Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Courier of Caswell Hall Book Review

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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 wavers in her allegiance to the Crown.

On the night the British sail up the James River on a mission to destroy the new capital, Lydia discovers a wounded man on the riverbank near Caswell Hall. Fearing his identity but unwilling to leave him for dead, she secretly nurses him back to health. The man identifies himself as Nathan, a Patriot—and an enemy. But Lydia’s American sympathies grow, and when British officers return to the plantation, Lydia must help Nathan escape.

Privy to conversation among the officers at Caswell Hall, Lydia begins delivering secret messages to the Patriots in Williamsburg. When she overhears a plot to assassinate General Washington, she must risk her life to alert Nathan before it’s too late.( Goodreads)

My Review

I love any story that has to do with the Revolutionary War. I love the brave stories of people fighting for their freedom from the king and I enjoy reading both sides, Patriots and Loyalists. In any case as soon as I saw the cover to this book I was excited. There is a lot of history within the pages of this book which I enjoyed and the characters are realistic to the time. The horror of having your house set on fire by the opposing political power and living your daily life completely unsure about what to do next. Lydia is in a bad position because most of her family is loyalist and the other are considered rebels. What does she do? 
I love how the story plays out and reading about the spies, their plans, and their hiding places. There were some clever people who figured out how to be spies. 

Historical fiction lovers will enjoy this book, though at times it is a bit slow. 

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

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