Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Book Launch - Fields of the Fatherless by Elaine Marie Cooper

Today is the release date for Fields of the Fatherless, by my fellow
Novel PASTimes contributor, Elaine Cooper. Read more below
about the award winning author and her latest historical novel:

Novelist Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of The Road to Deer Run, The Promise of Deer Run and The Legacy of Deer Run. Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels. Fields of the Fatherless releases October 2013. Visit her website at: http://www.elainemariecooper.com


Sometimes the greatest stories of bravery and sacrifice are hidden from the history books. Sometimes those stories need to be told.

In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by the British troops.

Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land—yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take the Russells’ land as well?

Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems almost a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family—his wife, children and grandchildren—and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst.

But not even the American militia could have predicted what was about to occur—right on the Russells’ doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered? (Based on a true story.) 

What are others saying about Fields of the Fatherless:

This is more than a story of the tragedy of war; it is a story of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness. FIELDS OF THE FATHERLESS is both gritty and tender. I was intrigued by young Betsy Russell’s story, struck by its intensity, and found myself unable to put it down. This is not just a tale of loss and sorrow; it will also inspire and leave you feeling glad you read it.” — Janet Grunst

“Fields of the Fatherless is more than just a novel, it's a history book inside of a novel. It's engaging, inspiring, and educational… With all of its twists and turns and unforgettable characters, you will not be disappointed. I expected nothing less from this award-winning author, and she did not disappoint!"
   Author Jessica Zondervan

“Without the gruesome visual of battle depicted in Saving Private Ryan, Ms. Cooper gives just enough description to allow the reader to imagine on his own the ravages of war. Chilling in reality, Fields of the Fatherless precisely conveys the devastating effects of war on both sides and how, as humans, we must band together to protect what is most precious--life. As you cheer, weep, cringe, pray and even learn, you'll come away from this novel with the same feeling as I did--Wow!”     — Julie Lence

Fields of the Fatherless is an engaging fictionalized retelling of a true historical event. The author skillfully wove the facts together with her characters giving the story a richness many historical reenactments lack… We are given glimpse into the heart of man, the goodness and the ugliness on both sides of the battle. I've read many fictionalized biographies—and this one is right up there with the best. I highly recommend it.
                         — Author April McGowan

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