Title: Legacy of Deer Run
Author: Elaine Marie Cooper
Year: 2012, 2016
My rating is 4 stars.
This is the third and final book in the Deer Run Series. This story centers on Daniel Lowe, Sr., his son Daniel Lowe, Jr. and his daughter Polly Lowe. There are some other minor storylines as well, but these three are the main ones. The year is 1800, and there is still fear that England will retaliate for their loss in 1776, so the armory in Springfield, Massachusetts is operating at full capacity. There is also a shaky relationship with France to take into consideration as well.
Dan Jr. or Danny has left Deer Run to work in the armory in Springfield. He overhears two men talking in what he thinks is French, so he reports this to his supervisor. Unfortunately, it is dark outside when he makes this discovery and that conceals the identity of the two men. Soon after accidents begin happening, putting Dan Jr. in the line of fire. He also has made the acquaintance of the lovely Susannah Dobbins, who is the daughter of a local merchant newly moved to the area. Dan Jr. doesn’t think she will take a second look at him due to their differences in social status.
Polly Lowe has fallen in love. Unfortunately, the man is the son of her father’s bitter enemy and her father forbids her from continuing the relationship. She rebels, but soon the man leaves the area, taking Polly’s heart along with him and leaving Polly in dire straits. Dan Sr. is convicted of his bitterness and begs forgiveness from his enemy and his daughter. However, Polly’s situation causes a rift in the community and her heart still longs for her love. Dan Jr. has an idea to solve the situation, so his plan is put into action. But has his plan, if successful, been implemented too late?
There were a couple of instances that were a little too “earthy”, as the author calls some of the more physical aspects of the story, for me, but otherwise I enjoyed the story. I liked reading about this time in history and how the people dressed, talked, worked and survived in a sometimes very harsh environment with not many, if any, conveniences. They had to work very hard every day. I know I would not have made a good colonial woman! I treasured the respect and protectiveness the men had for the women in their lives. I also liked the big families in the story and how they managed and interacted with one another. I hope Ms. Cooper continues to write books set in this time period as I will be sure to read them!