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Product Details

  • 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: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,990,188 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.

Check out Suzanne's web site and blog at http://www.suzanneadair.net/ to learn more of her adventures.

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"A swashbuckling good mystery yarn!" -- The Wilmington Star-News (PAPER WOMAN)

"Wonderfully complex characters and a fascinating story line are coupled with terrific writing." -- Great Historicals (A HOSTAGE TO HERITAGE)

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I recommend this book to anyone who loves history and mystery.
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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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The historical events incorporated into fiction are fascinating.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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 Liz at reviewedbyliz.com on December 16, 2007
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THE BLACKSMITH'S DAUGHTER is the second book in Suzanne Adair's Revolutionary War series. Sophie Barton was the main character in PAPER WOMAN, and her daughter Betsy Sheridan is featured in book two. It is 1780 and seventeen-year-old Betsy is pregnant when she begins to suspect her husband is spying for the patriots. Her parents, grandfather, and uncle are already in hiding or on the run as suspected spies and British Lieutenant Fairfax, thwarted by her relatives, confronts Betsy at every turn. She is trying to keep the activities of her various family members secret from Fairfax while working to locate them so she can be reunited with them.

But Betsy is an innocent in this political intrigue and she first has to learn who the players are. There is danger for her and her unborn child around every corner and she has to be on her guard at all times if they are going to survive.

This book is not a traditional mystery, but it is a fantastic read. Instead of figuring out whodunit, you spent much of the book trying to unravel the complex motivations and hidden agendas of the different characters. Who is working for the crown and who for the rebels? And can you trust any of them?

One of the most interesting aspects of this book (aside from the wonderful historical detail) is the way that Adair communicates to the reader the tremendous amount of stress that people living during the American Revolution must have lived with. When your own country is torn apart by war and the front line could well be in your front yard, no one is safe. Saying the wrong thing to the wrong person can get you - and your entire family - killed. As you read this book, you really get the feeling of insecurity and of not knowing upon whom you can rely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 17, 2007
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Suzanne Adair's second book in her series about a family of strong women in the American Revolution is a winner. She has taken some not-so-familiar history of the Carolinas' involvement in the war, and wound a story of rebel spies and intrigue. Mixed with the evil Redcoat Lt. Fairfax and other characters from the first novel, Paper Woman, she tells the story of Betsy Sheridan. a 17-year-old pregnant wife of Clark Sheridan, a small-town cobbler.

Betsy's mother Sophia, along with her uncle and her half-Indian father, are reputed to be rebel spies and have escaped from the hands of Lt. Fairfax. They are rumored to be hiding with the lower Creek Indian tribe.

Based on things she finds, she suspects her husband Clark is also involved in some secret goings on. Betsy herself is innocent of wrongdoing and is concerned for her unborn child. She claims to be a neutral in the war, but at every turn she is suspected of helping her mother and the others that have escaped Lt. Fairfax.

Clark admits to Betsy he is involved and leaves her to perform a mission for the rebels. She wants to believe that he loves her and is trying to get out of the web he has got himself into. Lt. Fairfax and others are suspecting she is involved so she takes a chance and decides to flee to the town where she thinks her husband has gone.

Clark's apprentice Tom is determined that she not go alone. They gather up supplies and a few other trusted people and set off. From then on the story is filled with ambushes and struggles as they find their way across wild country and face the continual threat of Lt. Fairfax and the Redcoats.

The book is filled with historical information about the Carolinas, the battles in the war and the men who fought them. Betsy gets herself out of jam after jam and makes the book a lively read.

Armchair Interview says: History and fiction combined to tell a great story.
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