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.
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