I finished this book a few weeks ago, but did not review it right away. I wanted to give the review as much thought as Mr. Hepple obviously did in writing it. Hopefully, I'll do it justice. At least I'll try.
This book made me feel like I was there. The story became very personal through the characters of John Van Buskirk and his wife, Anna Livingston. Their thoughts, their feelings, what they did for their country, were all very believable to me. When I think about the courage and sacrifice of these two young people, I am deeply touched.
Added to the personal story, is the story of the founding of our country. Yes, in high school, I had to read the "Declaration of Independence" and "Common Sense." I certainly didn't undersand the reality of those documents at the time. Reading them in this book as an adult against the backdrop of the people who fought and died, brought tears to my eyes.
I also enjoyed all the correspondence Mr. Hepple included. It was real and made the people who wrote those letters real, too.
I was sad when the book came to an end. I wanted it to continue. Thankfully, it has in the next installment, "Land of the Free."