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Monday, June 11, 2012

The Legacy of Deer Run Review

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The year was 1800.


A young man makes weapons for the defense of America, still a fledgling nation. He also protects his heart from the allure of a young woman who seems so far above his station in life that he cannot win her. The lady fights her own war against loneliness and grief. Despite her finery and airs, she is drawn to the young armory worker who is distant yet disarming. 


Love is not the only entanglement. The nation's enemies are afoot. They creep within the very walls where America's defenses are being forged. Who are they? When will they strike? Who will survive their terrorism?


Intrigue of the heart and intrigue of the times are only part of this compelling story - Book 3 of the Deer Run Saga. This series finale is a gripping mix of romance and deception, faith and forgiveness, transgression and trial.


The back cover copy for The Legacy of Deer Run  by author Elaine Marie Cooper is among the best I've ever read, whetting the reader's historical appetite without any spoilers, even withholding the characters' names and making the reader long to discover them. Though this novel is best appreciated when read as a part of the series, each book stands alone beautifully and doesn't leave the reader feeling something is amiss.

The strengths of this third and final novel are many: a large, colorful cast of characters. Sizzling romantic encounters. Sound spiritual truths. The early American period springs to life with rich detail and authentic period language on every page. Cooper paints a vivid picture of the repercussions of unforgiveness and unwed pregnancy in a third generation, handling these subjects with sensitivity and skill. If you've read The Road to Deer Run and The Promise of Deer Run and fear you'll miss these characters in book 3, rest assured they are finely woven within this finale and have a strong thread all their own. I heartily recommend this historical and look forward to learning what the author is working on next...






Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of The Road to Deer Run (Finalist in Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Religious Fiction, Honorable Mention in Romance at 2011 Los Angeles Book Festival) and The Promise of Deer Run (Romance Winner for 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival, Finalist in Religious Fiction for Foreward Review Book of the Year). Cooper is also a contributing writer for Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home by Edie Melson.

Giveaway: Elaine is giving away a copy of her new book to one of our CQ readers.  Leave a comment for a chance to be entered!


24 comments:

  1. Morning, Quillers and readers:) It's wonderful to see another colonial story like Elaine's release and know more are coming! This is a great story and a great finale to the series. I can't wait to hear about what Elaine is working on now.

    As for me, I'm off to jury duty this morning so will check back in here later. Bless you!

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    1. Praying your jury duty goes well, Laura. Thank you for reviewing Elaine's new release for CQ! And CONGRATS to Elaine for her new release!

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  2. Dear Laura, Thank you for such a wonderful review! I am so blessed that you enjoyed this finale to the Deer Run Saga. It was truly a joy to write and sad to bid farewell to my characters. But they live on in my heart. ;-)

    My next historical is underway, set in MA in the decade prior to the start of the Revolution. I'm working on my research today and looking forward to my visit with a historian there in a couple of weeks.

    And I hope your jury duty goes well—you are a good citizen!

    Blessings, Elaine

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  3. Elaine, congratulations and good morning! Laura has written such an intriguing review, and having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books, I know this finale to the Deer Run series will be amazing. I look forward to it. Plus, it is always a joy to revisit your wonderful characters. I wish you great success with the Legacy of Deer Run and in your research for the next series.

    Laura, good luck with jury (ugh!) duty. :)

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  4. Thank you so much, Lisa—I treasure your sweet words! And I am honored that you enjoyed the first two books in my saga. Hope you enjoy this third one best of all. :-)

    I am excited about this next historical that I am working on! Also excited to hear what YOU are both working on, Lisa and Laura! Can't wait to read your next novels!

    Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

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  5. What an excellent review! I read the Legacy of Deer Run, and this review captures the many intriguing facets of the novel, but with such elegance and in a way that makes me want to read it all over again.

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  6. Very exciting!! I have heard a lot about these books here at Colonial Quills. I may have to read them!

    Congratulations!

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  7. Wonderful review. Sounds like such a grest series. I enjoyed hearing this perspective from Laura's view as she is such a talented writer of this era herself. Elaine has received many accolades over this series which she invested much research. I liked hearing about this book and I can't wait to read it!

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  8. Ohh! A new series to read. I love discovering new authors and new books - especially ones that come so highly recommended from other authors I already love! :)

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  9. Another book to add to my summer reading list! :)

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  10. Congratulations--What a great review and I've definitely got to check out your book! It is a bit sad saying our good-byes to our characters whom we've grown to know so well.

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  11. Just stopping by folks to say hello. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,pa

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    1. Richard, I thought the Amish didn't use the internet. Are you in your ruschpringa? Welcome to CQ!

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    2. Aha, I see Richard lives in the community and has a GORGEOUS website. Love the info about the old order Mennonite on there, too! Thanks for coming by!

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  12. So good to see some familiar and new faces here! Hello to Richard and Sandra for the first time:) And bless the rest of you for your gracious comments. It's truly a wonderful thing when we celebrate books!!

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  13. I'm halfway through the first book and really enjoying it. Looks like I have a lot to look forward to.

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  14. So great to connect with fans of historical fiction! I truly hope you get to read "The Legacy of Deer Run" and pray that it blesses you. I know that I was blessed with the most wonderful group of historians in Springfield, MA that were an invaluable asset in my research. LOVE helpful historians! Thanks so much for your nice comments and for stopping by.

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  15. This book sounds wonderful! I love that part of history! Please enter me in the contest.
    Linda Cacaci
    LinCaca3@aol.com

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  16. This series is on my "must buy" list. Colonial Quills is greatly appreciated by this reader. It is exciting to have a blog that recommends really good new publications in one of the genres I love. Thank you to all the authors who give of their time to keep this blog going. Your efforts don't go unappreciated.

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  17. Thanks for the Review, I love Historical Fiction and would love to be in your Drawing.
    Many Blessings to all

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Waving at Linda, Ingrid, and my very dear friend, Mary!! So thankful for your support and being here:) We couldn't do this without you!! Happy reading to you all...

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  19. This book sounds great. It is neat that the back blurb doesn't even mention the characters names. I have the first one in the series. Would love to win this third one. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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  20. I've just started reading the first in the series. So much to look forward to!

    Lovely review, Laura. And congratulations to Elaine. This is my absolute favorite time period in US history, between the wars. Revolutionary and 1812, that is.

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