Monday, October 28, 2013

Fields of the Fatherless by Elaine Marie Cooper--review and giveaway

The battle of Concord comes alive through the utterly sympathetic character of Betsy Russell, an authentic 18-year-old farm girl from colonial Massachusetts. Diary posts inspire this fictionalized account of the emotionally charged months leading up to the first shots of the American Revolution. Betsy's vulnerability and honesty carry a tale of grit, loss, and ultimate triumph through faith.

Betsy battles her growing fears in the changing times in Menotomy, a small town on the road between Concord and Boston. Young men she knows have already joined the militia, while older men like her father would shelter her from the horrors to come. But even wise and faithful Jason Russell cannot spare her innocent eyes forever.

What transpires among her family and close-knit townsfolk on that fateful April day will affect her the rest of her life, but not without passing through the filter of an earthly father's prescient wisdom and a heavenly father's sovereignty. Betsy must learn which battle lines to draw and which to surrender to the Lord's love.

Written with a tender authenticity and faithfulness to the times, Elaine Cooper has opened a portal to a world gone by, and yet drawn parallels to a world not so different now. This is a beautiful novel ideal for young students of history and literature, as well as for adults who cherish the power of a good story.

I'll be interviewing Elaine on Wednesday, and commenters today and then will be entered to win a print copy of Elaine's fabulous novel. Be sure to leave your email addy with comment.

At the end of the week


  1. I would love to win a copy of this book to give to my church library, after I read it first.
    Thanks for the chance to do so.
    Janet E.

  2. I enjoy books set during this time period. Looks like one I would enjoy very much. Thanks!

  3. One reason I enjoy historical fiction so much is the opportunity to learn about real/actual events even if the rest of the story is fictionalized. Thanks for the chance to win Elaine's book.


  4. I would love to win a print copy!! Thank you for offer.

    Historical Fiction is my favorite genre. I appreciate the research the authors do to place their characters within the events/happenings. So much more than we might have learned in school.

    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  5. Enjoyed your great review. Book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the chance of this giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson

  6. This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the review. I live in MN now, but used to live in NY not too far from Elmira. Would love to read this story.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

  7. Would absolutely love to win this book.
    God bless you
    Chris Granville

  8. Thanks for the review -- this book sounds great and is something I'd like to read.

  9. OOO I want to read Elaine Marie Cooper's book. Love her as a person. I'm sure I'll love her book.

  10. Penny Wheeler: email penwheel8@aol.comOctober 29, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Fields of the Fatherless is an awesome read. Elaine Cooper has a talent for bringing life to her characters and allowing them to tell their story. I felt all of the emotions that Betsy Russell felt and was moved to tears several times. I recommend this book highly.

  11. Sounds like a must read. Would love to win.

  12. Sounds like a wonderful book. I love history - would love to read this!
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

  13. Great historical content and sympathetic characters. Enjoyed this one very much!

  14. I love reading books from this time period. Would love to win!

  15. And the winner, drawn by, is Kathleen Lane Hill House! Thank you everybody for entering and commenting this week. Congratulations, Kathleen. I will contact you shortly via email

  16. YaY!!! I emailed you my address. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House