“The Loyalist’s Wife” by Elaine Cougler looks at the American Revolution from the point of view of those loyal to the King. When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives, when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up, ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone, pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon she has.
A descendant of Loyalist settlers herself, the author delighted in researching this book as it coincided with her personal Loyalist history. But the actual impetus came from her grown son: “Mom, you’re in perfect health, you taught English, you’ve already written personal history books for our family, you have the time; if not now, when?” he asked.
The book has received several positive reviews and has an average star rating of 4.0.
“Elaine Cougler has written a page-turning novel of the American Revolution through the eyes of a conflicted loyalist soldier and his indomitable wife. You’ll feel the hardship of homesteading, the fear of the enemy, the blows of battle, and the pain of separation. You’ll be transported through history. This is not just a novel written about another time, it seems written in another time.” writes Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans, and Stephen Leacock medal winner.
“I loved the development of Lucy and John as characters and the suspense that built as the plot went back and forth between their experiences,” says History Buff on Amazon.
“There were many sections of the book where I couldn't stop reading, and that's always the best sign for this reader!” posts Matt on Amazon.
“This story interested me because I had never given thought to "the other side" of the War for Independence, what life must have been like for the men who joined the fight as well as for their families left behind to defend their homes and their freedom,” says Monieca on Amazon.
· ISBN-10: 1490414894
· ISBN-13: 978-1490414898
Purchase Price: Amazon, Soft Cover, Perfect Bound $20.99, Kindle $5.82; Kobo $5.99