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  1. The Courier of Caswell Hall - eBookeBOOK
    The Courier of Caswell Hall - eBook
    Melanie Dobson
    Summerside Press / 2013 / ePub
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  1. British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    An interesting look back into history
    September 30, 2013
    crtnybc
    British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I recently read another historical fiction book set in the revolutionary war, but this was a take from a whole new angle and I learned more about what that time was like. There were elements of the story that must have been hard to write at times, but it was true to the time period.

    Overall I enjoyed this look into history, and the stories of the various characters, but at times it felt like there was too much going on at once, and that the plot tended to circle back on itself. There were definitely some surprises along the way, but a couple times I still felt like haven't we already done this?

    I received this book from Litfuse for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Litfuse.
  2. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 29, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    About the American Tapestriesâ„¢ 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.

    My Review:

    The last thing Lydia was expecting when she snuck off to admire British ships in the moonlight was a man. But find him she did, and with her discovery, an entire network of spies, couriers, coded messages, disguises, and operatives. The secret network may be the only thing that wins the war, but Lydia's allegiance lies - by association with her family - with the crown.

    Lydia's wavering allegiance to the crown made the story for me. Her uncertainty between what she was told was right and then her startling belief to the contrary got my attention and kept it throughout the entire book. Danger, action, suspense, forbidden romance, and espionage run rampant through the book, and whether or not this genre is your cup of tea - it was a very enjoyable book to read and a perfect recipe for a relaxing evening.

    This book was provided by the publisher through Litfuse Nest for free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Revolutionary War, Spies and Romance
    September 29, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Melanie Dobson in her new book, "The Courier of Caswell Hall" Book Five in the An American Tapestry series published by Summerside Press takes us into the life of Lydia Caswell.

    From the back cover: 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.

    The Revolutionary War and spies! This is the recipe that Melanie Dobson has created for us in "The Courier of Caswell Hall". Up until this point the colonies had never cried out for independence before so this was a premier event. Not everyone was keen on the idea of independence, after all it was treason and punishable by hanging. So there are the Loyalists to The Crown, which promises security but maintains English oppression) and The Rebels who promise freedom with the possibility of hanging. Lydia's family are Loyalists but she manages to fall in love with a Rebel and then acts as a rebel spy. Danger, action, adventure suspense thriller all rolled up in a very exciting read. On top of all of this there is the romance. Ms. Dobson has given us a story that belongs up there with the terrific movies that have come before. These are wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages and you care deeply for them. This book does not disappoint at all. I enjoyed it and I am sure you will also.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson
    September 26, 2013
    Wanda
    NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Excerpt:

    A memory returned to her—Sarah had asked her to deliver a letter to Mrs. Pendell, and Mrs. Pendell sent one in return. Had her friend been supporting the Patriot cause as a courier as well, before her home was destroyed?

    Was no one who they seemed to be?

    Lydia tapped her shoes on the floor of the gazebo. "Is my friend safe?"

    He paused. "Which friend?"

    "I do not believe you want me to say her name."

    "Yes, she is safe in Philadelphia."

    She sighed with relief. At least Sarah was with her aunt now. "Before she left, she had a letter from...from the woman you just named."

    "She delivered it to me."

    "I am glad of it." Lydia tapped her toes again. "Has my friend found her Negroes?"

    "There is no word."

    Her gaze roamed over to the pink blossoms that bubbled atop the cherry trees. Could Elisha have found Morah and his son by now? She prayed so. No family, black or white, should be torn apart.

    "How will I deliver the—"

    He stopped her. "She exchanged the messages in books."

    Sarah had an entire library of books, but Lord Caswell's library didn't contain nearly as many, and he would miss any she borrowed. Perhaps she could think of another way to take them to Mrs. Pendell.

    His voice grew serious. "You must be careful, Lydia. They may search your person."

    She thought of the British officers that had detained their coach in March. "I shall not let them—"

    You may have no choice."

    She pressed her hands together. "Nathan?"

    "Yes?"

    "Thank you for watching over my family."

    "Without you, Lydia, I would not be alive."

    "I am glad you survived."

    My Review:

    It is the year 1781 and the Revolutionary War is ravaging the colonies. Williamsburg, Virginia is home to Lydia Caswell and, with the exception of her brother Grayson, her family remains loyal to the King. But when a mysterious man washes up on the river's edge severely injured, Lydia knows that no matter what side he is on she must help him survive. Lydia soon begins to question in her heart whether they are on the right side of the war. Her betrothed, Seth Hammond, left to join the Patriots in their fighting and, unbeknownst to Lydia, Seth's sister and Lydia's best friend, Sarah, is a courier for the Patriots as well. When Lydia remains in constant contact with Nathan, the mysterious stranger from the river, she soon realizes that she no longer hopes to marry Seth but longs to be with Nathan, the man who has stolen her heart. Meanwhile, Sarah has loved Lydia's brother Grayson since they were children. Grayson fled from his home four years earlier and became a privateer for the Patriots. Sarah yearns for Grayson to return so she can tell him how she feels but until he does she is determined to help the cause as much as she can. Being a courier is dangerous but Sarah is a brave woman that has the strength to fight for freedom. After the devestation at her plantation she is more determined than ever to help in any way she can to win the war. Can two women make a difference in such a destructive war? Just how far will they go for the men they love and for freedom?

    When Nathan Lewis washed up on the river's edge he knew his chances of survival were slim. He soon opened his eyes to find beautiful Lydia Caswell watching over him. Lydia helps nurse him back to health even though she knows he is helping the Patriots. Nathan vows to protect Lydia and her family while Lydia vows to help Nathan deliver the important messages needed to help win the war. It's not long before Nathan falls in love with Lydia and longs to make her his own. But will her bethrothed stand in the way? Will they ever be able to be together?

    Grayson Caswell fled from his home, family and the woman he loved. Grayson fell in love with Sarah Hammond when he was only 15 but had kept it a secret. Not a days goes by that he doesn't regret not saying goodbye to Sarah and he hopes that some day he can forget the past and return to her. Grayson is a privateer for the Patriots and he knows in his heart they can never be together because Sarah is on the opposing side... or so he thought. Little did he know that Sarah has joined the cause for freedom. But when Grayson and his men are captured by the British, Sarah proves just how far she will go to save the man she loves.

    I have to say that when I read the prologue it was so beautifully written (I read it with tears streaming down my face) that I just knew the rest of the book couldn't measure up to the high standards I had already set. I was so very wrong and so thoroughly pleased. This was a beautiful story of love and loss, hope and strength, devestation and yet, beauty. I felt like I was IN the story fighting along side of Nathan, Seth and Grayson. Delivering messages with Lydia and Sarah. The Revolutionary War was brought to life within the pages of this book. When there was death I cried with those left behind. When there was even a small victory I rejoiced along with them. I don't think I have ever read a story that has evoked such emotion in me. The Courier of Caswell Hall is a book that you will want to read again and again. It will take you on an emotional journey that you will never forget. I VERY highly recommend reading this book!

    **I received a FREE copy of this book from the Summerside Press for my honest review**
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Melanie Dobson Delivers an Incredible Story!
    September 25, 2013
    i blog 4 books
    I haven't read many books set during the American Revolution, though it's one of my favorite time periods, so I was excited to see that Melanie Dobson had written a tale of spies and romance set during the middle of the American Revolution. She masterfully weaves together a story rich with historical details without losing sight of the more personal aspects of the story.

    I enjoyed getting to know the Caswell and Hammond families and seeing how the war ripped apart their friendship and even their families. To be honest, I've never really considered how the Revolution affected the people who lived during that time. It's easy to think of people like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other heroes of the time as just that—heroes, rather than people with emotions, lives, and families. To see how difficult it was for some families to decide which side would earn their loyalty and the fear that this decision evoked was extremely gut-wrenching. Dobson really made history come alive for me through this book, and I loved that! There's so much more I could say, but that would result in a 10-page review, which no one would want to read. So let me just say, this is a book you need to read.

    I will warn you that I left the book feeling a little melancholy. Dobson provides readers with an epilogue that gives closure to what happens to everyone in the future. While I enjoyed seeing "into the future," it also left me feeling a little sad that I didn't get to see how they got there. (I know, I'm probably the only person who will feel like this!)

    In The Courier of Caswell Hall, Melanie Dobson delivers an incredible story—one of the best I've read this year. I couldn't stand for it to be over and would be thrilled to learn that Dobson was working on developing this book into a series. If you enjoy historical novels with a thread of romance, you are sure to love this newest book in the American Tapestries series. [5 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from Summerside Press and Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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