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368 pages
May 2004
Zondervan

Daughter of Liberty

by J.M. Hochstetler

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Review:

A young woman plays a dangerous game as the flirtatious darling of the British Red Coats while being a rebel spy. Elizabeth has turned her sympathy toward the American Revolutionaries, and as the beautiful daughter of a trusted Boston physician, she is welcome at all of the finest British parties. While there, she gathers information and passes it on at the risk of her own life.

Jonathan is a rising star in the British army. He is drawn to the lovely lady with the reputation of a flirt who won't commit to any man. Can a British officer and an American rebel resist the attraction between them for the good of their countries, and should they?

J.M. Hochstetler tells the story of Daughter of Liberty in a style I love. She takes fictional characters and sets them at critical moments in history to describe events through their eyes. Daughter of Liberty sets Elizabeth and Jonathan into the middle of the battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill. I now know more about those first battles of the American Revolution than I ever learned in history class.

I've long believed that history in school should be taught through fiction. Instead, history is taught with the dry textbook style of memorizing dates, places, and names -- something guaranteed to suck all the fun out of it.

Great historical moments are always fraught with tension, life and death, heroism, sacrifice and passion. A novel can catch all of the natural drama while still delivering the facts.

Daughter of Liberty is the first in a series of novels by Hochstetler about the Revolution. I can't wait for more. – Mary Connealy, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

It’s Eastertide, April 1775, and in Boston, circumstances are escalating toward a fateful confrontation between the British Regulars and the Sons of Liberty. Caught in the rift between Whig and Tory, Elizabeth Howard is torn between her love for her prominent parents, who have strong ties with the British, and her secret opposition—as the infamous courier Oriole—to England.

Elizabeth must learn when the Regulars plan to seize a critical store of munitions. But she hasn’t counted on the arrival of Jonathan Carleton, a captain in the Seventeenth Light Dragoons. To Elizabeth’s dismay, the attraction between them is immediate, powerful—and fought on both sides in a war of wits and words. As Carleton quickly wins General Thomas Gage’s confidence and the assignment to ferret out Oriole, Elizabeth realizes he is her most dangerous foe—and the possessor of her heart.

As the first blood is spilled at Lexington and Concord, Carleton fights his own private battle of faith. And the headstrong Elizabeth must learn to follow God’s leading as her dangerous role thrusts her ever closer to the carnage of Bunker Hill.