“It would have to be now or never. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and jumped!”


Based on a true story. Etienne's family is fleeing La Rochelle in the dead of night to avoid arrest, but his cousin has offered him a safe haven. Now he must choose - stay and pursue his dream of becoming a musketeer or leave and face an uncertain destiny. Both choices are fraught with dangers. Either way his life will never be the same.


Based on true events, this story traces one boy’s journey from France to America in 1660 as he finds the courage to save himself and those he loves.


Etienne Gayneau doesn’t understand why the Catholics and Protestants in France can’t get along, only that it means he’s not allowed to see his cousin and best friend, Nicolas, and why he’ll never be a musketeer. But when a bounty is placed on his father’s head for being a heretic, he must choose to flee with his family, or to run away and hide out with his Catholic cousin.


Etienne must give up everything he has ever known as he faces many dangers along his journey. Along the way, Etienne will befriend a beautiful Dutch girl with a dangerous father, confront his guilt over the death of his brother, and face off against injury, illness, and death. Will Etienne choose to fulfill his family’s expectations, or will he plot the course for his own destiny?


About the Author

Amanda M. Cetas recently retired after teaching high school history for fourteen years where she discovered that students, young and old, learn best through stories. She has been researching her family genealogy for three decades and finds inspiration for her historical fiction by showing how unknown people from various backgrounds impacted historical events and in turn how those events impacted the real people caught up in them.


Amanda lives in Tucson, Arizona for most of the year with her husband and two little Yorkie mixes. She escapes to the beach at Rocky Point, Mexico over every break in the school year and to the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon each summer. She has three grown children and three beautiful grandchildren.

Thrown to the Wind

SKU: 978-1-7332034-5-6
  • Cetas skillfully plots Etienne’s journey as an uphill climb full of switchbacks, with determination gradually replacing indecision, and a clear-eyed faith supplanting fantastical visions.... The vivid story of a boy discovering his value on the perilous voyage of early American settlers.