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Fields of the Fatherless (Historical Fiction) [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Marie Cooper
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Book Description

Jenkins Group is proud to announce that Fields of the Fatherless is the 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winner

In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell (an ancestor to actor Kurt Russell) of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered?

Fields of the Fatherless is based on a true story.

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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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  • File Size: 5173 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (October 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings history to life! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars In the crucible of and forgiveness. November 14, 2014
"Fields of the Fatherless" is a great read, not only for its intended Young Adult audience, but for mature readers, as well. Anyone interested in historical fiction will be drawn in and held captive by Elaine Marie Cooper's imaginative and compelling storytelling.
I purchased this book from the author at an art festival in Perry, Iowa, after hearing her give a presentation on this and some of her other work. I was struck by her passion for both history and good storytelling. That same passion is evident in every page of this book.
The story here is one that has been largely neglected by historians and novelists for over two centuries. As most Americans are aware, the first shots were fired in the American Revolution on April 19, 1775.. What a majority of readers will not be aware of, however, is that, although overshadowed by the storied events that took place in Lexington and Concord that day, the heaviest fighting took place at Menotomy Village, on the Concord road.
"Fields of the Fatherless" relates the story from the viewpoint of a teenaged girl (a real historical personage) who is caught up in the events surrounding the battle, and who has to endure the suffering and drama of the battle and the ensuing days while suffering a crisis of personal faith. Religious faith was central to the lives of the people of that era, and the author does a masterful job of portraying the struggles of her characters in living their faith in a time of upheaval.
One of the great strengths of this novel is Ms. Cooper's ability to depict the day to day life in Colonial times in a manner that will hold the interest of both young and older readers. The author never talks down to her audience, yet never insults the reader's intelligence. The richness of detail never gets in the way of the movement of the story, a tough thing to pull off when writing historical fiction.
To sum up in three words: very well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fields of the Fatherless October 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars History Comes Alive!! October 19, 2013
By NoelaN
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fields of the Fatherless is an spellbinding, must read!
"Fields of the Fatherless" is an amazing novel that brings history to life. I have always know the history Jason Russell and his family. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Alison E Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Good Book!
I really enjoyed reading Fields of the Fatherless. This young adult story is a wonderful book for both adults and teenagers who want to learn history while reading a novel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Britt98
4.0 out of 5 stars Fields of the fatherless
I enjoyed this book there were a few parts I cried because I felt bad bad I enjoyed it a lot
Published 3 months ago by Cory D
5.0 out of 5 stars So enjoyed!
I am very drawn to Revolutionary novels and this book by Elaine Marie Cooper does not disappoint. I so enjoyed the author giving color to this story of redemption and forgiveness... Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. D. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Good History and Good Fiction
This book was a little more graphic than I was expecting, but it was still good. It captured the battle of Lexington and Concord very well, through the eyes of eighteen year old... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a great read! It was a great mix of history and fiction. I will be reading this again!
Published 6 months ago by Priscilla Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for the young teens in your life to ...
Ever wonder what your ancestors did during the early founding years of this country? This is a great book for the young teens in your life to peak their interest in the American... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tammy L Higerd
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the book since the authors faith shine through in ...
Written by Illustrator Janet Sandison who met the author at 'Write to Publish' conference. I like the book since the authors faith shine through in the challenges and difficulties... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ron Sandison
5.0 out of 5 stars Each of her books has gotten better. Fields of the Fatherless is true...
Each of her books has gotten better. Fields of the Fatherless is true to Revolutionary war details I have read elsewhere. It is a great read. Seemed too short!
Published 8 months ago by Richardh
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you like historical fiction!
Elaine Marie Cooper, in her book Fields of the Fatherless, did a wonderful job drawing me into the days before, during, and after the first day of battle for the American... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sheryl Baker
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More About the Author

Award winning historical fiction author Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of "Fields of the Fatherless" and the Deer Run Saga ("The Road to Deer Run," "The Promise of Deer Run" and "The Legacy of Deer Run"). "Bethany's Calendar" is the author's first non-fiction book and describes the journey traveled with her daughter as she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.

Cooper's 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. You can visit her website and blog at:

Elaine is also 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

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