BELOVED HISTORICAL FICTION FOR INDEPENDANCE WEEK: The Scarlet Coat
The Scarlet Coat by Angela K. Couch, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt:I was swept away in another time and era where I could literally smell the gunpowder, hear the cries of dying men, smell the blood and sweat shed by the fallen on the field. And when the British officer—Andrew—was brought into their home, my heart pounded every time the threat of discovery came in the form of visiting neighbors. Emotions ran high in this intense story! As I began to see Andrew and Rachel fight their feelings for one another, my heart ached knowing there was no possible way for them to be together. I loved seeing how God played a huge part and how Andrew’s memories of scripture helped comfort him. That in turn, played a part in Rachel’s heart softening again towards the things of God.
I absolutely fell in love with this story, getting to know the characters I called friends, the rich historical details, every heart-pounding scene, and even a touch of humor the author included in this! Such as this line on page 146 where Andrew states; “After being idle for so long, my muscles seem to have mistaken themselves for fishes”—I literally laughed out loud! I wished I could have learned my history lessons at the feet of this author through fiction instead of my High School teacher; it would have been much more fun! I highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys early American history, forbidden romance, a touch of humor and a story that will sweep you away in another time and place!
*I received a complimentary copy from the author and wasn’t obligated to leave a review. *
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