This story takes place during the American Revolution just outside of Philadelphia. Clara was raised a city girl but when her husband decides to move them out of the city to the family farm she has no option but to adjust. The war starts and her husband enlists leaving her to manage the farm with just her female companion and her young son. They struggle to maintain the farm and their quality of life, especially after a stranger turns up injured on their property. They are forced by their very Christian nature to nurse him back to health. Clara finds in him a kindness and connection she’s never had with her husband. As the war rages on she wonders what will happen when her husband comes home.
Let me start by saying generally I do not choose books that focus on infidelity as a theme. The fact that Clara was enamored with a stranger while her husband was all fighting for our country‘s freedom did not ingratiate her to me initially. I understand the strain she was under and the fact that the life she was living was not the one she would have chosen for herself. Also the strains of war would quite often change a person. I did admire her courage to survive and thrive for her son.
What did draw me to this book was the historical aspects. I really liked a book that touched upon the revolution without it being a sole focus. Hearing about farm life and barter and communications of the time was all very interesting. I also really liked her truth of the societal and ethnic classifications as portrayed. What people were taught to think and the reality were always quite different. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to Kate Rock Book Tours for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.
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