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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GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US/Canada)
I have one copy of The Loyalist’s Wife by Elaine Cougler to share with my readers. To enter…
- Leave a comment for 1 entry into the giveaway.
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This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on November 2/13. Good luck!
Source: My own personal copy. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.
Maxie Anderson says
Thanks for this give-away of Elaine’s book. I love reading about the Pioneer days. Boy, those people were very brave to travel so far away to build a home on their own land. People had to be very strong to survive. And, couldn’t imagine anyone leaving a lone woman way out in no-where all alone in dangerous times and no folks near and no phones or other modern things to help her. Very scary. I really want to read this story. Please enter me for a chance to win this book. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com
I just heard about this one earlier this week. I’m not sure I’ve read much 1700’s fiction so this may be a first for me. Thanks for the chance to win!
Nancy Morgan says
Historical fiction based on pioneer life in the Americas is my absolute favourite!
This sounds like a great addition.
Thank you for the give away
Sounds like a good book to add to reading list.
This book sounds fascinating and unforgettable.thanks for this great giveaway.
Judie McDonald says
Sounds like an interesting start to a new series.
Very interesting and unique. Thanks for this chance.
Can’t wait to read it!
This looks like an intriguing story with some interesting historical background. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Kim Cree says
This book sounds fantastic!! Thanks for the giveaway!
I shared on Twitter.
Elaine Cougler says
Darlene, thanks so much for your kind review of The Loyalist’s Wife. And I am very appreciative of all the lovely readers who want to read about John and Lucy. I am subscribed to this blog and always enjoy your upbeat comments as well as the long list of excellent books to read. Well done!
Thanks for the giveaway. I have heard good things about this book.
I have also tweeted @Readingwithme
Sounds like a really great read. Thanks for the giveaway!
KATHLEEN BIANCHI says
This is one of my favorite time periods to read about in American history. This looks like a completely different type of book than I usually read. I usually don’t read about being on the side of the Red Coats.
The Loyalist’s Wife by Elaine Cougler & Giveaway (US/Canada)
Lisa @Books in the Burbs says
I absolutely love sequels and trilogies, so this is right up my alley. Couple it with Pioneer life and some romance, and it just sounds like a great storyline to follow. You are so generous to offer your personal copy as a giveaway! Thanks for this!!
I’m sharing on Twitter!!
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Sandra Furlotte says
I love historical fiction and this is such a vivid period in history.
Sounds interesting 😀 I wanna know if she makes it, and him to
Diane Castiglione says
Thesounds like a wonderful read.
Would love to read this.
I did post this to Facebook and tweeted this.
Thank you for your review.
Sounds perfect for me.email folliwer firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rita Wray says
Sounds like a good read.
Diana Silva says
Linked this on my blog today.
Thank you for the chance to win this book. It sounds interesting to me
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Nancy Luebke says
The Little I’ve seen of NY, it’s hard to think of the wild’s of NY. Thanks for this opportunity.
Denise Duvall says
I tweeted. 7:39 PM – 18 Oct 13
Meghan Stith says
Ooo… this looks great!
I tweeted as well: https://twitter.com/MeghanStith/status/391394646812672000
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Melanie Backus says
This sounds like a good one. Keeping my fingers crossed !
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Michelle James says
I love books about pioneer life. Whenever we drive across mountains or densely forested areas, I am amazed that people could actually cross these areas on foot, on horseback, or in wagons. Pioneers must have been made of true grit. This book seems like a wonderful read with the promise of more to come.
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Wanda Beaver says
This looks like a great read and historical fiction is my favorite genre. Hope I’m lucky!
I, too, am fascinated by the difficult lives of pioneers form the past. Thank you for hosting this terrific giveaway. I’ll post it in my blog’s sidebar.
This sounds good and I agree, the pioneer life was a fascinating time period.
I really like to read books featuring pioneers as well but it has been a REALLY long time since I’ve read one! This books sounds really good and I’m adding it to the neverending TBR!
Lisa Garrett says
When I read stories such as this, I am truly amazed at the perseverance of our ancestors.
Terry Martini says
This book sounds wonderful. I love reading books about American Pioneers and how they survived in the wilderness without much civilization nearby. I have added this book to my TBR list.
Maxie Anderson says
I forgot to mention that I shared this on my Facebook page to try to get my family and friends join you in this great give-away. Thanks for another entry. Sure hope i will be lucky and have my name picked.
Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says
I haven’t read much historical fiction set during this era, but it sounds really well done. Great review!
Lara Frame Newell says
I just heard about this one the other day and it sounds great! Thanks for the great review and the chance to win!
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Thank you for a chance to win this novel!
Diana Silva says
heard great things about this story
Anita Yancey says
Great review! It sounds like an interesting story, but a very hard life. I would love to read it. Thanks for having the giveaway.
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Shared on Facebook as Anita Yancey.
Hanna McArdle says
Wow, you sold me on this one. I am a notorious cover judger and would probably not have been particularly wowed by this one. Your review definitely made me add it to my TBR list.