Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Litfuse Tour: The Courier of Caswell Hall (An American Tapestries series book) by Melanie Dobson #grow4christ

on October 2, 2013

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.

You can buy the book at Amazon.

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.

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My Opinion:

This book was a pure delight to delve into, besides the Civil War period I enjoy learning more about the Revolutionary War (I think this fascination stems from having relatives who fought in both).  Since we’ve been studying the Revolution and George Washington and all that those entail during our homeschool studies this made the book all the more fun.  The reader can feel Lydia’s struggle as she wants to do what is right toward her father and what is right for her country and the man she comes to love – Independence or loyalty to the Crown?  The book pulls you into the conflict that shaped how our country was governed and into the men and women life’s who were caught in the upheaval.

While this is a work of fiction some very real people make their appearance as do some real battles and other historical issues, however Melanie has done her homework and was able to weave historical fact in with fiction, which is probably why it feels so real when one is reading it.  I’ve really enjoyed the other books in the American Tapestries series and this one is no different, filled with just enough romance but nothing that would make a maiden blush, suspense and faith this book has the right ingredients to make it a winning book – I would even feel safe giving this to my 11 1/2 year old daughter to read, and I don’t often feel that way about Christian ‘romance’.

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(c) 2013, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws



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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