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Dawn of Liberty - Short Story Collection Paperback – May 28, 2016
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“This is historical fiction at its finest. Amber Schamel, the author, recreates a slice of time in Samuel Adams' life showing us his fervor for American independence from British rule. We get to see a glimpse of his faith, his family, and two of the opposition. I now feel like I know Samuel Adams as a real person, not just as a signer of the Declaration of Independence. History in a delightful-to-read form!”
“I really don't like history but Amber's writing made me see Samuel Adams in a new light.”
“By offering “slices” or vignettes of Adams’s life, the author helps us see Adams as a real person, not just a name on the bottom of the Declaration of Independence. Ms. Schamel has created a fast paced, intriguing collection of stories. Highly recommended.”
“As Americans, we know that the signing of the Declaration of Independence was a turning point in our history. We know it happened. But author Amber Schamel put me into the situation in such a way that I was fully involved and couldn't wait to see what happened. Then the beautiful climax had me in tears.”
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wonder sometimes what our forefathers would think about our country today. We are still fighting for our freedom today.
If Sam and the others were here today, what would they think or say? Only God knows.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a trip down history lane. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Dawn of Liberty features three short stories: “Dawn of Liberty,” “A Shot at Freedom,” and “Travail of a Nation.” In the first, the Pennsylvanian delegate is divided over the vote for independence. Two hours remain on the clock for Samuel to convince the men to put aside their differences to help birth a nation. In the second, Samuel and his friend, John Hancock, are on the run for their lives. Lexington is filled with British soldiers eager to take them into custody for their part in the colonies’ disobedience to the Crown. Samuel and John must decide whether to stay and fight, or escape to safety. In the third story, more British troops are on their way, and Samuel is must once again use his skills as an orator to convince his fellow delegates of the importance of unification among the colonies.
Through vivid description and effective dialogue, Samuel Adams becomes a living, vibrant character with dreams and goals of his own. He is no longer a two-dimensional man in the dry pages of a textbook. Readers are drawn into the era and the issues that everyday people dealt with as they struggled to raise their families, earn a living, and exercise their faith. Historical information is skillfully threaded throughout the story, giving readers an understanding of the controversies affecting the colonists.
By offering “slices” or vignettes of Adams’s life, the author helps us see Adams as a real person, not just a name on the bottom of the Declaration of Independence. Ms. Schamel has created a fast paced, intriguing collection of stories. Highly recommended.
The initial short story, Dawn of Liberty, open with Mr. Adams kneeling by his bed praying to God as He was seeking direction for his new country and fellow citizens. Samuel Adams was a powerful influencer with the delegates to vote for the declaration to declare freedom from Britain. I was in the moment with Mr. Adams as he sought out individuals to try and persuade them to vote in favor of breaking away from Britain along with his longing to see his wife and children who were in Boston.
The second short story, A Shot at Freedom, focus on Paul Revere riding into Lexington on April 19, 1774. Mr. Adams was torn what to do until some letters were read. With the aid of others Samuel Adams and John Hancock escaped Lexington before the first shot was fired. With the skirmish at Lexington will fellow delegates be convinced to vote for the Declaration of Independence or go to war?
Travail of a Nation brings the delegates together for the last rally before the vote for freedom from Britain. Samuel Adams felt the weight upon his shoulders and had done all he could with his speeches, individual meetings with others and seeking God. As we all know, the delegates vote was in favor of the Declaration of Independence, which was only the beginning of the travail America would face.
I look forward to reading more of Ms. Schamel's books filled with historical facts that are often overlooked and forgotten. What would our forefathers think of America today when they sought All Mighty God for direction? I'm thankful for Amber's writings that will remind readers what our fellow countrymen fought for to bring freedom to America.
I received a complimentary copy of Dawn of Liberty from the author and Celebrate Lit Publicity. An encouraging review was not required and all views expressed are this reader’s own thoughts.