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Schoolmaster's Daughter, The [Hardcover]

John Smolens

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Aug. 23 2011
From the author of The Anarchist and Cold-a gripping historical novel set during the American Revolution. With the outbreak of the American revolution, Abigail Lovell's family is torn apart-while her schoolmaster father is an outspoken loyalist and prominent figurehead in the community, she and her two brothers engage in acts of espionage to undermine the British forces in Boston. Her sickly older brother, James, operates the patriots' spy ring while Abigail acts as a courier, eluding increasingly aggressive British patrols. Meanwhile, her younger brother, Benjamin, slips out of Boston to fight alongside Abigail's love, Ezra, in the battles at Lexington and Concord. With the help of her friend, Rachel revere, Abigail smuggles money and supplies out to Benjamin, Ezra, and other revolutionaries. But when a British sergeant is found murdered, Abigail stands accused, and she now must fight to save herself and those she loves. in the tradition of Sally Gunning's Bound and Diana Gabaldon's An Echo in the Bone, The Schoolmaster's Daughter is the story of a family torn asunder-and of a determined young woman who must make courageous decisions if she is to aid in liberating her country.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books; 1 edition (Aug. 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605982520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605982526
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,035,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in to early American History. Jan. 20 2012
By CelticWomanFanPiano - Published on Amazon.com
This book is set during the early days of the Patriot movement in Boston. The Schoolmaster of the Latin School in Boston, which was a prominent school in the town, is loyal to the crown of England. But his children are all involved in the Colonial American Revolutionary movement in some fashion or another. So there is much conflict in the family, some members drink the tea at dinner time while others refuse. Abigail is the Schoolmaster's intelligent and independently minded daughter who also draws a lot of attention from the men in the city, royalist or American. She becomes involved in the movement through her younger brother who is a runner for the movement and eventually she is able to serve as a decoy for the British Colonel at a pivotal time for the Patriots. The author does an incredible job of drawing the reader into the time period and setting. If one has ever been to Boston and taken one of their historical tours so many of the places will be familiar and come alive such as Fanueil Hall. In school one learns about the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre, but one doesn't get a feel for what it was like for the residents to live in a city occupied by enemy soldiers. The true value of this book, in my opinion, is that the author really makes the reader feel all the trials and tribulations that the Bostonians went through. I wasn't too terribly fond of the love stories in the book, they happened rather sudden and weren't really all that genuine seeming. And I was rather stunned at the sheer quantity of proofreading errors that I came across. I checked this book out of the library so it wasn't an advance copy or anything like that, but I have received advance copies that had fewer typos and the like than this book did. However, none of that detracts from the overall story which immediately draws one in with the excitement of the Patriot movement from the very beginning.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok Jan. 11 2013
By Debra Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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While I enjoyed the intimate look at Boston before and during the war, I ultimately didn't find this book very believable. While I enjoyed the story's protagonist, she seemed too liberated and twenty-first century than I found credible. She had the freedom to run around a soldier-occupied town at all hours of the day and night and seemed a little too free and easy with her body (as did the other female characters). I just couldn't get into the story with such a jarring representation of my era set into the time of the Revolutionary War.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Thriller Oct. 15 2011
By Kathleen Greer, Duxbury MA - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best yet of John Smolen's work, though I loved the Invisible Man. Schoolmaster's Daughter captures a specific time in Boston history that I could barely imagine. Now I have a vivid image of what life may have been like leading up to the Battle of Bunker Hill. Engaging, insightful, and impossible to put down!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treat. Dec 2 2013
By Renee Rossiter - Published on Amazon.com
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It's just really good.

It's also a good refresher on American history.

For compelling fiction, it's a winner. Very interesting but you can put it down and go to sleep too!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great story Nov. 8 2013
By Isabel Morales Isabel morales - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great story about The American Revolution in a novel form. I love historical novel and this prove one I enjoyed very much, you have male and females heroes. A family divided, the children are fighting to free Boston of the Red Coats, while their parents are loyalist. A love story too. This could be a great movie too.

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