The Open Doorway



A novel of time travel and the Civil War


Time travel hurts. You don't need machines or black holes or event horizons - just Shawnee magic, an electrical storm, and a dose of good old fashioned agony. 

It’s the summer of 2015, as British dancer, Leigh Boswell, flees her abusive husband on a vacation trip to Gettysburg, USA. If the creepy child she meets at the Devil’s Den isn’t enough to freak her out, the storm the girl summons blasts Leigh into the aftermath of one of America’s bloodiest battles on 3rd July 1863 where, sick and disorientated, she’s helped by a young confederate soldier, Lewis Thornton Powell, whose simple act of compassion has repercussions across two centuries. 

In the Federal field hospitals of Old Dorm and Camp Letterman, and the notorious West's Building Prison Hospital in Baltimore, Leigh is taken under the wing of confederate sympathiser, Maggie Branson, and endures the horrors of Civil War nursing as she struggles to adapt in an alien world. Fate and circumstance take her deep into the Virginian countryside where she’s adopted by Daniel's ancestors; the Chandlers, and meets once more with the enigmatic Powell, with whom she seems unable to escape a mutual destiny. 

Tormented by her knowledge of the future, Leigh is driven to the sprawling metropolis of Washington DC in a desperate bid to alter fate and change history; but as her nightmare unfolds, she finally uncovers the terrible truth about the man she loves. 

The Open Doorway is a novel of struggle in adversity, timeless love, and karmic absolution. It pits the past against the future where for everything given in life, a price must be paid; and for everything taken, something wonderful is offered in return.


 "The twin soul ain’t here just to make us happy, it here to teach us somethin’. And sometimes, that teachin’ so hard and painful, only our soul mate can hurt us enough to drive the lesson home. It ain’t always about what we want. Sometimes, it’s about what we need."
Minnie Chandler - The Open Doorway.       

"I saw good and evil on the battlefield, kindness and cruelty,dark and light. Before the war, I didn’t know just how much darkness there was."
Lewis Powell, The Open Doorway.

‘I’ve danced at Abraham Lincoln’s birthday bash... I’ve peaked.’
Leigh Boswell - The Open Doorway.

‘He ain’t one to suffer fools neither. You don’t ever want to get on the wrong side of the terrible Lewis Powell!’
Sam Mitchell - The Open Doorway