Thursday, February 23, 2017
Book Review: The Scarlet Coat + giveaway!
Conflict on every side, and within as well. The sound of musket fire, the acrid smell of smoke—and the putrid smell of blood and death. And within her heart, the cry of compassion for a dying man. A man wearing the uniform of the enemy.
When Rachel Garnet seeks her brother and their father after a British invasion, she is heartbroken to learn her father is already dead. Leaving the valley—the battlefield—with her brother, they hear a cry for help.
A British officer.
Rachel cannot bear to leave him to die in the woods—but what does she risk to have the man in their home. As the man recovers his health, his memory fails him. Who is this man Rachel and her brother have rescued? Who are they harboring within their walls?
As the enemy begins to regain his health, he also struggles to recover his memory. Rachel is drawn to his mild manner and to his knowledge of Scripture. The conflict in her heart takes a dangerous turn as she falls in love with him. Will the conflict get them both killed? Or will their love triumph?
Ms. Couch has portrayed love that takes root in the most unlikely circumstance. She has given us genuine characters that display every emotion, and volley back and forth within those emotions. She has written characters who struggle with the reality of their lives and the brutality of war. I felt Rachel’s heart as she was torn to do her Christian duty to her sworn enemy. And I felt the conflict as her heart stirred toward him. I walked alongside her in 18th century America, felt the strain of daily life, and the constant threat of discovery. A vivid story of faith and compassion and love.
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