Joanna Catherine Scott

Recent Work

A 19th century Maryland heiress elopes to revolutionary Paris with a lieutenant from General Rochambeau's French army.


Inspired by the true story of Cassandra Deye Owings Van Pradelles of Cockeysville, Maryland

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“Cassandra’s story is compelling. The story begins at an invigorating pace, and provides rich details of 18th-century plantation life. Cassandra’s life could well be a fiery soap opera.” —Boston Globe

“A good sweep of history . . . Scott traces the uneven course of a real-life nineteenth-century Maryland heiress's love affair with the French pirate Jean Lafitte.” —Kirkus Reviews


“This finely wrought love story is filled with adventure, intrigue, and rich historical detail. Cassandra is a woman of her time, but relevant enough to appeal to readers of our time a s she gets caught up with the famous and infamous personages of American and French history . . . A great read.” —Sandra Dallas, author of The Persian Pickle Club


“The story of Cassandra is touching and will have readers captured from the beginning to the end. The history is excellent and even the smallest detail is not overlooked . . . a remarkable woman who sacrificed all for love and lived through so much in her life.” —Book Review Café


“Now and then, an author is able to write a story in such a way that the reader gets to know the characters so well he or she feels every emotion along with them . . . [Scott] puts the reader in the scenes and in the minds of the characters so deeply that, when the book is finished, we feel a sense of loss over having to depart.” —Roxboro Courier-Times


Cassandra, Lost is such a fascinating historical novel, taking the reader to Paris during the French Revolution and to New Orleans in the early years after the Louisiana Purchase; and because it's such an intense (though sad) love story.” —Katherine Johnson, NoveList

“Scott weaves a spellbinding tale based on the true story of one woman’s incredible odyssey from a prosperous Maryland farm to the devastation of Revolution-era Paris and back again . . . Brimming with romance, intrigue, and adventure, this spirited love story is firmly grounded in historical detail.” —Booklist, American Library Association