Saturday, September 28, 2013

Book: The Courier of Caswell Hall

An unlikely spy discovers freedom and love in the midst of the American Revolution. As the British and Continental armies wage war in 1781, the daughter of a wealthy Virginia plantation owner feels conflict raging in her own heart. Lydia Caswell comes from a family of staunch Loyalists, but she cares only about peace. Her friend Sarah Hammond, however, longs to join the fight. Both women's families have already been divided by a costly war that sets father against son and neighbor against neighbor; a war that makes it impossible to guess who can be trusted.

One snowy night Lydia discovers a wounded man on the riverbank near Caswell Hall, and her decision to save him will change her life. Nathan introduces her to a secret network of spies, couriers, disguises, and coded messages---a network that may be the Patriots' only hope for winning the war. When British officers take over Caswell Hall and wreak havoc on neighboring plantations, Lydia will have to choose between loyalty and freedom; between her family's protection and her own heart's desires.

As both armies gather near Williamsburg for a pivotal battle, both Lydia and Sarah must decide how high a price they are willing to pay to help the men they love.

Part of the American Tapestries™ series: Each standalone novel in this line sets a heart-stirring love story against the backdrop of an epic moment in American history. This is the fifth book in the series.


How ironic to be reading this story about the American revolution with the current state of our government.  The amount of personal sacrifice that happened, even by the future leaders of our country, was immense.

The prologue to the book is Lydia at a 4th of July celebration 50 years in the future relieving the past.  So while in some ways I don't like that the story gives away some of the ending it's not like we don't know that America isn't a colony of Britain anymore either!

And along the way there are hard choices to be made about where your loyalties lie and what it means to truly stand for truth and freedom.  The characters come to life and I felt like perhaps I could understand in some small way a bit more about what it was like back then.

I truly love historical fiction that brings to life the time period and doesn't just use it as a backdrop for "another" romance.


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Melanie Dobson is the author of twelve novels; her writing has received numerous accolades including two Carol Awards. Melanie worked in public relations for fifteen years before she began writing fiction full-time. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides with her husband and two daughters in Oregon.

I received this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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