Title: Promise of Deer Run
Author: Elaine Marie Cooper
Year: 2011, 2016
My rating is 4 stars.
Sarah Thomsen has always said what was on her mind and doing what she pleases, like sneaking away to learn at the boys’ school. This doesn’t always endear her to others in her community. In book one, Road to Deer Run, she is a precocious 7-year-old. In this second undertaking, the year is 1790 and she is now 19 years old. She has lived through the American Revolution, although just a young girl at the time, as well as the rebuilding years following the war. Colonial life was quite a struggle and not for the faint of heart. War brought grief and pain to those in the war as well as those left behind at home. For some of those soldiers in the war, memories and flashbacks (what we now call PTSD) were a fact of life.
Sarah and Nathaniel Stearns have one big thing in common; they both lost their fathers. Sarah’s father died in a drowning accident shortly before she was born. Nathaniel’s father was in the war, survived it and told Nathaniel to go on home to check on his mother and siblings. Nathaniel arrives home to an abandoned house and farm. There is a letter from his mother, telling him and his father that the youngest son has died and that the rest of the family has moved to Boston to live with relatives. Nathaniel is grief-stricken at the loss. Seven years later he remains living alone at the house, waiting for his father to come home. Nathaniel constantly wonders what could have happened to his father. He also is grateful for the anonymous person leaving food on his front step. Who could it be? As Nathaniel and Sarah forge a friendship, affection begins to develop into something more. However, there are those that gossip and start rumors. What is truly going on? What can be believed?
This is a worthy follow up to book one of the series. I have recently developed an interest in our country during this time, so this book piqued my interest. The description of clothing, tasks and domestic chores really made me feel like I was in that time period. I loved Sarah’s feisty spirit! I really enjoyed the Author’s Note from both books and the fact that aspects of both stories came from her real life personal history. Book three in the series, Legacy of Deer Run, is due to be released in December 2016.
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