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The Declaration: Tales From a Revolution - South-Carolina Paperback – Illustrated, June 24, 2014
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"Lars Hedbor has a magical way of bringing the revolution alive for the reader and this newest addition to the series does not disappoint!"
"I found it unique that the main family is not inserted into pivotal roles or conveniently by the side of those that made the Declaration. They are everyday people doing what they feel is right to survive. That makes this book read more like a historical biography than fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it."
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Paperback : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0989441067
- ISBN-13 : 978-0989441063
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.54 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Brief Candle Press; Illustrated edition (June 24, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #641,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In The Declaration, Mr. Hedbor offers us a fictional account of a present day family finding a broadside of the Mecklenburg Declaration in the attic of their Revolution-era house. But what makes the story so effective is a side-by-side narrative of events taking place two hundred years before. We’re actually able to live the history being discovered in the attic.
As ever, Mr. Hedbor’s strength lie in his ability to make the past come alive by giving it a face and a name and a heart. I am especially a fan of the careful vernacular he uses that fits the time period so well. And I love that he chooses to illustrate lesser known corners of the Revolution. I’m a history geek, but the Mecklenburg Declaration was only a hazy name in the back of my mind from a long ago college course. This gave me a new facet of a much-loved era to ruminate about. I confess I read up on it a bit afterward, and Mr. Hedbor’s story rings completely true. Highly recommended.
This story is told by mixing a present day story of the owners of a property with flashbacks to the owners of the same property during the time of the Revolutionary War. Here, Katie has volunteered to help pack up her grandmother's house so that it can be sold and her grandmother moved to a nursing home. As Katie is going through the attic, she finds a chest containing papers dating back to the Revolutionary War. A local historian is called to authenticate the documents. During the Revolutionary War, the same property is owned by tobacco farmer Justin Harris and his family. The Harris family is forced to make decisions related to their farm, becoming involved in the uprising against Britain and their slave Terrance.
I am a big fan of historical fiction - escpecially when the story is based on lesser known historical facts. The author deftly weaves together the present and past to create an engaging tale. History comes to life with real heart and thanks to this author's stories, the people who persevered are longer faceless cold facts in a long forgotten history book.
I listened to this book - the narrator did a wonderful job. He did various voices for the different characters and really made the story come alive.
We also follow the story of their ancestors during the time prior to the writing of the Mecklenburg Declaration. The colonists, due to the horrible treatment by the British troops, band together to fight back and protect their own. Our main character joins the Committee of Safety’s patrol. We get insight into the plight of his family and other colonists. We also get a glimpse into the hardships endured by the slaves on the tobacco plantations. Many colonists suffered injustices under the British, but many more slaves suffered by the hand of the British soldiers and the colonists.
I read / listen to a lot of historical fiction and I found it unique that the main family is not inserted into pivotal roles or conveniently by the side of those that made the Declaration. They are everyday people doing what they feel is right to survive. That makes this book read more like a historical biography than fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is the first book I’ve listened to by this author and I will look for more! A lot of research went into this book.
Shamaan Casey did a great job voicing this book. Distinct voices were used for each character and the female voices were well done. He did everything from a young woman, to grandmother, to a deep voiced man. His cadence was very pleasant. I’d love to listen to another story by this narrator.
There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review
I always enjoy a good historical fiction and this one was definitely a fun one. I'll admit that when it started I wasn't sure if I would like it... the narrator's very deep voice (reminiscent of James Earl Jones) was an adjustment for me- didn't fit the initial characters- but as I got deeper into the story it all fit together. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it. The story pops back and forth from current time and the Revolution Era and each is so well developed that you look forward to the switches between them wanting to know how each turns out.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.