Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Review: America's Daughter by Celeste De Blasis

America's Daughter
by Celeste De Blasis

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 221
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  With Washington’s army, she joined America’s fight for independence…

The night that Addie Valencourt sneaks out to witness the Boston Tea Party, she knows that her world is about to change forever. Soon, the glittering summers in rural Virginia with her cousins and the plush prosperity of her father’s home in Boston are eclipsed by the fight for American independence.

When the British forces lay siege to Boston, Addie’s family is torn in two. Her brothers and her childhood sweetheart Silas leave to become aides to General Washington alongside Alexander Hamilton, while Addie’s English-born, Loyalist father welcomes the British into his home. Just as Addie takes the painful decision to join the fight, she meets enigmatic Scottish Highlander John Traverne. But he’s on the side of the English king, so Addie will not give in to the spark between them.

As the bitter war continues, Addie’s life becomes increasingly bound with the fate of America. When Silas is captured by the British, Addie risks all to search for him, but venturing into enemy territory brings her face to face with her Highlander again, and she must make an impossible choice between love, or the future of her nation…

Kritters Thoughts:  Addie Valencourt is one half of a set of twins and a part of a large family due to her father on his third wife, due to many tragedies.  Her and her siblings are living in Boston on the cusp of the Revolutionary War and they are on opposing sides from their father and their surrounding neighbors.

it was interesting to see this family being torn apart by this war as in my history lessons it was often conveyed how much the Civil War tore families apart, so it was surprising to me that families ended up on both sides of this war also.  And forgive me for not thinking deeply about the Revolutionary War but it also was interesting to read that some colonials felt as though Britain was basically occupying them and setting taxes and rules to benefit themselves and not the Americas.  When you read historical fiction often, you can feel this sense of occupation when reading a World War II book set in France or England, but to read about the United States and get that occupied feeling was unique and I enjoyed reading that.  

I like to share to readers, especially when it feels a little out of the blue, but this book has a sex scene and it was semi open door and while I understand for the characters why it was included and where, but for me as a reader, it just felt out of place and I didn't feel as though the whole thing was needed to complete the story.  

I am excited that this is book one in a series and I can't wait to follow Addie and her siblings on future adventures.     

If you like this book, a great companion would be a young adult book - Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi.  Both books take great looks at both sides of the revolutionary war and this felt unique and special.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 45 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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