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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1436396468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1436396462
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,986,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a curiously old-fashioned historical romance, which should provide a satisfactory reading experience for those who do have a fondness for such. Is a careful rewrite/re-imagining of a best-selling historical novel of 1899 "Janice Meredith - A Story of the American Revolution" by a then-leading popular historian, Paul Leicester Ford. My Grannie Jessie actually possessed a copy of it, along with a shelf-full of other turn-of the-last-century bodice-rippers by authors with three names. I remember reading it: upon comparison with the original this is a much more popularly readable and serviceable rendition of the story. This is a rather sad thought, as well as a sorry reflection upon the state of current education standards - that the original version would be as impenetrable to the popular book-reading audience as something written in the same idiom of Beowulf or Geoffrey Chaucer would be today.

But to return to the story itself - Janice Meredith begins as a sixteen year old girl, the charming and willful only child of a well-to-do landowner in the valley of the Raritan River. Her father is a bluff and hearty man, a stubborn Loyalist to British interests; her mother is deeply religious and suffocatingly respectable. They are comfortably well-off, and scorn the whispers of rebellion against the Crown which are beginning to roil the quiet tenor of their lives. Their mutual ambition is arranging a marriage between Janice and Philemon Hennion, the son of a neighboring landowner of almost equal wealth. Alas, fate and the American Revolution intervene, as well as the appearance (and then disappearance) of a mysterious bondservant, Charles. It is evident almost at once that Charles is most definitely not an illiterate lower-class farm-worker. He has the bearing and manners of a gentleman.
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By K. Reiss on September 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Janice Meredith is a beguiling young heroine, awash with suitors, and beset with troubles during America's War of Independence. Her own fortunes seem to rise and fall with the victories and defeats of the war. Rubay has retold the original tale with a fresh eye on all the characters, who come to vivid life on the page and linger in the reader's imagination. Liberty's Call will appeal to both adults and teens with an interest in romance and history.
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