Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson

Litfuse Blog Tour: The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson


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.

I was enjoying the Early American time period of The Courier of Caswell Hall as well as the intrigue of spying (women, especially!) for the war.

However, I was sorely disappointed to encounter swearing halfway through the story. The word was not used in a biblical manner, like a preacher referencing judgment. I could not see any reason why the word had to be used.

Unfortunately, one word ruined a whole book for me and despite my past enjoyment of Melanie's books, I could not finish or recommend The Courier.

That's what I thought. Check out what other Litfuse reviewers had to say HERE.

Thank you to Melanie and Summerside Press through Litfuse for sending me a copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**
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