Friday, November 8, 2013

The Courier of Caswell Hall (American Tapestries)The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson

This is an American Tapestry story telling of a time in history,of wars,spies and the men and women that had their lives changed forever.

A story of war and conflict in the days of the war between the states -sometimes brother against brother as the south and north clashed...
Then the british with their shiny red uniforms got in the mix and there was much confusion.  tariffs-fees-taxes all thought to be wrong by the southern elite as many plantations were burned to the ground and slaves either killed,ran away or joined the British armies.

Lydia.s father was uncertain how he would get his large estate harvested with the few that were left to work it, even his girls had to help or they would not have enough to live on for another year.

Lydia Caswell lived in a plantation (Caswell Hall) near the James river and  at the beginning our our story ,one night as she looksout her window she sees british ships going by on the river. "Father said they had left Virginia,what is happening-why are they here",  she went outside to get a closer look and while walking heard noises that led her to a man half frozen to death on the bank- in her heart she knew she must save him and this she did with the help of Elisha (slave).  They hid him away on the grounds and feared he would be found when a group from the british army came to their home and stayed making it their headquarters.  Lydia's parents were believers of the King and felt their property would be saved if they helped.

Lydia never knew she was harboring a spy and had put them into much danger by helping, this was only the beginning of changes that would be made in her life and the lives of friends and family.

Melanie takes us back to a time in history that some may have forgot and shows the bravery of the men and women in that period.
Thank you and Melanie that I was able to read this book and remember....

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