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The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson
An American Tapestry Novel
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Pages: 336 Trade Paperback
Date Published: September 2013
Publisher: Summerside Press, an imprint of Guideposts
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.
When I’m studying my genealogy, it is the Revolutionary War that I find the most interesting and intriguingly this seems to be a lesser time period to find many Christian Historical Fiction novels in, so there was extra interest for me here. In my opinion, Melanie Dobson is an amazing storyteller. To mix her storytelling talents with the best current various author themed series and I’m one happy camper. Much like the Love Finds You series, the American Tapestry books standalone but instead of location, it’s focus is on a time period in history. My first experience was with Janice Thompson’s Queen of the Waves and that was excellent as well!
Often I find that I have to remind myself when I pick up a book from Melanie Dickerson that just because I believe I will read a little before bed, it won’t end that way. Her writing grips me and forces me to abandon all sleep and immerse myself into her story and her characters.
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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.