Three Bundles for Freedom is the story of slave children and siblings Maddie age fourteen and Ben age nine. We meet the children as their mother is sold and Maddie realizes she and her brother must run away. Assisted by an Underground Railroad conductor they are whisked aboard a northern bound steam ship. On the boat Maddie and Ben encounter Lazlo, a seventeen-year-old indentured cabin boy. Lazlo offers to help them escape from the slave finder who has followed onto the ship if all three travel to freedom together. We share their journey as the ordeals heaped upon the three fugitives by the pursuing slave finder, the northern winter, and fear of the unknown morphs their relationship from an uneasy alliance into a deep and trusting friendship. We are witness to their struggle and to their transformation as reaching freedom Maddie, Ben and Lazlo discover that it comes with responsibilities.
Harriet is a retired New York City educator who in 1997 wrote and self published The Final Four, a group of Holmes type stories. She then wrote Beneath Saint Brigid’s Cross, a mystery that continues the story of Doctor Watson living in the United States after the death of Sherlock Holmes.
After leaving the Board of Education Harriet began writing Three Bundles for Freedom. Since then she has completed the second book, The Gift of Freedom.
Harriet and her husband divide their year between California where they spend time with their grandchildren and the Adirondack Mountains of New York State where they live in the 1819 stone schoolhouse depicted in the book.