Review of Fields of the Fatherless by Elaine Marie Cooper

It’s 1775 and Betsy is young woman living in Massachusetts. While her mother may be teaching her to sew, she wants to learn how to protect the ones she loves. Because, even though no one will talk about it, Betsy knows a war is brewing with England and she wants to be ready when it finally comes. And she’s hoping that God will be on their side when it does.

What I loved most about this novel was the way that author Elaine Cooper made the setting so real to me. I didn’t feel I was reading about a historical event, I felt I was there experiencing it with Betsy and her family. There’s plenty of action and I was happy to see that Cooper didn’t keep it clean and pretty like most Christian authors do. It is the beginning of the revolution and there is blood. It makes it so much more real.

I admit, though, that the storyline of the characters didn’t really grasp it. I feel like I’ve read this before a few times. I loved the story of the revolution but it could have easily been about anyone else. I do, however, adore the journal entries that start each chapter. They make Betsey more real and make her likeable to the reader.

So, overall, not a bad showing on Cooper’s part. I might have to find more by this author and give her another chance. If you’re into historical fiction, you should definitely pick it up. If you aren’t, get it anyway; you might be surprised. Three and a half muskets out of five!

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