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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

HF Virtual Book Tours: The Loyalist's Wife by Elaine Cougler

Title: The Loyalist's Wife
Author: Elaine Cougler
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Peache House Press
Publish Date: June 8, 2013
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a historical fiction fan.
  • You want to see a different point of view than the usual.
What's the Story?:

From "When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler's Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.
With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist's Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual cost of such battles."

My Two Cents:

I really was interested in reading "The Loyalist's Wife" because I haven't read a lot of historical fiction set in America and I haven't read a lot of historical fiction set during the Revolutionary War (why isn't there more out there???). I also was intrigued by the idea that this book was told about Loyalists, those that supported the King of England during the Revolutionary War. This story follows John and Lucy, a couple who still support the King and for that, they are in danger. The story follows both John's time in the Rangers and Lucy's time on the farm alone.

I thought this story was really interesting. I loved the accounts of Lucy's life on the farm. When John leaves to fight with the Rangers, Lucy has to take over the farm herself. Because she is a Loyalist and a woman all alone, she faces a lot of danger. There was so much good detail here. I could see the long, cold winter that Lucy was trying to live through. She even has to deliver her own baby!

I also really liked learning about the Native Americans and their ties to both the Loyalists and the Revolutionaries. I didn't realize that there were some Native Americans that actually supported the Loyalists. I always love when you can learn something new from a book. This is a huge reason that I love historical fiction!

I really wished that we got to learn more about why John and Lucy still support the King. Because of the way our country came about, it was really hard for me to get into the mindset of someone that didn't think that independence from England would be better for America. I really wanted to learn more about the politics of being a Loyalist.

Overall, this was an intriguing story!

Follow the Rest of the Tour:
Monday, October 7
Feature & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, October 8
Review at West Metro Mommy
Wednesday, October 9
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, October 10
Review at Unabridged Chick
Review & Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Friday, October 11
Review & Giveaway at Kinx’s Book Nook
Monday, October 14
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Tuesday, October 15
Review at A Bookish Affair
Guest Post at Book Lovers Paradise
Thursday, October 17
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Friday, October 18
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Guest Post at A Bookish Affair
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Monday, October 21
Review & Giveaway at Confessions of an Avid Reader
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  1. My book club would probably love this book!

  2. I completely agree we need more tales from this time period, and I don't think I've ever read one from a loyalist point of view. This appeals to me on so many levels. Wonderful review Megan.

  3. This sounds interesting. I agree, it would be hard to get into the loyalist point of view.


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