With Washington’s army, she joined America’s fight for independence…
1773. The night that Addie Valencourt sneaks out to witness the Boston Tea Party, she knows that her world is about to change forever. Soon, the love and security of her tight-knit family is torn apart by the fight for American independence.
When the British lay siege to Boston, Addie’s English-born father welcomes them into his home, while her childhood sweetheart Silas leaves to join General Washington. Addie is determined to follow him when she meets Scottish Highlander John Traverne. The frowning, dark-haired soldier is unlike anyone she has ever known, and he interests her more than he should. But any future with a man on the opposite side of this fight is impossible…
As the bitter war continues, Addie’s life becomes increasingly bound with the fate of America. When Silas is captured by the British, she risks all to search for him, but venturing into enemy territory brings her face to face with her Highlander again. Now Addie must make an impossible choice between what her heart is telling her, and protecting the secrets—and even the very lives—of the Patriots on the dangerous front line…
The first part of an epic, emotional and heartbreaking trilogy about a woman caught in the struggle for a new America. Readers who love My Dear Hamilton and Flight of the Sparrow will be swept away by America’s Daughter.
I am a huge fan of Celeste De Blasis, so when I was given the opportunity to read and review this latest novel of hers I simply couldn’t refuse.
America’s Daughter is the first book in a brand new series. The story begins in 1773 in Boston, during the unrest between the American Colonists and the British. Addie Valencourt strongly believes in the Patriots cause, and after witnessing the Boston Tea Party, she quickly comes to realise that the lives of herself and her family are about to be irrevocably changed.
Addie aligns herself with her twin brother Ad and her childhood sweetheart Silas. Her father is a Tory, and a strong believer in Georges Kingly right, so Addie finds herself keeping her thoughts on matters to herself for a while. That quickly changes when the British seize Boston, leaving Addie with little choice but to speak up for herself and her beliefs. She announces that herself and her brothers believe in the Patriots cause, something that is far from welcome news to her father.
Her brothers and Silas leave to join the fight, and Addie is left at home with her family worrying about the fate of those she loves, unsure if they shall ever return. Despite their opposing views, Addie’s father loves his children dearly and wants them to return safely. He does have to face a difficult decision shortly after this, something which will impact upon their family greatly. This is without a doubt trying times for everyone, but as the Patriots become more resolute, the emerging nation that will become America begins to unfold.
This book was utterly captivating from the very start. Celeste De Blasis has such a wonderful writing style that really allows the reader to feel as though they are living the story alongside the characters. The storyline is well structured and filled with drama and detail throughout. A lot of detail has been paid to all of the events that occur throughout this book, really allowing the reader to gain a better understanding of how people living through such troubling times might have felt.
The characters are well fleshed out and charismatic, all of them having their own strengths and flaws, allowing us to relate to them on a deeper level. The interactions between them were delightful and really engrossing, I found myself well and truly lost in the world in which the author has created.
A marvellous start to what is sure to be a captivating new series, I adored this story and look forward to reading the next instalment!
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About the Author
Millions of readers have fallen under the spell of the lush, enthralling and bestselling novels by Celeste De Blasis. Tales of adventure and romance set against the sweep of history—all are storytelling at its finest. After graduating from Pomona College, Celeste devoted her life to impeccable research and spellbinding writing. A native Californian, Celeste grew up on the historic Kemper Campbell Ranch in the Mojave Desert, where she lived until her death in 2001.