The Matrimony Plan
When I looked at the setting for The Matrimony Plan
, I knew I wanted to do something centering on Prohibition. The United States constitutional amendment, ratified in 1919, took effect in January 1920. Its effect still must have been felt that summer.
Often in my research, one detail catches my attention, and the research for this project was no different. Early on I learned that Michigan, along with many other states, had state prohibition long before the national law took effect. Temperance movements were strong in the 1910s, and Michigan had "gone dry" by 1916. That didn't stop the flow of liquor, though. Michigan's close proximity to the Canadian border afforded an easy avenue for bootlegged alcohol to enter the state. The Detroit News has a fascinating story on the Detroit River connection
. Likewise, the Mackinac Center gives a good overview of Prohibition in Michigan
I was also fascinated with the whole orphan train movement, which was drawing to its close by 1920. It would linger on into the latter part of that decade in some places and even into the 1930s in others. Michigan accepted the first orphan train into Dowagiac in 1854 and in the 1920s was one of the states still welcoming them. To read more about orphan trains, see the National Orphan Train Complex
website, the PBS American Experience
program on orphan trains, and The Orphan Train in Michigan
. Also many wonderful books have been written on the topic. Check with your local library.
Pets play a big role in Gabe and Felicity's story. Read
how a real-life dog ended up in the pages of the book.
I hope you enjoy the story!