A wonderfully written novel: My review of "The Courier of Caswell Hall" by Melanie Dobson (GIVEAWAY ALERT!!)
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about the book...
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.
Melanie Dobson has again offered up a wonderfully written novel in her latest release, "The Courier of Caswell Hall". I found the book to be heart-stirring and fast-paced, with interesting historical details woven into the pages. I've never yet read an American Revolution-themed story that intrigued me so much as this one did! The family drama of having immediate family members be on opposite sides of the war added fascinating tension to the story, such that I found myself wondering how I would survive such a situation myself. The characters are realistically portrayed and quickly invoked my sympathy as I watched them encounter unjust situations. The romance is given just the right touch, and both male and female readers will no doubt enjoy this historical romance book. As I turned the last page of the story, I found myself appreciating Dobson's ability to take a subject like the American Revolution, one that has often served as the backdrop to historical fiction, and give it a new spin. I found the book difficult to put down, and am positive that others will agree!
I give this book a solid recommendation and award it 4 out of 5 stars. Readers who typically enjoy books filled with historical drama should plan on adding this one to their collection.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Summerside Press, and the Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
about the author...
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.
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