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Subject: Any good ideas for revolutionary war historical fiction?
Date Posted: 5/10/2010 8:24 AM ET
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Does anyone have any good ideas for Revolutionary war historical fiction maybe with a little romance thrown in? I love American history. Any good ideas? I am trying to compile myself a good book reading list for all American history time periods  and would appreciate any and all suggestions!

Thanks!

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 9:26 AM ET
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Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow.  I loved it as a teen, and even more as an adult.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 9:54 AM ET
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No romance here, but The Glorious Cause by Jeff Shaara is great at making the events and participants seem real.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 10:07 AM ET
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I finished a fabulous one about a couple months ago.  Christine Blevins(Beatrice Small) "The Tory Widow".  AFAIK it's still wl'ed.  I'll be watching this thread with interest as it's a favorite period of mine as well. 

The only thing I didn't like was the author quote on the cover.  I felt it was slightly deceitful for Beatrice Small to give a glowing quote regarding the "author's" talents when that author is herself.  Ok, small dig, but it's a pet peeve.....

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 10:37 AM ET
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thanks for the suggestions!

Jan, that is so funny...I guess she didn't think anyone would  know about her other pen name.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 11:42 AM ET
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David Liss' The Whiskey Rebels -- set in NY and Pennsylvania just after the Revolutionary War; a thriller that is told from two points of view -- that of Ethan Saunders, formerly one of General Washington's spies, now disgraced, and of Joan Maycott, a widow living on the Pennsylvania frontier. The two plotlines eventually come together -- the story is a bit convoluted with lots of action, financial shenanigans, and terrific characters. As I recall, Misfit did not care for it at all, but I know that at least Genie, Arika, and I all found this an entertaining and fascinating book. I highly recommend it.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 12:06 PM ET
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Well, I didn't know that! I've had 2 of the Blevins books sitting on the shelf for a while; now I'm really curious about them. Will definitely be pulling one off the shelf and giving it a try very soon.

Which of her books do you think is the best? Are they at all similar to her Small books? I think I read several of the Small books when I was in high school, back when I was stuck on romance books that had headstrong, quirky female characters. I think I read every one of the Julie Garwood books published at that time. Her books seemed to all feature a heroine who hated the male lead at first and didn't realize she really loved him until after he'd saved her from several different reidiculous situations. I could not get enough of that type books when I was in the 11th grade! They were a lot of fun.

I have "Midwife of the Blue Ridge" and "The Tory Widow". Which should I try first?

Sorry about the hijack, OP! I do have a recommendation for you though....

Shadowbrook by Beverly Swerling -  http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780743228138Shadowbrook+A+Novel+of+Love+War+and+the+Birth+of+America

Washington's Lady - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780764205002-Washingtons+Lady

Shadow Patriots - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780765344625-Shadow+Patriots+A+Novel+of+the+Revolution

Citizen Washington - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780446607858-Citizen+Washington

Dark Eagle - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780670887040-Dark+Eagle (not romantic, but an interesting look at an infamous man)

Diana Norman's book "Taking Liberties" features the war, but it's the 2nd in a trilogy. The 1st is "A Catch of Consequence", 2nd is "Taking Liberty", 3rd is "The Sparks Fly upward".



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Date Posted: 5/10/2010 12:55 PM ET
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I have Johnny One-Eye on my shelf and am planning to read it this year as part of the HF challenge.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 2:17 PM ET
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I'll second the rec on Celia Garth. There is a six book series that I have not yet tried so I have no idea how good it is. Go to Amazon and search Sparrowhawk, you should find it. I'd find it for you but my *net* time today is sorely limited.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 2:18 PM ET
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This is really interesting!  Christine Blevins and Bertrice Small aren't the same person, not at all... I've met Christine, spoken with her in person about her books, and although Small did blurb her first book, that's as far as it goes.  Their writing style isn't that similar either.  The quote may have been used to attract romance readers to Blevins's books, but Blevins' novels aren't lavish romantic epics - they take place on a much smaller scale - and she only writes about early America.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 2:31 PM ET
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I forgot to add, Sally Gunning's books are wonderful - there are three that take place just before or during the time of the Revolution.  First is The Widow's War, second Bound, and she has a third called The Rebellion of Jane Clarke coming out in a couple months.  I haven't read it yet but hope to have a copy in my hands soon.  If you plan on reading both WW and Bound, they should be read in order.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 2:37 PM ET
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Yup, Sarah is right.  Bertrice Small and Christine Blevins are not the same person.

http://www.bertricesmall.net/photos.shtml

http://www.christineblevins.com/about%20Christine.html

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 2:51 PM ET
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I just received the new Gunning book in the mail from Librarything.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 3:09 PM ET
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I asked for it for review for my blog... I'm buried in books but found the offer hard to resist.  I used to live near Cape Cod and the setting is spot on.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 3:11 PM ET
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I'd forgotten I'd entered for it.

Date Posted: 5/10/2010 6:10 PM ET
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Well cool-that's good to know.  But I swear I read somewhere that Blevins was a pen name for someone.  Now, I just have to find where I read it......