with the project and wants to help, and Daniel, a ship captain that was hired as the lead surveyor for the Canal. Their instant attraction must be kept in check as Daniel is married yet Eleanora can't fight her feelings for him for very long.

The romance takes a back seat however to the political machinations that take place as Dewitt Clinton, the mayor of NYC, fights to get approval for his Canal project, which he hopes will broaden his political standing. You will recognize a lot of names while reading this book, such as writer Washington Irving, Martin Van Buren, James and Dolley Madison, and others.

It's clear that the author did extensive research and it was fascinating to learn about this pivotal time in American history and how the Erie Canal came to be.

I truly enjoyed Casey's writing and I look forward to reading more from him. Highly recommended!

About the Author

JACK CASEY is an attorney who has handled civil, criminal and constitutional matters for thirty years in his solo practice. In HAMILTON’S CHOICE, Casey dramatizes the last three years of Alexander Hamilton’s life, and plausibly explains why he went to his first and fatal duel. Casey’s newest release, INTO THE HEARTLAND, is a sweeping saga of adversity and triumph around the building of the Erie Canal (1810–1825). His other published historical novels are LILY OF THE MOHAWKS and THE TRIAL OF BAT SHEA.

Casey graduated with honors from Yale University and Albany Law School, and has studied literature at Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities. He lives in Troy, NY and Raleigh, NC with his wife and editor, Victoria.

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