Synopses & Reviews
With the outbreak of the American revolution, Abigail Lovell's family is torn apart--while her schoolmaster father is an outspoken loyalist and prominent figurehead in the community, she and her two brothers engage in acts of espionage to undermine the British forces in Boston. Her sickly older brother, James, operates the patriots' spy ring while Abigail acts as a courier, eluding increasingly aggressive British patrols. Meanwhile, her younger brother, Benjamin, slips out of Boston to fight alongside Abigail's love, Ezra, in the battles at Lexington and Concord. With the help of her friend, Rachel revere, Abigail smuggles money and supplies out to Benjamin, Ezra, and other revolutionaries. But when a British sergeant is found murdered, Abigail stands accused, and she now must fight to save herself and those she loves. in the tradition of Sally Gunning's and Diana Gabaldon's is the story of a family torn asunder--and of a determined young woman who must make courageous decisions if she is to aid in liberating her country.
"Boston smolders on the eve of the American Revolution in Smolens's ambitious blend of fiction, history, battlefield romance, and intrigue. Drawing from the real-life Lovell family, with loyalist Boston Latin schoolmaster John and his cipher of a son,James, on opposite sides, Smolens builds his story around Abigail, John's daughter and James's sister, forgotten by history but here the unsung heroine of Bunker Hill. Abigail aids the resistance by helping her brother, Benjamin, detained by the British, and her friend Rachel Revere, and soon becomes the prime suspect in a redcoat's murder. She's torn between her parents and siblings, and between a careless American volunteer and an attentive British officer who proves both her most intimate ally and deadliest enemy. Well-researched but overreaching, Smolens's novel features appearances by Dr. Benjamin Church (less famous than Benedict Arnold, but equally traitorous), Paul Revere, and others. In his best passages, Smolens imagines the betrayals, espionage, and collaborations, personal and strategic alliances, and the frequent crossing of lines (not just physical) between the occupying British and the Bostonians they want to control. Abigail herself crosses lines for the cause, joining a roster of historical fiction heroines with feminist leanings toward self-determination, sexual freedom, and altering the course of history." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the author of and --a gripping historical novel set during the American Revolution.
About the Author
John Smolens is author of Cold, The Invisible World, Fire Point, and The Anarchist. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1984 and is currently head of the MFA program at Northern Michigan University. His novel The Schoolmaster's Daughter will be published by Pegasus Books in paperback in September, 2012. You can visit his site at&