History Came to Life Right in Front of My Eyes
The American Revolutionary War brought out strong feelings on each side: both the Loyalists and the Patriots were fighting for control of America. Such strong feelings divided families, with some family members openly fighting for the other side, while others secretly fought by being couriers and spies. The Caswell's were one of those families.
Lydia Caswell was taking one of her nightly walks along the bank of the James River when she found Nathan lying unconscious on the shore. Fearing God more than man Lydia knew she couldn't leave him there, and went in search of help... This one brave act led her into a network of couriers and spies who were associated with the Patriots. The Caswall family's loyalty to the crown is a perfect cover, but the consequences are severe should she get caught.
As Lydia continues to deliver Nathan's messages, her family is housing and entertaining British soldiers. Putting her in a unique position where she can gather intelligence and still keep her cover. But will those who are living under the same roof catch on to her forbidden activities? And where does Lydia's loyalties truly lie? She must decide between what she has been taught and what she truly believes is right.
I loved how history came to life right in front of my eyes. Melanie Dobson used all the correct elements... danger, action, suspense, forbidden romance, and espionage... to create a realistic story that is sure to draw the readers in and keep them turning pages straight to the end.
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.
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.
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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