- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Whittlers Bench Press; 1st Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0978526546
- ISBN-13: 978-0978526542
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,241,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Camp Follower Paperback – September 30, 2008
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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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There were drawbacks that overrode the good research, however. If it was a movie it'd be rated either R or X, depending on how offensive the description of the child molestation was considered. I found it quite offensive, and it leaves a *very* unpleasant picture in the mind, which you are reminded of more than once afterwards. If you want a clean book, definitely give this a miss.
Another thing I disliked about this book is that the heroine gets strongly sexually attracted to multiple men, to the point of not thinking clearly. One of the men is her enemy, who is cold-blooded, calculating, and totally self-centered, but she still has trouble using her brain when he turns on the sex appeal.
I wanted, and expected, to like this book, but I'm actually sorry I wasted time finishing it.
Dunstan Fairfax is possibly the most hypnotic and attractive villain since the Marquis de Sade. If you are female, you really want to bed him before you kill him. And, yes, you really want to kill him.
Suzanne Adair brings to life every smell in an 18th century British camp--along with every other sensation. You are there freezing at 5:00 when the camp wakes. You know how the cavalry trained with your heart in your throat as it happens. You understand the exact walls a woman ran up against and how she could climb them.
More to the point, this is not the tale of a pampered debutante. Helen could be you or I. She is facing foreclosure and takes the job with the newspaper to avoid financial ruin. The twists of her financial problems make for the mystery of the novel.
Sent by her editor to report on the campaign of British military darling, Lt., Banastre Tarleton, she is a sometimes reluctant participant in almost every documented skirmish and battle in the Southern Campaign in 1780. This is the period in which the British actually lost the Revolutionary War, although they didn't admit then.
She is involved with two men--both fascinating--and her struggle to reconcile her feelings creates the depth of the novel. A heroine who is empathetic, sympathetic and independent while appearing socially conventional is something new in historical fiction, but absolutely accurate for the period.
Should you doubt the accuracy of anything in the book, Suzanne Adair has published her bibliography, which is comprehensive in a manner almost unheard of in fiction. This is fiction with a twist. Based on the where and when of the story everything could have documentarily happened.
It really makes one want to run out and immediately book a room in Historic Williamsburg or a Charleston Bed and Breakfast. The reader can actually see herself in these pages, and that is my definition of an extraordinary read.