The sacrifices made by many to fight wars that they feel will benefit this country has been going on for hundreds of years. In America’s Daughter, we meet people who are not only affected by war, but also those on the other side who eventually find themselves separated from family because of which side they fall onto are portrayed.
Addie Valencourt is one who believes in the Patriot’s cause. After witnessing the Boston Tea Party and realizing her life and that of her family are going to be irrevocably changed, she aligns herself with her twin brother Ad and Silas, who eventually becomes her paramour. Her father is a Tory, one who believes in George’s kingly right, so for a time, Addie keeps her feeling to herself. However, when the British seize and close Boston, she no longer disguises her feelings and alerts her father that she and her brothers believe in the Patriot cause. The brothers head off to fight and Addie and her remaining family is left to wonder and worry about the brothers and Silas’s fate. Although her father is quite unhappy with Addie and her brothers’s choice, he is gracious and loves his children. Later he will be forced to make a decision that will impact their lives greatly. It is trying times for all, but as the Patriots become more resolute, the drama of the emerging nation that will one day be America materializes.
The characters in this book are noble, both sides show qualities that are high minded, gracious, and humane. As the deaths pile up, Addie loses her friend to another scourge of the war, smallpox. The ravages of war take many forms and as Addie’s family helps by taking in the wounded, she treats both sides of the battle soldiers with care and compassion, thinking always how her life has changed and praying for the safe return of her brothers and her beloved, Silas.
The truth of war is never pretty, there is death on both sides, and the author, Celeste De Blasis did a fine job of portraying that aspect. It is a story that has often been told, the sacrifices that were once made and the many who willingly laid down their lives so that, we could be free. Once again, I am mot grateful for what they did and accomplished up against the mightiest force of the time.
Millions of readers have fallen under the spell of the lush, enthralling and bestselling novels by Celeste De Blasis. Tales of adventure and romance set against the sweep of history—all are storytelling at its finest. After graduating from Pomona College, Celeste devoted her life to impeccable research and spellbinding writing. A native Californian, Celeste grew up on the historic Kemper Campbell Ranch in the Mojave Desert, where she lived until her death in 2001