America’s Daughter

With Washington’s army, she joined America’s fight for independence…

1773. The night that Addie Valencourt sneaks out to witness the Boston Tea Party, she knows that her world is about to change forever. Soon, the love and security of her tight-knit family is torn apart by the fight for American independence.

When the British lay siege to Boston, Addie’s English-born father welcomes them into his home, while her childhood sweetheart Silas leaves to join General Washington. Addie is determined to follow him when she meets Scottish Highlander John Traverne. The frowning, dark-haired soldier is unlike anyone she has ever known, and he interests her more than he should. But any future with a man on the opposite side of this fight is impossible…

As the bitter war continues, Addie’s life becomes increasingly bound with the fate of America. When Silas is captured by the British, she risks all to search for him, but venturing into enemy territory brings her face to face with her Highlander again. Now Addie must make an impossible choice between what her heart is telling her, and protecting the secrets—and even the very lives—of the Patriots on the dangerous front line…

The first part of an epic, emotional and heartbreaking trilogy about a woman caught in the struggle for a new America. 

Readers who love My Dear Hamilton and Flight of the Sparrow will be swept away by America’s Daughter.

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Addie’s life is about to change forever. Soon, the glittering summers in rural Virginia with her cousins and the plush prosperity of her father’s home in Boston are eclipsed by the fight for American independence.

When the British forces lay siege to Boston, Addie’s family is torn in two. Her brothers and her childhood sweetheart Silas leave to become aides to General Washington alongside Alexander Hamilton, while Addie’s English-born, Loyalist father welcomes the British into his home. Just as Addie takes the painful decision to join the fight, she meets enigmatic Scottish Highlander John Traverne. But he’s on the side of the English king, so Addie will not give in to the spark between them.

As the bitter war continues, Addie’s life becomes increasingly bound with the fate of America. When Silas is captured by the British, Addie risks all to search for him, but venturing into enemy territory brings her face to face with her Highlander again, and she must make an impossible choice between love, or the future of her nation…

An epic, emotional and heartbreaking novel about a woman caught in the struggle for a new America. 

This book is my favourite genre, telling the tale of the New World and bringing this turbulent period to life right before our eyes. The vividly described adventures in a country being torn apart has something for everyone, history, scandal and a real sense of its setting in both time and place. It is an enjoyable historical tale and no mistake, but I absolutely loved losing myself in it and immersing myself in the twists and turns of Addie’s adventures as this tale unfolded. You don’t need to have have read any of Celeste’s other books to immerse yourself , but it’s very likely that you’ll want to as soon as you’ve finished…

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Celeste De Blasis has clearly put her heart and soul into researching this period, and this book shows off her impeccable research skills as she spares no effort in trying to recreate this time for us and brings us along with her on this unforgettable journey. These characters become living breathing people through these pages, and because of this, it’s easy to get engrossed in their story. Because I am a huge fan of historical fiction, I was delighted to discover a new author through this blog tour to get into and know that through reading this tale I could connect with this period in history in a very real way.

I loved the fact that these characters seem so modern at times – In many ways, Addie comes across as a girl we can really connect with across the centuries – someone who wants to beat the mean around her at their own game and who understands this environment and is prepared to use the knowledge she has gained in order to contribute to the cause, regardless of how conventional her approach might or might not be…

I found the way that Celeste De Blasis effortlessly blends her research with real insight into the characters on the page to be stunningly well achieved and even though it is certainly not a slight book, I raced through it in record time. I absolutely loved the way that this intriguing and original book transports you back into this turbulent time and allows you to get to know these people right across the centuries. You do not have to be a fan of historical writing to love this book and characters and you will be amazed at how much some of their thoughts and emotions will resonate with you – even though they were living breathing and loving so many centuries ago

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I love doing my research after finishing a book I’ve enjoyed and if you are intrigued by this story, you could find out more about this period here.  You will be able to read all about this time in America’s history as well as get a sense of how tis contributed to the development of a nation I loved reading about life for women during this period and it made me realise how much I didn’t know about this period in history – which is brought vividly to life on these pages and I enjoyed going down a few rabbit holes in my own research as soon as I finished reading it.

If you are intrigued and would like to read more about this fascinating period then follow the blog tour and definitely buy yourself a copy of this fascinating and beautifully researched historical read as well as the others from this series, listed below. Thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me onto the tour and introducing me to a new writer to enjoy!

Writer On The Shelf

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Celeste N. De Blasis was born on May 8, 1946 in Santa Monica, California. She grew up at the Kemper Campbell Ranch in Victorville, California in the high Mojave Desert. She attended Wellesley College, later transferred to Oregon State University, and in 1968 was graduated from Pomona College where her longing to be back home at the ranch had drawn her. She continued to live on the ranch until her death from complications associated with lupus erythematosus on April 13, 2001.

Celeste De Blasis was published in a number of poetry magazines, including Manifold (London), Kauri, and Sandcutters. In 1969 she was given the Southern Division National League of PEN Women Award for Letters for her poetry.

In 1975, De Blasis published her first novel, The Night Child. It was followed the next year by Suffer A Sea Change (1976). Her third book, The Proud Breed (1978) was about the pride of being a Californian. Of the novel, De Blasis observed, “This story is very dear to me, and the need to write it came from the demands of pride. I grew up in an educational system that taught me more about the eastern seaboard than I needed to know and almost nothing about California…and the paucity of that history grew to be more and more galling. In the writing of The Proud Breed I have discovered what an immensely rich, varied and intricate weaving has made the fabric of this state, and I am proud to be even so small a thread in the pattern.” The book became a Doubleday Book Club selection. In 1981, De Blasis published The Tiger’s Woman. The book became Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild selections. De Blasis then embarked on her most ambitious and successful work, the Wild Swan trilogy. The first volume, Wild Swan was published in 1984, set in Collington, Maryland around the Belair Mansion and was quickly followed by Swan’s Chance in 1985. The final volume of the trilogy, A Season of Swans was published in 1989.

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