Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Courier of Caswell Hall


Book Review


The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson is part of The American Tapestry series. The novel is set during the American War for Independence. I have read several books in the historical fiction genre that covers the Revolutionary War. What I enjoyed about this particular story is that it shows the conflicted feelings and the fear that loyalist colonists felt. Dobson writes about a young woman whose parents were loyalists, who became a spy for General Washington. Dobson shows the difficulties that people on both sides had in this well-researched novel. I enjoyed the familiar story of the brave people who fought for our countries independence; but it was particularly interesting to have a picture into the lives of those who remained loyal to England.

The tension in the book escalates as Lydia of Caswell Hall becomes more and more involved with the freedom fighters in the revolution. This is a book that develops into an exciting story. I have visited Colonial Williamsburg and I could picture the village as I read the story. This was a time period in our nation that is rich in events and stories and Dobson makes them come alive. I felt that I really had a sense of the bravery and courage that Lydia had to draw on as she tried to live her life in a way that was God honoring and that followed her personal beliefs.

The Courier of Caswell Hall is a well-written book that shows the human side of a war that is so important to the United States of America. It speaks to the reader to turn inward and examine when to take risks for one’s beliefs. I received this book from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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.

Connect with Melanie at: http://melaniedobson.com

 

 

Giveaway


Melanie Dobson's latest release, The Courier of Caswell Hall, is a riveting story you won't want to miss. The newest offering in the American Tapestries™ series, it follows an unlikely spy who discovers freedom and love in the midst of the American Revolution.

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