Sunday Book Club: Independence Day

Posted July 3, 2016 by meezcarrie in Sunday Book Club / 22 Comments


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Welcome to an Independence Day Weekend Sunday Book Club!

Seeing as we in America are celebrating the birth of our nation, I thought we could talk about our favorite books set during the Colonial and Revolutionary eras in the United States (or, if you have a similar era in your country, I would LOVE to know your faves too).

Some of my very faves are Laura Frantz’s Kentucke books (The Colonel’s Lady, Courting Morrow Little, The Frontiersman’s Daughter) and her most recent release The Mistress of Tall Acre. I also love Lori Benton’s Pathfinders series (The Wood’s Edge, A Flight of Arrows), Deeanne Gist’s A Bride Most Begrudging, and Carrie Fancett Pagels’ Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter. Marguerite Martin Gray will be on my blog tomorrow to talk about her book Hold Me Close, which is set around the stirrings of the Revolution in Charleston.

So, now it’s your turn! 🙂 What are some must-read books set in Colonial/Revolutionary America? (Or your own country)

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22 responses to “Sunday Book Club: Independence Day

  1. I read Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser last year for President’s Day. I love Moser’s take on historical figures. Post-revolution, I loved Burning Sky by Lori Benton. I need to read her other books as well.

    • Carrie

      I have Burning Sky but haven’t had time to read it yet – definitely on my “must reads” though. Will have to check out Washington’s Lady!

  2. Susan

    Laura Frantz and Lori Benton are top of the list. The first book in Roseanna White’s Culper Ring series is set during the Revolutionary War as well.

  3. My friend Theresa Linden is releasing the third in her Liberty Trilogy tomorrow. It’s a dystopian series, but this third book – Fight for Liberty – goes between the book’s present and colonial America with Betsy Ross via virtual reality video games. It’s quite clever. It all fits a “faith, family & freedom” theme. I’ve not read big-name dystopian series yet, but I love this one (and Katie Ganshert’s The Gifting Series, which has nothing to do with this thread but I just love so much!).

  4. A few of these are on my tbr. But so far, the only book I can think of that I have read, is from the Dear America series…winter if red snow (?) juvenile fiction…but these books got me LOVING historical fiction!

  5. Carrie, the American Revolution is my favorite historical setting and I’m going to recommend two older books that, while reading is very subjective, I thought were out of this world.

    1) Daughter of Liberty by J. M. Hochstetler – I discovered this years ago when I used to devour the “new & recommended” pages of CBD’s fiction catalog. It’s #1 in Joan’s American Patriot series. I need to read it again so I can post a review. Loved the characters and tense action, but the romance is to die for – the kind that makes you melt.

    2) Dawn’s Early Light by Elswyth Thane – This is a real classic, Carrie – first in Thane’s Williamsburg series and probably written back in the late 60s. Not Christian fiction, but definitely has Christian values. You’d probably have to get this from a library. Really outstanding in every way.

  6. Rachael Merritt

    I was going to mention both Laura Frantz and Lori Benton’s books. I think those top them all. Rebecca DeMarino’s Southhold Chronicles is pre revolutionary war and very good. I also enjoyed The Gulf Coast Chronicles by Beth White. They take place before, during, and after the Revolutionary War in and around Alabama. The setting for that time period is rare and fascinating as the French, Indians, and others are involved in that area. It makes for a great series.

  7. Angela Hunt has an older series called Keepers of the Ring that follows a family from Roanoke forward. I also enjoyed The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki.

    • Carrie

      Oh yes I forgot about Angela Hunt’s series! I need to go back and reread that one sometime

  8. Carrie, ask a question then tell us all the best answers! What am I supposed to add to that list? LOL!
    The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson and Shenandoah Nights are the only others I can think of. Obviously I need more colonial and revolutionary books in my life!

  9. Tracey H

    I second Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin from the Refiners Fire trilogy. All three in this series are excellent must read recommendations.

    The Surrender to Destiny trilogy by Marylu Tyndall about the War of 1812 is also an amazing set of books. (I noticed the first one Surrender the Heart is free right now and the other two .99 so you can’t go wrong with these)

    I can’t keep everything I read, but both these historical sets are on my keeper shelf.

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