Book Review & Giveaway: Peter’s Angel

Peter's Angel*Giveaway Closed*
I’m still savoring this book by reading it out loud to my mom and brother. After finding the title on Homeschool Authors and reading the sample on my kindle, I asked for Peter’s Angel for Christmas and got it! I was blown away by how interesting and well written it was. But, before we get to the review, let me do my spiel about the giveaway. Author Aubrey Hansen has kindly agreed to give a copy of Peter’s Angel to one lucky blog reader. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below.* As I mentioned, the book is really good, so you might as well go do that now. 😉 The winner will be announced Thursday, January 31st. Okay, now for the review.

The rain drowned out the sounds of battle. Peter had heard cannon fire that morning, he was sure of it. His mother hoped it was just thunder signaling the oncoming storm, but Peter knew it was battle approaching. The Redcoats were close, and getting closer.

At the beginning of this book, political relations are tense. Gold has been discovered in the patriot state of Rhode Island and the ruler of New Britain wants it. His decisions have a radical impact on both the political and personal level. Peter Jameson, son of Rhode Island’s governor, wants nothing more than to protect his nation state. Mark Barrett, an outwardly cold man, struggles to protect those he cares for. Nathan, born Kennard William Conrad Beonred II, is rightful heir to the throne of New Britain but is desperate to remain incognito in Rhode Island. Edwin Kearney, son of a poor farmer, clings to what little hope is left him well all that is familiar is yanked away. How will these young men weather the coming storms life will bring them?

When I came to the last page of this book, I was rather sad to find it over. Many story lines remain open, ready to be picked up in book two, Peter’s Ally. I’ll be first in line for a copy when the author publishes it. Because of a few references to a romance gone bad, I wouldn’t recommend this for younger children, but teens and adults will definitely enjoy this book. It is important to know that Peter’s Angel an alternate history. The book explores the question “what would have happened if Britain won the War for Independence.” If you’re puzzling over my references to New Britain and Rhode Island, that’s the explanation. Anyway, I definitely recommend this story and I’m looking forward to seeing who wins the giveaway.

Author: Aubrey Hansen
Audience: YA and Adults
Genre: Alternative History
Pages: 333
Publisher: Self-Published

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*Due to shipping costs, this book can only be mailed within the United States.

Author Interview: Anna Myers

Happy 4th of July! When I asked Anna Myers to do a interview on this day, I wasn’t thinking about it being Independence Day. It is really quite appropriate, though. Anna’s book, Spy!, which I reviewed last Friday is about Nathan Hale, a great patriot who gave his life for our country.

What made you decide to write Spy?
I happened to be discussing history with a young man named Nathan when I learned he had no knowledge of Nathan Hale. After the conversation, I did a little research and discovered how young he was when he died and that he had been a teacher. The story began to form in my mind almost immediately.

What gave you the inspiration for Jonah and his side of the story?
After I leaned that Hale was a teacher, a boy from his class just seemed natural. I listened to songs from that time period and that part of the country. Several of the songs were about whaling and the back story about Jonah’s father began to grow. Music always helps my imagination work.

What message would you like readers to take away from this book?
I always want my readers to realize that history is made by real people, and I want them to feel connected to the past. In this particular story, I also hoped that they would see the British side of the conflict also.

Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
When I write a story, the characters become very real to me even the ones that are totally fiction. I once had my hand on a Christmas gift I intended to buy for a character in the book on which I was writing. It was a book about marble collecting, and the character had a marble collection. Nathan Hale was buried in New York. No one knows exactly where. Now when I walk the streets of that city, I often wonder if he is buried beneath my feet.

Thanks so much for the interview, Anna!

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Book Review: Spy!

The young man looked down from the cart at the people in front of him. Jonah felt his teacher’s eyes meet his own, and for a fraction of a second a smile played on the prisoner’s lips. Then he glanced toward heaven and spoke. “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Twelve year old Jonah has an obligation to remain loyal to the King of England, but it’s hard to be a loyalist in 1774. The fact that his beloved school teacher is leaning toward the rebels doesn’t make matters easier for Jonah. For a time he determines to remain neutral, but eventually he will have to make up his mind. What impact will his decision make?

I highly recommend this book. I was crying my eyes out by page six and read the book as much with my heart as my eyes. If you read Spy!, you’ll finish it feeling like you were personally acquainted with Nathan Hale. As John Adams once said,

Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.

Author: Anna Myers
Audience: 9 and up
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 211
Publisher: Walker Publishing Company

Join me on Wednesday for an interview with author Anna Myers.

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