I’m fascinated by people who died mysteriously. What really happened? How might they have changed the world if they were given more time? Theodosia Burr Alston (Dear Theodosia from the smash musical Hamilton) was one of those people. I visited her South Carolina plantation, now Brookgreen Gardens, when I was five. I walk by her Charleston home when I pop into the cheese shop. I’ve always wondered what happened when she disappeared at twenty-nine.
Hard to Die addresses the various rumors surrounding Theodosia's death by giving her a new adventure. She reappears 150 years later in Cold War New York City. Stuck in an in-between, timeless place called “Nowhere” – where people whose deaths are unresolved find themselves resurrected under the guidance of a “Nowhere” steward – Theodosia is presented with an assignment: she must help a living soul navigate a life-changing crossroad. If she fails, she is to be doomed to a fate worse than death – erased from history’s timeline, forgotten forever. Meanwhile, a young man named Richard Cox thought he could walk away from life as a spy in post-WWII Germany and begin again as a West Point cadet. He was wrong. His former commander, George, finds him, and presents him with an impossible ultimatum: remain a spy… or die. In a darkened train station, Theodosia and Richard collide and become immersed in a world where no one is as they appear. As they fight their attraction to each other, they must learn to trust each other – or become pawns for a bigger foe determined to see them fail.
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