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The Power to Deny

Wendy Long Stanley is an author of historical fiction. Her first book, The Power to Deny, recounts the life of Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, one of colonial Philadelphia’s most educated, illustrious, and spurned, women. 


Young and brilliant poet Elizabeth Graeme comes of age in colonial Philadelphia bearing an exceptional talent for writing and an unwillingness to be like all the other young women around her.

After a successful trip to England and an audience with the king, the sudden death of her mother and two failed romances leave Elizabeth reeling. Back in Philadelphia, she uses her literary talent, intellect, widening social circle, and status as a prominent physician’s daughter to navigate her colonial life as a single woman.

That is, until the night Henry Fergusson arrives in her parlor. Elizabeth marries Henry four months later in a secret nighttime wedding, against her father’s wishes.

As a new wife, Elizabeth is stunned to see that Pennsylvania is marching towards revolutionary war. Suddenly, Elizabeth’s hometown becomes the seat and heart of the rebel government as the thirteen colonies turn their backs on the all-powerful British empire. Bloodshed ensues.

With battles of the American Revolution on her doorstep, Elizabeth realizes that she is a new American—and an ardent patriot. Her new husband, however, is staunchly loyal to the British crown.

Elizabeth stands to lose everything.

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About Wendy

Wendy Long Stanley was born in the UK, raised in Canada, and has lived in the United States for ten years. She holds a BA in English Literature and is currently working on an MA in Public History. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two teenage daughters.