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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938499921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938499920
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of The Road to Deer Run, The Promise of Deer Run and The Legacy of Deer Run. Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels.

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Novelist Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of "The Road to Deer Run," "The Promise of Deer Run" and "The Legacy of Deer Run." Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels. "Fields of the Fatherless," a novel set during the American Revolution, will release October 2013. Visit her website at: http://www.elainemariecooper.com

Elaine is a contributing writer to "Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home" by Edie Melson, and "I Choose You," a romance Anthology. Her freelance work has appeared in both newspapers and magazines, and she blogs regularly at http://ColonialQuills.blogspot.com, http://AuthorCulture.blogspot.com and http://www.NovelPASTimes.com

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Love historical reads, especailly books that keep me interested.
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Filled with emotion and spirituality of the heart of man towards others, this is a touching story about faith, forgiveness and community.
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The author skillfully wove the facts together with her characters giving the story a richness many historical reenactments lack.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Doherty on October 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This incredibly well-written novel have such a depth of historical facts depicted here it's amazing. Our family celebrates Patriots Day every year, often trekking over to Concord, MA, to watch the parade. The general details of that fateful day, and events leading up to it, are familiar to me. Elaine Cooper has taken these dry facts and brought them to life, writing about these events from the point of view of a real person, Betsy Russell, who really lived in Menotomy in 1775. Her reactions, and those of the other people of Menotomy, during the days leading up to war and during those horrible hours on April 19th open the reader's eyes to the true horrors of war. The story unfolds in the weeks prior to April 19th, giving readers insight into the feelings of the Colonists, both their anger and their fears. Betsy and her family do not want to live in tyranny yet Betsy fears the looming threat of war - - will she lose her family? When fighting does break out, the terror felt by all (Betsy, her family, the other Colonists) is palpable and real. Knowing what happened didn't stop me from wondering what happens - sounds silly, but that's how real the story feels. How Betsy copes with the aftermath of battle in her backyard and learns to forgive her enemies is truly amazing while at the same time it flows in a natural way, never forced. It's easy to believe that Betsy really felt these things, said those words. Reverend Cooke did actually speak the word of the sermons Ms. Cooper includes in this novel. Some of what he said over 200 years ago applies so aptly to current events. I recommend this novel to anyone who likes historical fiction and those who love American history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Becky Tank on October 19, 2013
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Elaine Cooper is a fantastic author. I truly enjoyed her Deer Run Series and was excited to hear about this book.

Elaine has a great way of bringing true history to life. History has never been an exciting subject for me, but Elaine Cooper has a way with her writing that brings it to life and is truly enjoyable to read!

This is a must read and I am excited to share this book with my teenage daughter.....I just know she is going to love it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NoelaN on October 19, 2013
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History is bursting with stories to be told, but oftentimes some are overlooked that cry out to be shared. This is one of them. You don't just read this story however; you are immediately transported back to 1775 to the small village of Menotomy in Massachusetts - only three months before the American Revolution. With every fibre of your being, you'll feel the fear of the rumblings of war, watch with trepidation the ominous preparations, and when the incoming troops ride past, your heart will pound along with the thundering of the horse's hooves. Nothing can properly prepare you though, for the assault of gunfire, the boom of the cannons, or the tortured cries of the wounded.

This is the compelling story of Miss Elizabeth Russell (Betsy), an eighteen year old woman and the only daughter of Jason and Elizabeth Russell. When the war becomes imminent, her father instructs her to trust in God and do all she can to protect the family should he be unable to be there for them, but when he hugs her more tightly than he has ever done before, fear surges through her. What would it be like for a young woman to go through a horrific war right on her doorstep, to see and hear things she should never have been exposed to, all at a time in her life when she should be thinking about pleasant things like courting? At the beginning of each chapter, Betsy shares her journal entry of her innermost thoughts and of scripture verses that have been a comfort to her that day. These precede the chapter as a foretaste of the chapter's essence which I found to be a poignant introduction to each one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By earlybirdy on February 3, 2014
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Quite a few yeas ago, my husband and I went to see the "Battle Road" in the vicinity of Lexington and Concord. It is a "living memory" of an incredible day and time in our nation's birth. To read this short novel that gives an inside view of one family's experience living through that infamous day was totally gripping. I realize the author said she fictionalized some of it, but she skillfully weaves threads of nonfiction and fiction to create an emotional and riveting story. I think she did a great job. Such books help keep alive in our hearts an appreciation for the price that was paid for the freedoms we now take for granted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn E. Miller on December 8, 2013
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I was riveted by this story. I've only read one or two historical novels (that weren't based on Bible characters) and now I love the genre because of "Fields of the Fatherless." It made the Revolutionary War time period come alive. I loved reading about the way those people lived and the struggles they had. And the story line was very well done--taking me from the deep heart pain that Betsy had until she was able to forgive the "enemy." I loved the language expressions and the words used which I assumed are accurate for that day. It really kept me in the story-time but wasn't an obstacle to understanding what was going on or my understanding of the plot and characters. I couldn't help crying towards the end of the book. I didn't think it would affect me that much, but it really did. I felt like those characters were friends and what happened to them mattered to me. I think you'll really enjoy reading this book.
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