Daughter of Liberty Endorsements
Praise for J. M. Hochstetler
"Elizabeth portrays the essence of innocent and faithful daughter to an established Boston family stalwartly supporting the Whig party. All the while, she is passionate for the patriot cause and dons the role of Oriole—elusive rebel spy. Life takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of Captain Jonathan Carleton. He’s magnetic, handsome, and a Redcoat. Elizabeth’s traitorous heart is completely captured . . . a complication she hadn’t counted on, especially when the first shots ring out in Lexington and Concord.
"More than just her heart is at stake during the first skirmish of the Revolutionary War. The lives of many depend on Elizabeth. But has she truly learned to wait on God’s will, or rush ahead in her own power to save the day?
"J. M. Hochstetler’s story delivers to the reader not only a page turner, but a wealth of education about the beginnings of the War for Independence."
"J. M. Hochstetler tells the story of Daughter of Liberty in a style I love. She takes fictional characters and sets them at critical moments in history to describe events through their eyes. Daughter of Liberty sets Elizabeth and Jonathan into the middle of the battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill. I now know more about those first battles of the American Revolution than I ever learned in history class.
"I’ve long believed that history in school should be taught through fiction. Instead, history is taught with the dry textbook style of memorizing dates, places, and names—something guaranteed to suck all the fun out of it. Great historical moments are always fraught with tension, life and death, heroism, sacrifice and passion. A novel can catch all of the natural drama while still delivering the facts. Daughter of Liberty is the first in a series of novels by Hochstetler about the Revolution. I can’t wait for more."
—Mary Connealy, Christian Book Previews.com
"J. M. Hochstetler has written an exciting, informative story about what our founding mothers and fathers endured so that we might live in a free country. The early days of the American Revolution are brought to life through the eyes of patriot spy Elizabeth Howard and the man she must not love, Captain Jonathan Carleton of the British Light Dragoons. As both face life and death situations, their courage is tested time and again. Choosing love of country over their own hearts’ longings, each faces an even more powerful, more personal struggle to find God’s will in the midst of the escalating war.
"This is an exceptional book. I read the last 150 pages in one sitting. Heart racing, tears falling, I suffered the anguish and indecision that Elizabeth and Jonathan experienced.
"Hochstetler has created a magnificent, well-crafted story that will endure with the classics because she did not fall into the weak folly of so many modern writers - that of forcing today’s values and ideas into a time in which they did not exist. To read Daughter of Liberty is to live in 1775 and to experience the spirit that made our country great. Read this book for pleasure, but don’t be surprised when you receive an awesome history lesson that brings you an appreciation of the United States of America in a deep, new way."
—Louise M. Gouge, author of Love Thine Enemy
"Daughter of Liberty is the best historical novel I’ve read since I can’t remember when. Besides the smooth-flowing style and pacing that simply carries the reader from one page to the next, the characters are people who rise from the page. Even the secondary characters have personal issues, conflicts, human desires, and fears and resentments."
"Real people and events are woven seamlessly into the story. The real events of 1775 Boston are integral to the plot and the actions of the characters, yet these details are so much a part of the characters’ everyday life and goals that they don’t stick out. It’s the kind of historical novel I love to read and find too few to read. That it is Christian fiction makes it all that much better."
—Laurie Alice Eakes, author of Better than Gold
"The suspense in the opening scene of Daughter of Liberty had me holding my breath and kept me enthralled right up to the last page. The book packs mystery, action, romance, and intrigue into one powerful story that is sure to please. Add this one to your summer reading list!"
—Lisa Tuttle, Write On! Newsletter
"Daughter of Liberty is an intriguing book which tells the story of life in the Boston area right before the start of the Revolutionary War. Lovers of history and war battles are sure to enjoy this exciting book. It is rich in vivid detail, and interesting and intriguing. For those who prefer more of a historical romance, you may feel a bit bogged down at times by all the war talk and fighting, but Elizabeth and Jonathon’s engaging story is sure to keep you turning the pages. There’s conflict galore as both young people are deeply attracted to the other, but feel their loyalty to their cause is more important than romance. Still, the heart is mighty powerful. Can a redcoat and a patriot find love during the Revolutionary War?"
—Vickie McDonough, Dancing Word and Wordsmith Shoppe Reviews
"I love historicals and a great romance. A good combination of both is a rare find. The story of Elizabeth and Carleton’s budding relationship will make you laugh and cry. Daughter of Liberty was a very satisfying read, but now I’m hopelessly addicted. I will be first in line for the sequel."
—Michelle Sutton , author of the Second Glances Series
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