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Pursuit of Happiness Paperback – October 20, 2010
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I recommend this book to all fiction readers and some who prefer a little nonfiction thrown in for good measure. It is a real find and so enjoyable to read. Another treasure by Sheldon Greene. Mary Ligonor, Book Pleasures --Mary Lignor, Book Pleasures
Historical novels have never been at the top of my list for choices in reading material, but since I've read Pursuit of Happiness by Sheldon Greene, they have moved far up on the list. --Lisa Binion,Fiction Editor, Bellaonline,
Top Customer Reviews
Author Sheldon Greene displays empathy for every one of his engaging, multi-layered characters, even the odious ones, and spins them a fast-paced, exciting adventure set among carefully-researched historical people and events. His writing is deft and vivid. In a stand-out scene, he handles the death of an unsympathetic character with particular thoughtfulness and grace. He draws readers into his characters' dilemmas of conscience and educates us about the people and ideas that shaped the Revolution without excessive stream-of-consciousness chatter or pedantry.
Perhaps most important, "Pursuit of Happiness" reminds us that unlike any country that previously existed, the United States's borders were not established based on ethnic or religious allegiances, nor was it governed by those who inherited power.Read more ›
Amelia Sayre was married to Duncan seemingly in name only. Duncan promised much but rarely followed through, such as the six-months in Europe that never materialized. Duncan also wanted no parts of children, a fact that Amelia found so wrong for a married couple. Amelia would look out to the sea waiting for ships to sail into port hoping that something new would arise from that arrival. Amelia had her friends and Rachel was probably the closest. Slavery was very much a part of the times. Some slaves were given some freedom within the family they worked for but were never totally free. They took their unbearable punishment if they did not obey to the letter of their masters.
Joshua Rutledge was a Quaker and Quakers are pacifists, or are supposed to be and Joshua strongly believed that that was the way to live during these times of war. He would not fight even though many in the government tried to talk him into helping the Americans, knowing what a leader he was. General George Washington and some of his military leaders figured they could get Joshua to help by conveying information back and forth.Read more ›
This book, sent to me free by the author, is recommended for those who want to learn more about the revolution that freed the American colonies from the rule of England. An irresistible story of romance and suspense is woven into the actual happenings of the war that ensured this nation's freedom from the British.
Through Greene's descriptions and dialogue, we experience the hardships Washington and his men faced during the bleak, cold winters of the Northeast. The Continental Army's deprivation of blankets, warm clothing, and shoes caused many of the men to fall sick. The enemy would not expect such a ragtag army to cross the icy Delaware on Christmas Eve during a fierce winter storm. Their crossing was planned to surprise the enemy and give the dying Continental Army a much needed boost.
Joshua Rutledge, the main character in the story, is a Quaker whose desire to fight for the colonists is hampered out of respect for his dying father. Quaker beliefs prohibit the taking up of arms and fighting. Then an opportunity arrives for Joshua to participate in the war effort and help those fighting for the freedom of America from England without doing any actual fighting - he is to be a spy and aid in the French shipment of arms to the Continental Army. All of this must be done in secret and with the aid of a Jewish ship owner.
His mission as a spy takes him to the fictional island of St. Catherine's. One of the first people he becomes involved with on the island is Petra Spain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pursuit of Happiness By Sheldon Greene is a well-told revolutionary war tale, and, as the title might lead one to believe, there's romance involved too. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by LadyDragoness
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS by Sheldon Greene is a historical fiction/romance set during the American Revolution. Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by Amazon Customer (April Renn/AprilR )
Sheldon Greene is now on my list of favorite historical fiction authors! "Pursuit of Happiness" is a great novel that is filled with fact and fiction, love, betrayal and details... Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by K. Ingerto
If your a fan of historical fiction. This is the book for you. If you enjoy a book that you can enjoy over a long weekend. This is the book for you. Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Madeover
Do you like really interesting historical fiction? The kind of book that leaves you on the edge of your seat until you finish and learn the outcome? The this is the book for you. Read morePublished on February 11, 2011 by Miriam from Wheels Have Eyes
An excellent read encompassing love, hate, compassion, and all the other goodies that Mr. Greene seems to be able to incorporate into a very readable book for all. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by M. Lignor