Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Courier of Caswell Hall Book Review

I have another great book to share with you that has ties with our past. I don't know about you but I like reading about a romance in the days long past. We learn a little bit about our past and how people from that time lived and died. This book is called The Courier of Caswell Hall written by Melanie Dobson.
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.
My thoughts:

I have been to Williamsburg, VA and it is truly beautiful and I can only imagine what it really must have looked like back then during the war. Times were difficult for both men and women but I think women had it worse because they were left to their own devices as to how to survive the war. So, I can see where things like this might have happened.  We are only human after all and being a woman, we can be just as passionate as men but in a different way.

Lydia only wants peace. Her parent's are strong King George loyalists and her brother has been gone for 4 years in which they have heard nothing from him. Gosh, they were so loyal that when it finally looked like the British were going to be defeated, they all left to go back to England except for Lydia!

For Lydia, this war really did turn out to be a life changer. She met Nathan, an injured man who was a Colonist fighting against the British. She hid him and with the help of two slaves, they saved his life and nursed him back to health. He returned to his regiment and she continued to keep in touch and sent him whatever messages she could about what the British were doing.

That was a very brave thing to do considering what they did to traitors back in the day and time. This story will keep you on your toes and hoping for the best.

Happy Reading!