Fields of the Fatherless
by Elaine Marie Cooper
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (June 14, 2016)
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Print Length: 137 pages
Available from: Amazon
In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell (an ancestor to actor Kurt Russell) of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells' doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered?
Fields of the Fatherless is based on a true story.
Fields of the Fatherless by Elaine Marie Cooper
They knew it was coming. The American colonies wanted freedom from the British crown and that meant war, it was unavoidable. We are invited to live this time, the later 18th century, to actually live the very first battle through the diary posts of a teenaged girl in the small town of Menotomy where the first shots would be fired and a simple farming community would take the first stand against an absent government who became a crushing force in the colonies.
This is how history should be told, not through the dry accounts of history texts, lest we forget the human element, the passions of a fledgling world striving to become an independent nation. Through the eyes and words of Betsy Russell, we will witness both the inhumane and the humane sides of war. We will feel the religious passions of a simpler time, the social exchanges and the all too real fears and hatreds.
Watch a young woman come of age and grow into her own set of values and dignities, as well as her own need to do the right thing, against the popular belief of her fellow villagers, but in line with her beliefs in a greater power and the greater good. It was this battle that ignited the freedom to choose in a nation unlike any known before, one that would not be perfect, but would continue to grow and change.
FIELDS OF THE FATHERLESS by Elaine Marie Cooper is the human side of war, the real side, the finality of death, the hopes for a future that made war unavoidable. It is the story of the first shots fired, the first deaths recorded and the first lives forever changed by the American Revolution.
The afterword from the author details present day proof of what happened in this small village and the impact these brave people had on both history and the future. If this isn’t’ in school libraries, it should be, if you haven’t read this amazing tale, you should, it is the history of the labor pains of a nation giving birth to itself.