by Elaine Marie Cooper
Series: In Pursuit of Liberty and Love #1
Published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication Date October 4th 2016
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Setting: New York American Revolution Era - US - 1760 - 1789, 1970s
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adult
It is 1777. The Battle of Saratoga, a turning point of the Revolutionary War, encourages the American Continental Army with their first great victory. But there seemed little to celebrate for one patriotic woman forced to nurse wounded British soldiers right in their war camp. Thrust into deception by a cruel Loyalist uncle, Abigail is forced to lie in order to survive, all the while dealing with fears that challenge her faith. Danger stalks her everywhere, yet her salvation springs from an unexpected source.
Two hundred years later, on the anniversary of the Battle of Saratoga, thousands arrive from Europe and the United States to celebrate the event -- including descendants from the war. One young American, Abby, meets the offspring of a British soldier. When her life is threatened, Abby turns to the only person she knows at the event -- her British ally. Can she trust him with her life? Or will he betray her in the same way loyalist spies betrayed her ancestors? Perhaps letters from long ago will reveal the truth.
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Have you ever read a book that as you were reading it you were caught up in the story, but afterwards, on reflection, you began to question all kinds of things in it? Saratoga Letters was one of “those” books for me, which made assigning a rating very difficult.
The story moved along very well, and the characters were well developed and interesting. The writing was compelling. I enjoyed learning about some things about the Revolutionary War that I had been unaware of before, and I also was intrigued by some of the details shared about the medical aspects of treating the soldiers during the war.
There were several things in the book that didn’t sit well with me. The first was that the story was a bit gruesome in places, which I guess makes sense being as it was about a nurse during the war. I did not like the fact that both parts of the book, the 1777 part and the 1977 part, had a huge focus on the danger to the heroine due to men lusting after her and some of the vulgar terminology that was used. As with the medical stuff, the words used were probably appropriate, I just prefer to not read them.
I also felt like some of the things did not make sense. The motivation of Ambrose and why he knew who Abby’s ancestor was didn’t necessarily make sense. The whole thing about Gregory and his twin was another part that didn’t make sense to me.
Overall, I am glad I read the book and recommend it.