Hello everyone! For some reason, it feels like it’s been forever since I did a Book Review! And I’m so excited to share this one with you! I recently borrowed this book from the library and let me tell you, it was a bumpy ride!
Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
(From the Back Cover)
Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery Medalist.
In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army. Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause. Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in the home of General Clinton, the supreme commander of the British forces in America. Through her work she becomes aware that someone in the American army might be switching sides, and she uncovers a plot that will grievously damage the Americans if it succeeds. But the identity of the would-be traitor is so shocking that no one believes her, and so Sophia decides to stop the treacherous plot herself, at great personal peril: She’s young, she’s a girl, and she’s running out of time. And if she fails, she’s facing an execution of her own.
Master storyteller Avi shows exactly how personal politics can be in this “nail-biting thriller” (Publishers Weekly) that is rich in historical detail and rife with action.
In case you haven’t figured it out, I am intrigued by war time espionage, especially if it’s from the War Between the States, the Revolution or World War Two. Would I want to be a spy? Absolutely not! 😉 now if I had been a man, definitely! (Thank God He created me to be a woman!) This story covers the tale of Sophia Calderwood a young lady growing up in Colonial New York. It was an enthralling read! Seeing her be instrumental in capturing one of my least favorite villains in history was satisfying and while she is the heroine, I didn’t feel that this story undermined men like most female protagonists do. I didn’t like the way she thought of one of the final proponents of the historic event, but even so, she handled herself as a lady and didn’t sass him, even though she was concerned.
Things to keep in mind:
Sophia is 12 at the beginning of the story and 15 at it’s end. Today, her actions are unthinkable for a child of that age, but at this time, she is considered nearly an adult and as an adult, respectively.
There is a mention of her liking Major John Andre. What I liked about this is how her mother wisely warns her about him and how she herself asserts that she was too young and extremely foolish to let her head run away with her. And while she has to live with the mistake of giving away a peace of her heart, this book is not a romance in the least! I was pleasantly surprised at how the story was handled.
My main problem with this story is deception. I understand that she is a spy, and some deem it necessary to lie. I personally felt much of it wasn’t and do not condone lying under any circumstances. It is still a sin.
The historical detail was amazing! And the historical note in the back proved the perfect ending to this story told in first person Point of View (POV). And just warning you, for the first part of the story, if you are easily touched by the plights of POWs…you will need tissues. It is heart-wrenching, but brings to life the often forgotten victims of the Revolution, the POW and the citizen living in an occupied city. Life has to go on, but how does a Patriot pick up the pieces when their home is in the hands of the enemy? Read this book to find out.
This was a library book and if it were mine, I believe there were 2 or 3 words I would have marked. I would recommend this story for ages 14+.
Have a Blessed Day!
Hello and welcome back to Life of Heritage Corner! It’s hard to believe February is already over! Today, I’d like to share with you some of my February favorites. Let’s Dive in!
My February Favorites…
Event: Going ice skating with my family for the very first time! Banged up my elbow and my knee, but it was still an exciting experience!
Song: I have been listening to a lot of Patch the Pirate this month! I must say my favorite song so far is God of Wonders from Time Twisters (2017). It covers the wonders of God from the Bible, like Creation, The Flood, Egypt’s Plagues and the Lions’ Den to name a few. The orchestration adds so much to the song and truly allows you to get lost in the Greatness of our God!
Snack: Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies! We love these and my siblings enjoy making them with me when they can. Their favorite part is sifting the flour. (I like that part too 😉)
Verse: Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. (Hosea 6:1, King James Bible) I love Jude 22, but this month, this verse really stood out to me. It was the heading verse from a devotional book, Revival Time by John Goetsch and Nathan Birt. (It’s a great book, btw!) It’s so encouraging to know that God is standing by, ready to forgive when we fail Him, ready to heal our wounds and get us back on the right path. And what a joy to know that this promise holds true for our nation as well! We can have revival, if only the people of God will humble ourselves, and pray, seeking His face and turn from our wicked ways! There is hope! (II Chronicles 7:14)
Book of the Month: The Swamp Fox of the Revolution by Stewart H. Holbrook. It was a very interesting book about one of my favorite Patriot Heroes! I came across it at our local library, and loving older books, I had to check it out 😉 So glad I did!
Now, for those of you who don’t know, my family represents the Fundamental Broadcasting Network (FBN Radio). We are an Independent Baptist ministry out of Grace Baptist Church in Newport, N.C. (click here to see our website!) We have over 40 stations around the country, in addition to 12 overseas stations (including Bagdad, Iraq)! By way of app and Internet, we have heard from 225 countries and territories to date! There are still about 13 places we haven’t been able to reach yet, but we are praying that will change soon.
Why am I telling you this?
Well, I don’t know the names of all the countries we haven’t reached, but I do know one of them: North Korea. Currently, it is impossible to reach them with FBN, because they have a closed server that is closely monitored.
I want to encourage you to join me in praying for this nation to be reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, if not through FBN (which would be great!), then through some other outlet. This has been a burden on my heart for the last couple of years. They need the gospel and the Christians in their country need encouragement. Will you pray for them today?
I have completed my physical round of edits and am currently making all those changes on my digital copy! It’s coming together quite nicely, and I appreciate your prayers and encouragement! It means a lot to me! Hopefully, I’ll be able to start team-edits with my mom this month!
A Book I am Anticipating for March:
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I know…I love WWII and it’s embarrassing to say I have yet to read this book. But I finally have decided to read it. I know it’s going to be a hard read, but I look forward to hearing Corrie and Betsie’s story in full. (Today is the 75th Anniversary of their arrest.)
And Now for your Story Prompts!
I’ll see you next month! God Bless!
Hello and welcome to a bonus post! (Post 6, but who’s counting?...) Today is a collaboration of sorts. Rebekah Morris at Read Another Page is hosting a reading challenge, so I thought I’d join in! But I also agreed to review a book from Stellae Books and today is the due date. So, I thought I’d combine efforts and post both reviews here, plus use my Stellae book towards the challenge! So, here we go…
Dawn of Liberty by Amber Schamel
Christian. American. Southern. Author.