“The Loyalist’s Wife” is set during the War for Independence, but with a unique viewpoint, the Loyalists. Most writers that write about this era shy away from this viewpoint, but not Elaine Cougler.
“The Loyalist’s Wife” follows the pioneers John and Lucy Garner, who have settled in Upstate New York. John is called to duty as a British soldier, and has to leave Lucy to run the homestead herself. But with the heavy physical and emotional labor, a baby on the way, and strange visitors, can she really handle it all? And John, who is fighting as a Butler’s Ranger, will have to survive numerous times when accidentally left behind. As both lose hope that each other are alive, we see their paths cross and then move away from each other, always seeming to be so close, but too far. Can the Garners be reunited, or will this war, as it has so many others, tear them apart?
This book was excellent. I enjoyed the unique viewpoint put forward by this book. This story documents well the hardships of war and homestead in the Colonies, and the heartbreak, grief, and guilt. It captures an era as if the author lived the events. “The Loyalist’s Wife” also includes a character who is a major part of my family’s heritage, Joseph Brant, who will be a major character in the conclusion of my own trilogy (See My Spectemur Agendo Trilogy.) Overall, this book is a whole new look at arguably the most important time in human history, shows how the revolution of one nation helped set the groundwork for another, and accurately displays the human cost of war.
(This book is Book 1 in “The Loyalist Trilogy”. Book 2 comes out this year, 2014.)
(Elaine Cougler- Author of “The Loyalist’s Wife”)
A native of Southern Ontario, Elaine taught high school and with her husband raised 2 children until she finally had time to pursue her writing career. She loves to research both family history and history in general for the stories of real people that emanate from the dusty pages. These days writing is Elaine’s pleasure and her obsession. Telling the stories of Loyalists caught in the American Revolutionary War is very natural as her personal roots are thoroughly enmeshed in that struggle, out of which arose both Canada and the United States.
(Credit for photo goes to http://www.elainecougler.com and author bio goes to back of “The Loyalist’s Wife”)