Title: Fields of the Fatherless (Based on a True Story)
Author: Elaine Marie Cooper
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
My rating is 5 stars.
While the novel may be considered one for the YA audience, let me tell you adults will really be enthralled with reading about the time of 1775. The Revolutionary War is the setting of the tale and each chapter begins with a quote from the journal of the real Betsy Russell! The book has won awards and is a great way to teach, remind and encourage readers of all ages to remember the cost of freedom.
However, it goes deeper than that. Betsy is a woman of faith who finds herself immersed in the brutality of fighting between the Minutemen and the British. When her faith is tested due to heartbreak followed by being asked to render aid to the enemy, Betsy must decide if she will live out her faith with deeds. The cost of rendering aid to the enemy might brand her as a Tory, but that is not what concerns Betsy the most as readers will discover.
Novels such as these remind us where our nation began and how it brought freedom with such a high cost. We are reminded that without God we can endure trials but don’t see other people as God sees and loves them. Furthermore, the novel reminds all that people took a stand for God in their times of fiery trials for our nation. Can we not but do the same?
I highly recommend spending a few hours getting lost in the tale then learning about the real woman and the mark her family left that can still be seen today!
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