A wounded stranger and a beautiful young lady. Secrets, Spies and Soldiers. The Courier of Caswell Hall is filled with beauty and destruction, love and hate, truth and lies. I loved every page.
Colonial Williamsburg is one of my favorite places to visit but I'd never really given a thought to all the danger and devastation that had occurred there. Melanie Dobson tells the exciting tale of two families ripped apart by the American Revolution. Patriots or Loyalists? Everyone must choose a side, but appearances can be deceiving...
The Courier of Caswell Hall offers a thrilling combination of action, history, mystery and romance. British soldiers, runaway slaves, gorgeous plantations, and secret messages come together to capture your full attention. The characters were memorable and admirable- except for Major Reed (dastardly villain you'll love to hate) and Hannah Caswell (a villain at just 15 years old!). I thoroughly enjoyed their back stories which added a wonderful richness and depth to the book. I was completely in awe of the Patriots with their bravery and selflessness and found myself holding my breath more than once when the British made an appearance! I was also charmed by the way Melanie Dobson wove actual historical events and people into her fictional story. Nathan Lewis, Sarah Hammond, Grayson Caswell and Elisha, the slave, were my favorite characters.
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.
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.
Connect with Melanie at: http://melaniedobson.com