Saturday, July 24, 2010

Prodigal Patriot by Darlene Franklin


I just finished this book in one sitting. Not because the story lacked depth, or even due to the fact that this is a short book. I have read novellas that dragged. . . No, this was a quick read because the characters invited me into their world of Revolutionary War Vermont, and drew me with their hardships, ingenuity, and pluck. The writing disappeared and allowed a vivid story world to emerge. I was invested.

Sally Reid lives next door to Josiah Tuttle, the handsome, attentive son of a Tory. Sally's brother and Father are Patriots and serve with Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys. Tragedy strikes both families, and their worlds will never be the same. How can new love survive grief, violence and suspicion?

This is a story about faith, endurance and prevailing love. Hero and heroine discover the depth of their grit and find that affection between friends, neighbors and sweethearts can indeed overcome insurmountable obstacles in this beautiful portrait of our country's historical and spiritual roots.

9 comments:

  1. I just got my book and I can't wait to read it now! Sounds like a great read! Yay! My favorite. Thanks for the great review. I enjoyed it.

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  2. Drat, I was just speaking to someone recently who wished there was Revolutionary War/Colonial Fic. I have to figure out who that was and point them in this book's direction!

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  3. Kathleen, I was captivated by this story, too. I love reading about this period, and Darlene did a great job.

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  4. Excellent review of this very talented writer's work. I love this setting and Darlene is a superb storyteller.

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  5. For those of you who'd like a chance to win a free copy of Prodigal Patriot, come to my blog http://rhondasfeaturedauthors.blogspot.com/ Darlene did an interview here and we're giving a copy away next week. So come on by and learn more about Darlene! She is an awesome writer, so I know you'll want to leave a comment for a chance to win her book.

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  6. Awesome, Rhonda! thanks for the opportunity to spread the joy of this great read.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog, Debbie Lynne, Brenda, Susan, And Carla. :D

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  7. Kathleen, thanks for the review that made me want to cry with joy. And for everyone else's kind words.

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  8. I don't think I've ever read a book in one sitting. Sounds like this book gripped you and wouldn't let go. I love that!

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