Beth Ann Ziarnik reviews SARATOGA LETTERS by Elaine Marie Cooper
Amazon Short Version:
It is 1777. The Battle of Saratoga, a turning point of the Revolutionary War, encourages the American Continental Army with their first great victory. But there seemed little to celebrate for one patriotic woman forced to nurse wounded British soldiers right in their war camp. Thrust into deception by a cruel Loyalist uncle, Abigail is forced to lie in order to survive, all the while dealing with fears that challenge her faith. Danger stalks her everywhere, yet her salvation springs from an unexpected source.
Two hundred years later, on the anniversary of the Battle of Saratoga, thousands arrive from Europe and the United States to celebrate the event—including descendants from the war. One young American, Abby, meets another offspring of a British soldier. When her life is threatened, Abby turns to the only person she knows at the event—her British ally. Can she trust him with her life? Or will he betray her in the same way Loyalist spies betrayed her ancestors? Perhaps letters from long ago will reveal the truth.
When I first realized that Saratoga Letters was a two-part novel with two separate stories—one in the 1777 and the other in more modern times—I wondered how author Elaine Marie Cooper could pull it off successfully. A fan of her earlier novels, I should have known she was up to the challenge. The result is a riveting Christian historical romantic suspense,
As with her other novels, Elaine brings to this one an astonishingly rich and authentic knowledge of Revolutionary War times. In this case, the use of the herbs, medicines, and other medical care which Abigail had learned from her father. Her talent thrust her into great danger as a hidden patriot in a Loyalist field hospital. The author is also adept at using the mores and customs of the times to steep her heroine in even greater danger.
Two hundred years later, within the second part of the story, the author fascinates with the many facets of holding a reenactment of the original battle. Costumes, parts to be played, and so much more, along with danger that comes from that past to the descendants of the first story. I was fascinated by the many cords that connected the two stories, knitting them together as one. Yet each story has its own challenges to the romance and suspense elements.
I heartily recommend Saratoga Letters to avid readers of romantic suspense, lovers of Revolutionary War times, and historical reenactment fans. What a pleasure it was to read this novel given to me for an honest review.
About the Reviewer:
Beth Ann Ziarnik realized her long-time dream of becoming an inspirational romantic suspense author when HER DEADLY INHERITANCE released in January this year. She loves writing stories with all the twists, turns, cliffhangers, and romantic tension she and readers of romantic suspense love.
Co-founder of Word & Pen Christian Writers in Northeast Wisconsin and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she also teaches a women’s Bible study. Married 47 years to her sweetheart, she is the blessed mother of two sons, grandmother of five, and great-grandmother of one.
Connect with Beth at her blog, and on Facebook and Twitter.