Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Writer's Review of “The Courier of Caswell Hall" by Melanie Dobson

{My Review}

I'm not sure why I've been reading so many books set in the Colonial era lately, I guess it's perhaps what's becoming popular with the publishers these days. Not that I mind. I'll read any well-written book by my favorite go-to authors.

I was excited to sign up for this blog tour and to read another one of Melanie Dobson's books. I've only read one of her many books (Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan... also for a blog tour) and enjoyed it tremendously.

The Courier of Caswell Hall was another book I thoroughly enjoyed. There were a few things done differently than usual. The use of a third POV besides the hero and heroine, the second story-line involving this third character... and her ultimate fate were a little distracting from what was going on with the main characters, but well-written nonetheless.

The main characters, Nathan and Lydia, spent much of their time apart dealing with different aspects of the Revolutionary War, but the reader is rewarded throughout the story with the sweet romance that develops between them. This book was written very well, and I look forward to what else Melanie Dobson brings her readers next.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


{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 Melanie Dobson}

Melanie and her husband, Jon, met in Colorado Springs in 1997 at Vanguard Church. Since they've been married, the Dobsons have relocated numerous times including stints in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Colorado, Berlin, and Southern California. These days they are enjoying their home in the Pacific Northwest.

Prior to launching her own public relations company in 1999, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family where she was responsible for the publicity of both events and products. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master's degree in communication from Regent University. She worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for more than fifteen years including two years as a publicist for The Family Channel.

Melanie, her husband Jon, and their two daughters love to travel and hike in both the mountains and along the cliffs above the Pacific. When Melanie isn't writing or playing with her family, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, line dancing, and reading historical fiction.

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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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