Title: Her Vanquished Land
Author: Diane Scott Lewis
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 1780, Rowena Marsh decodes messages for the British during the American Revolution. When the rebels overrun her home state of Pennsylvania, she flees with her family. Are the people loyal to England welcome anywhere in the burgeoning United States? Rowena struggles with possible defeat and permanent exile, plus her growing love for an enigmatic Welshman who may have little need for affection. Will the war destroy both their lives?
A sweeping romantic adventure that carries the reader through the tumultuous years of the Revolutionary War in America.
The author has the gift for creating characters that the reader quickly develops strong feelings for. Rowena is a superb leading lady. The complexity and depth of her feelings is done in a first-rate manner. Her cousin James is a complete idiot who the reader can detest from almost the moment he first graces a page. He was my candidate for eating a musket ball almost from day one.
Possibly the finest and most likable character in the whole book is Sam. Selfless, deeply moral, brave and true. His character was a joy to watch grow in the book.
The adventures are compelling. The exciting parts keeps the reader on edge throughout. The romance is heartwarming.
Fans of the movie 'The Patriot' and even fans of the miniseries ‘The Blue and The Gray’ will love this book.
A book that rewards the reader for the effort made in reading.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Diane Parkinson (Diane Scott Lewis) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, joined the Navy at nineteen, married in Greece and raised two sons all over the world, including Puerto Rico and Guam. A member of the Historical Novel Society, she wrote book reviews for the Historical Novels Review. Diane worked from 2007 to 2010 as an on-line historical editor. She has had several historical and historical-romance novels published between 2010 and 2019.
Diane lives with her husband in western Pennsylvania.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N