Thursday, September 26, 2013

Litfuse Review: The Courier Of Caswell Hall by:Melanie Dobson

 The Courier of Caswell Hall (American Tapestries)
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 wavers in her allegiance to the Crown.

On the night the British sail up the James River on a mission to destroy the new capital, Lydia discovers a wounded man on the riverbank near Caswell Hall. Fearing his identity but unwilling to leave him for dead, she secretly nurses him back to health. The man identifies himself as Nathan, a Patriot—and an enemy. But Lydia’s American sympathies grow, and when British officers return to the plantation, Lydia must help Nathan escape.

Privy to conversation among the officers at Caswell Hall, Lydia begins delivering secret messages to the Patriots in Williamsburg. When she overhears a plot to assassinate General Washington, she must risk her life to alert Nathan before it’s too late.

 
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. Read more at melaniedobson.com. 

My Review:
Lydia Caswell watched as British ships came sailing up the river. They were quite majestic in the moon light and Lydia wanted a better look. So she snuck her way out to the shoreline of the river only to find something bigger than what she imagined. A man laying limp on the wet, snowy ground, he looked as if he was dead. But Lydia noticed the life still in him and got help from her family's servants. Lydia and her helpful servant came up with a plan. With this man stowed away in the coach house, Lydia knew it would be hard to keep him a secret from her family. Will Lydia be able to keep this man a secret? Or will her plan be foiled?

Sarah Hammond strolled through her yard, something she did almost every night. She had become quite bored with her family's old plantation. Her father had gone out of town for the summer and now she was left with only Thomas (one whom her father trusted greatly) and her thoughts. All she could think about was what was to become of her life. She had always wanted to stay at her family's plantation and work but since the war she doesn't really know what to do. What will happen to Sarah and where will her life take her?

Nathan was awakened by the sound of a young woman's voice. A woman was standing at the wall were his coat and other things hung. She stood there rummaging through his belongs and is quite frightened when he speaks to this beautiful girl. She had been looking for his name and was ready to leave, but he wanted to know more. He first of all wanted to know where he was. But finding that out didn't really help, he was not only in the place in which he didn't need to be, but also to weak to even move. What will happen to this strange man?

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.