Who is Molly Lake
The MOLLY LAKE Chronicles
Molly Lake (1745 – 1810) was born in colonial New York. She grew up on her parents’ farm near Schenectady in the Mohawk River Valley. For thirteen years she was an only child to tenant farmers, Peter and Marie Lake, and is close to her parents. Peter and Marie eloped at sixteen (Marie’s parents disapproved of Peter not being Acadian as they were). Marie taught Molly and Peter to speak French fluently. Molly is attractive, auburn haired, and something of a tomboy. She stands 5 foot 5 inches. Until her marriage in 1761, she helped with her parents’ farm that is situated on Johannes Van Rensselaer’s patroonship which spanned much of central-eastern New York.
In The Molly Lake Chronicles Molly learns quickly that when her goals align with her supervisor’s goal(s), she will receive mentoring. When she does acts of heroism, her motives will be straightforward to the reader and they will find her actions credible. Molly’s motivation is mostly love, for example, love of a family member or love of a shipmate or boyfriend. When their lives are threatened, Molly acts.
Another feature of the novels is the presence of Parisian paladins meddling in Anglo-American affairs. These personal representatives of the crown existed in King Charlemagne’s era, and correlate to King Arthur’s Knights of the Roundtable, even to the point of having the “one bad egg.” Of course, those bad eggs surface to challenge Molly and the reader will enjoy the similarities and differences between Captain Rene d’Alquier (1 – The Triangles of Quebec) and Count Geoffrey de Charnay (2 – Barely Afloat).