Title: The Road to Deer Run
Author: Elaine Marie Cooper
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
In 1777, Daniel Lowe is an escaped, wounded prisoner of war during the Revolutionary War. Suffering both from the loss of his brother and a serious leg injury, he makes his way through the wintry woods, where he collapses ready to meet his Maker. Mary Thompson, still grieving the loss of her best friend and brother, Asa, stumbles across the wounded soldier in the woods on her family’s lands. She must consider both the political and spiritual impact her assistance might have on both him and her family.
Choosing to nurse the wounded soldier back to health, much like the Good Samaritan, Mary discovers that Daniel is both a man of good character and a man in need of a Saviour. Despite her widowed mother’s misgivings, Mary pursues a course of action that puts both Daniel and her family’s lives in danger.
LOVED THIS STORY! Based on true stories of the author’s ancestors, this was a well-written and thoroughly enjoyable story. The characters came to life and I felt as though I were watching it unfold before my eyes. Not only were the characters believable, but actual historical events woven throughout the story make it a significant story, as well.
The reading of the Declaration of Independence by an older veteran soldier in a town meeting was both moving and exciting. The feelings of doubt regarding her decision to take in an enemy soldier was both understandable and believable. Would Daniel’s background be revealed? What would it mean to Mary and her family?
More than just a love story in the midst of war, it is a spiritual journey of forgiveness and compassion, and the way the characters wrestle with their inner emotions and their spiritual convictions are almost palpable.
If you enjoy historical fiction and Christian romance, I highly recommend this book for you.
Also by this author: Promise of Deer Run (Book Two of the Deer Run Saga)
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