Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson ~ Litfuse Blog tour with review and giveaway

An unlikely spy discovers freedom and love in the midst of the American Revolution.
The Courier of Caswell HallAs 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 take on this book:

Truthfully I don't really read many stories that are set during the Revolutionary War time period but "The Courier of Caswell Hall" has me rethinking that decision.It was easy to see that Ms. Dobson had done her research because the rich historical detail brought the Early American timeperiod to life.

The year is 1781 in Virginia, and Lydia Caswells family are strictly Loyalists, but Lydia is really only interested in peace. The last thing she expected to find while taking a stroll to look at British ships was a wounded man. Of course she can't not help him, and when she does it will alter the course of her life.

It was interesting to see how the character of Lydia changed as the story progressed. While she knew what her family had always believed in she wavers, and even finds herself falling in love with a spy for the other side. I could just imagine the dangers that surrounded these characters, and how brave Lydia was to follow not only her heart, but to take the risk to help. What I found within the pages of "The Courier of Caswell Hall" was a story that takes place during the tender years of our countries history that really brought history to life for me. Along with history the author provides interesting characters allowing us to glimpse what they truly believed in. Suspense, danger,romance and a sharing of the characters faith made this a great historical read!


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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