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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Loyalty, Lies, and Love-The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson

The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson is absolutely riveting and I read it from cover to cover completely lost in the story of Lydia and Sarah and their families. The novel is set during the American Revolution and we are introduced to two lifelong friends, Lydia and Sarah.  These two women struggle to remain loyal to country, family, and friends with each one finding she must follow her own heart in making the decision about where her loyalties lie. Both Lydia and Sarah have a brother and both brothers are gone. Lydia's brother, Grayson, disappeared four years ago after their grandfather was tarred and feathered and passed away. Sarah's brother, Seth, joined forces with other Patriots fighting for freedom and has been away for two years.

As Lydia and Sarah find their place during this time Sarah must run her family's plantation with only the overseer, servants, and slaves to help her. Meanwhile Lydia's father only grows more fierce in his devotion to the king but Lydia finds she desires peace. On an evening like any other Lydia spots the British ships on the river and trudges through the snow for a closer look. Moments later she discovers a man who will surely perish in the cold if she doesn't save him. With the help of two servants the man is saved. In the following days Nathan recovers enough to leave when the situation warrants his escape but that will not be the last time Lydia sees Nathan...

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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.

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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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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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I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

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