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
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