Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Courier of Caswell Hall: A Blog Tour and Review

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 Review:
I have had the pleasure to read a number of Dobson's books in the past and I have absolutely loved them. The latest, The Courier of Caswell Hall, has certainly been a welcome addition to my historical fiction library to be certain.
If you like American Revolution history, this is definitely the book for you. With well-developed story lines, and characters that will draw you in from the first pages, you will be reading late into the night with this book.It is full of great twists and turns and keeps you on your toes. 
 The authors attention to detail is unbelievable and when I can close my eyes and visualize each chapter, its geography and surroundings, and feel as though I am right in each scene, I have read a great book. This book definitely does that. And although part of a series, of which I have only read two other of the books, I was not lost at all. This book would be great read as a stand alone and of course, along side the other four books that preceded it. With any great historical fiction book, there is a romantic story line but it almost comes across as the secondary storyline behind the spy one. That is the only spoiler, I promise:)
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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