The Loyalist’s Wife by Elaine Cougler is the first in a trilogy and if this novel is any indication of the ones to come then readers are sure in for a treat. Elaine’s storytelling ability is fantastic! She drew me into this novel right off the beginning and I found I could not put it down. The Loyalist’s Wife is about the struggles, perseverance, and courage of the pioneers back in the 1700’s telling a tale of the love, loyalty, and will they had to hope for a better future.
John and Lucy are pioneers in the wilds of New York State. They are young and have left all they know behind to start a new life and all is going well until John decides to join the Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King. Lucy is angry and hurt as she is going to be left alone on their farm which is very isolated where she will have to take care of all the chores, animals, and worse yet try to protect herself somehow. She has trouble understanding how John can even think of leaving her there alone but that is exactly what he does. It isn’t long before Lucy realizes she is pregnant and that raises the stakes even more for her especially as men begin to travel the countryside looking for land that they can steal and they have no issues with killing to get it. Lucy must protect herself and their land at all costs.
Meanwhile John is off fighting with the Butler’s Rangers and regretting his decision to leave Lucy alone on the farm. He wonders if she is safe and managing to handle the farm on her own. However he has to concentrate on keeping himself alive so that he can get back home to her. As the war escalates things for Lucy are becoming increasingly dangerous and she and her father decide to leave the farm and head to where John is stationed. The journey is hard especially with a baby and before long it becomes extremely harrowing and Lucy is left wondering if she will even live to see John again.
I’m always drawn to books about the pioneer life as it’s fascinating to look back at that time in our history. The author’s vivid descriptions of the hardships that the people suffered made me thankful for my life today. Many women were left alone when their men went off to war – left alone in desolate places where your nearest neighbor was miles away. They dealt daily with hard work and the fear of having evil men stop at their farms and take advantage of them. The Loyalist’s Wife was a great read and I can’t wait for the second one in the trilogy. Full of great characters that I came to truly care about and an interesting time in history The Loyalist’s Wife is a must read for historical fiction fans!
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