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Children of Liberty: A Novel

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    Great character studies - terrific book

    I bought this book because of the previous Simons books I have read - most especially the Bronze Horseman Trilogy. Ms.Simons creates some great characters in her books, and we find ourselves involved with their issues and behaviors. She did it again with Children of Liberty. Some of the characters are strong and brave - others have flaws that we hate, but love reading about. I very much enjoyed this book - it's not War and Peace, but a very comfortable book to curl up with.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Such potential...

    Wasted. There was much potential for a great story and set of characters but the end result felt as though the author only half cared and the characters had little to no depth. I LOVED the Bronze Horseman series and reread it regularly, this novel disappointed me very much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    Children of Liberty is the Prequel to the Bronze Horseman series

    Children of Liberty is the Prequel to the Bronze Horseman series.  It focuses on the lives of Gina and Harry and their love story in the midst of a growing America where Henry Ford is building horseless carriages, Americans debate the wisdom of the Panama Canal, and immigrants pursue the American dream.  It is during this time that Gina and Harry slowly find each other despite life's obstacles.

    I've heard so much about The Bronze Horseman and I've been meaning to read the book for sometime.  So when the opportunity to read the prequel arose, I jumped hoping it would motivate me to read The Bronze Horseman as well.  I didn't read The Bronze Horseman and Children of Liberty was a disappointment.  The first half of the book describes Gina and her family's arrival to America.  She is young and quickly falls for Harry.  Harry is twenty-three to Gina's fifteen years and knows Gina only as the girl his best friend, Ben, foolishly falls for despite the age difference.  The second half of the book finds Gina much older and Harry near a major life event and Harry is suddenly in love with Gina but there are many obstacles in the way.

    The first of the book was quite boring and I didn't like Gina much.  I found her to be manipulative and selfish.  I thought Harry and his friends to be boring.  When the story focused on Gina, it focused on her love for a boy that barely knew she was alive.  When the story focused on Harry, it focused on the politics of the times.  The politics would be more interesting if it was connected to more than conversation and debates between the characters.  The second half of the story focuses on Harry falling completely for Gina.  While this half was much better than the first.  I never could understand the sudden interest in Gina.  I also thought Harry's inability to make decisions and lack of self-awareness to be quite irritating.

    Maybe I'd enjoy this story if I read it after completing the series.  So I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and say it isn't for me at this point in time.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2013

    Not so great

    I couldn't finish this book. The characters were underwhelming. Much of the time I felt that the author was trying to demonstrate all of the research she'd done to prepare to write the book. Her Bronze Horseman was MUCH better so I was expecting something really wonderful. It didn't happen. Hopefully her next book will be better.

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    Posted February 7, 2014

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