Could it be that Carleton had come into her life for some purpose she couldn’t yet fathom? Did God mean to test them – or to mock them? If there was a purpose in the events of the last month, in the horror of war and broken bodies and agonizing death, it was beyond her comprehension. Equally incomprehensible was what possible good could come of her falling in love with a man whose duty and allegiance made him her enemy and must tear them apart from each other.
Book: Daughter of Liberty (The American Patriot Series, Book 1) by J. M. Hochstetler, Zondervan Publishers, 2004
Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 16+
Subjects: American Revolution, Family Relationships, Dating Relationships, War, Forgiveness
Summary: Late a night, the Oriole sneaks in, does the damage and away it flies. The next morning the British are furious and vows to catch this spy are renewed. But Elizabeth Howard isn’t afraid. Her cause is just and she knows what she’s doing and above all – no one would suspect the beautiful daughter of a prominent loyalist couple to be the Oriole. Everyone knows she shares her parents’ political views. At least, they did. Until the day he came to town. Carleton is a member of the British army and that makes him her enemy. But her heart refuses to listen to her and soon Elizabeth is head over heels in love with the man whose goal is to find and put a stop to the Oriole.
Notes: Set at the beginning of the American Revolution, Daughter of Liberty shows a young woman who doesn’t share the same political views as her parents or the man she loves. It also shows a young man struggling with his role in the war as well as his relationship with God. He believes the sins of his past to be too great to be forgivable by God. It shows two people truly loving one another – to the point of risking their lives for one another and encouraging one another to draw closer to God. It’s definitely an adventure book with action and suspense being the focus, but the spiritual elements that are there are well done.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4/5
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.