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The Blacksmith's Daughter: A Mystery of the American Revolution Paperback – September 24, 2012


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  • Series: A Mystery of the American Revolution
  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (September 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147750687X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477506875
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,939,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Blacksmith's Daughter:

"History and fiction combined to tell a great story." -- Armchair Interviews

"Suzanne Adair follows up her award-winning debut with another, subtler, high-stakes adventure tale." -- Front Street Reviews

"Adair holds the reader enthralled with constant action, spine-tingling suspense, and superb characterization." -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she's not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, hiking, and spending time with her family.

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Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she's not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, hiking, and spending time with her family.

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I've read both books, can't wait for the third.
Lonnie Cruse
Once again, impeccable research and a great story combine to make history an exciting read!
Brenda S. Walters
The historical events incorporated into fiction are fascinating.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Suzanne Adair follows up her award-winning debut with another, subtler, high-stakes adventure tale.

Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, The Blacksmith's Daughter is the story of seventeen-year-old Betsy Sheridan, a neutral who can't help getting involved in rebel intrigues. Happily married to a successful cobbler, Betsey is pregnant with her first child when her seemingly-perfect life starts to fall apart.

Her uncle and both her parents are on the run after being incorrectly labeled as rebel spies. Betsey is implicated in their activities when her uncle drops by to assure her of their safety. With British officers of her case, Betsey discovers that her husband has been keeping secrets from her and, though posing as a loyalist, is involved in a rebel spy ring. When her house is first vandalized and then burned to the ground, Betsey realizes how tenuous her safety in Camden is. Knowing that she must do whatever it takes to keep her unborn child safe, Betsey is determined to leave town. Torn between a desire to reunite with her parents and her duty to her husband, it seems like there are no simple decisions in this time of war.

Filled with adventure, romance, and abundant historical detail, The Blacksmith's Daughter is a page-turner. What sets it apart from most historical thrillers, however, is its cast of substantive characters. Protagonist Betsey is sympathetic, if a bit impetuous. The secondary characters--from the villainous Lieutenant Fairfax to minor actor Josiah Carter--are all carefully drawn and fully realized. Additionally Adair puts her novel in context with a historical afterword and bibliography.

While The Blacksmith's Daughter follows Adair's first novel, Paper Woman, it does stand on its own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2011
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Beautifully written, exceptionally well researched, Suzanne Adair's book will transport you to a time in our history that was more dangerous and exciting than anything you learned in history class. We get to see a tumultuous time in our history from the point of view of the people who lived it. A great tale with sympathetic characters and a heart-stopping villain. Couldn't put this book down!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie Cruse on September 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I love Suzanne Adair's series. I've read both books, can't wait for the third. In this book, Betsy, the heroine, is pregnant and fighting to stay alive and out of harm's way as she searches for members of her family. Facinating read and Adair has her history down pat! Excellent read, highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbie aka Cody Lee of C.C.Colee on March 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Once again Ms. Adair has made it possible for me to step into the past and enter the world of her story with her writing--and that is my kind of book!!!

I read this as voraciously as I did Paper Woman and enjoyed it just as much. I hated for it to end, but then that just made me all the more ready to join her characters in the next installment!

Betsy is someone I would probably have been if I lived in that time--headstrong, brave and hell bent on her mission.

I don't want to give the story away, but the readers of Paper Woman will find `old friends' and `old enemies' as well as new ones in this continuing saga. I love how this book parallels the story in Paper Woman. It makes it seem all the more real to the reader in my opinion.

I rolled my eyes when nemesis Lt. Fairfax (ugh!!!)showed up again...but even he, with his black heart gives the story the zest to entice you reading on! His unending 'bag of dirty tricks' boggles the mind--but I have to say he is a very good swordsman!

Once again Ms. Adiar, I send up a HUZZAH! for your talents!
Deborah Rosenkrans, aka Cody Lee of the author C.C.Colee
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose Marie Morton on January 13, 2011
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Blacksmith's Daughter, a Novel of the American Revolution, by Suzanne Adair, was a delightful surprise as its tale took unexpected twists and turns. Set in frontier villages and towns of South Carolina and Georgia, it gives us a glimpse of how everyday common folk had to make do under British rule in time of war. This well-researched account of spies and neighbors divided tells of a young woman's journey to find safety for the babe in her womb.
The writing style, plot development and attention to detail can be compared to that of Diana Gabaldon, so it's a treat for Ms. Gabaldon's fans. It's the type of book you just don't want to end and hope another one will come out soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christy Tillery French VINE VOICE on January 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
The second book in Suzanne Adair's Revolutionary War series features Betsy Sheridan, daughter to Sophie Barton, the main character in her first book, PAPER WOMAN. Seventeen-year-old Betsy is pregnant and married to Clark Sheridan, a successful cobbler and avowed Loyalist. Although Betsy is a neutral, her parents have been branded spies by the British and are in hiding. When Betsy finds a coded message in one of Clark's boots and witnesses a mysterious meeting between her husband and a Spaniard, she begins to suspect he, too, may be a spy for the rebels. But Betsy is loyal to Clark and holds her tongue. Shortly thereafter, their house is burned to the ground and her husband disappears. Betsy, aware that the British now suspect her of treason, intends to find Clark with the help of his apprentice Tom Alexander before joining her parents. Not far behind is Lieutenant Dunstan Fairfax, who wants nothing more than to find Sophie Barton, and he'll do anything, including murder, to get to her.

THE BLACKSMITH'S DAUGHTER is a rollicking adventure from beginning to end. Adair holds the reader enthralled with constant action, spine-tingling suspense, and superb characterization, all wrapped within historical fact. She conveys the tense conflict between the Loyalists and Rebels, and the danger of being either one, in an exceptional and thought-provoking manner. This is one book the reader will not want to put down.
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