Monday, December 23, 2013

LitFuse Blog Tour: The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson (American Tapestry Series)

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.

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.

My Thoughts and Review: 

History has never been "my cup of tea", I loathe history. I seem to have a hard time understanding certain parts of history, especially War times. I have noticed that when I read Historical Fiction about a certain time period, I seem to understand that time period more. The Courier of Caswell Hall, set in the American Revolution, was a shining example of that.

The Courier of Caswell Hall is the fifth book in the American Tapestry series, I have only read this book from the series. Melanie Dobson makes the reader feel connected to the story and the characters. The mix of historical facts and the fiction story are make the story very interesting. The book has 2 different storylines based around the main characters, Lydia and Sarah. I really LOVED how the 2 storylines become one at the end of the book!

The Courier of Caswell Hall is a stand alone novel from the other books in the series, but I am now wanting to read the other books! The series is written by a few different authors. I thoroughly enjoyed The Courier of Caswell Hall.

The Courier of Caswell Hall gets 5 out of 5 stars! EXCELLENT READ!!

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