I really enjoyed reading Fields of the Fatherless. This young adult story is a wonderful book for both adults and teenagers who want to learn history while reading a novel. While the diary entries and actual dialogue was created by the author, it is based on real events and real people who suffered a devastating battle in Menotomy Village, Massachusetts in 1775.
These characters and their situation came to life for me in this book and the information about the real battle and history that is included at the back of the story is so interesting. There is a childbirth scene and some gritty battle wound details in the book, but it is all handled in a very tactful manner. This is a very real portrayal of war from the perspective of a teenage girl who feels like much is out of her control. It is a very good book. (5 stars)
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by the British troops.
Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land—yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well?
Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems almost a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family—his wife, children and grandchildren—and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst.
But not even the American militia could have predicted what was about to occur—right on the Russells’ doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author/Speaker Elaine Marie Cooper is a self-described history geek. Her bookshelves are filled with volumes about the American Revolution, an era she became fascinated with when growing up in Massachusetts.
Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and writing—usually about the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her novels.
Her most recent publication is a definite change in her usual topic. Bethany’s Calendar is a non-fiction memoir of her daughter who died of a brain tumor in 2003. This is the book she never wanted to write, yet felt an inner prompting to pen her daughter’s journey through terminal cancer. It has already touched many lives and her prayer is that it will help each reader, whether a caregiver, patient or friend of a patient. Or just anyone who faces an unimaginable struggle in their life.