In The Lion's Denby Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
Pub. Date: 08/10/2009
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
When Adams arrives, he discovers the
In 1861, the war that has threatened the United States for decades suddenly rips the country apart, pitting the industrial North against the agricultural South. President Lincoln dispatches Charles Francis Adams, the son of John Quincy Adams, to London to prevent America's nemesis-England-from aiding the Confederate cause.
When Adams arrives, he discovers the English are already building warships for the South, and realizes that the very fate of his country is at risk. He enters into a high-stakes game of espionage and diplomacy, determined to save the nation his father and grandfather built.
Adams' son, Henry, accompanies his father on the mission, knowing the impact it will have on the war if they fail. While in London, Henry renews a friendship with Baxter Sams, a Southerner. Baxter is studying medicine at the Royal College and has fallen in love with an Englishwoman whose family disapproves of Americans. He is torn between reviling slavery and running medicine across the blockade to help his Confederate brothers. The two young men give voice to the debate raging between thousands of friends and families at home and abroad-and between Charles Francis Adams and the British government.
In the Lion's Den is an epic tale of intrigue, loyalty, and courage set in London and New York at a time when the British Empire was at its zenith and the American nation in collapse. Casting light into a little-known aspect of history, Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman delivers a gripping narrative of one of America's finest politicians.
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Do you like your history accurate and light? Do you like wit dressed up in sentences that are elegant and clear? Then Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman's In the Lion's Den is the historical romance for you. The setting is the Civil War when English sentiment is wobbling precariously between supporting the Confederacy or the Union, and it is the job of Charles Francis Adams of the famed Adams family, with the help of his young son, Henry, to make sure the Court of St. James does not come down on the Southern side. Their mission, plagued with spies, covert operations, and stealthy maneuvers, is ultimately successful. But not before a handsome Confederate doctor falls in love with an anti-slavery English lass, several "ironclads" secretly bound for the South escape the detection of the English authorities - or are they complicit?- and a strong-willed young woman disobeys the orders of her pro-slavery father and sails off - alone - to America to get her true love released from a Northern prison. And not before the Reader has the pleasure of many well turned phrases: e.g., about a book shelf: "Novels and poetry mingled with works of law and philosophy like bohemians at a supper party"; about the ages of dinner party guests: "Several of the guests looked as if they stayed alive out of a sense of duty alone"; about the Russian ambassador's uniform: "His chest was a minefield of jeweled medallions and crosses, and he wore a stunning gold cravat." And there's more where that comes from. But you need to read this delightful book to find out for yourself.
If you like a fast-moving story where every line feeds the next and points it towards an inevitable yet surprising ending, read this book. If you enjoy a bosom-heaving historical romance, read this book. And if you're mainly a history buff, read this book. In "In the Lion's Den," Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman braids these three genres so skillfully than there is no way to tell where one ends and another begins. One could say that the Civil War serves as the background of the novel, yet with equal justification maintain that the great conflict is one of its main characters. Charles Francis Adams, the grandson of John Adams, son of John Quincy Adams, and father of Henry Adams, is sent by President Lincoln on a crucial diplomatic mission to Britain, where high-placed politicians and shipping magnates are preparing to weigh in on the side of the Confederacy. Intrigue and shady dealings are part of the fascinating story. Meantime, in London, his son, Henry, runs into an old friend, Baxter Sams, a Southerner. Baxter hates slavery, but feels bound by loyalty to his family and other Confederates close to him to go on with a plan to smuggle medicine to the Southern side. To add to his dilemma, he is deeply in love with an Englishwoman (the stiff-upper-lip type that helped London survive Hitler's rocket blitz during WWII) but whose family dislikes Americans on either side. With great skill, Cobbs Hoffman blends all these elements into a coherent and exhilarating whole, at whose end one wishes there were more.
this book it truly the best tome I have read by this author.it draws you into the intrige of the times while still makeing you genuinely care about what happens to the characters.it was a good read i didn't put it down untill it was finished. i hope to see more fiction from this author,she has a beautiful discriptive style while not getting redundent for easy reading
I enjoyed the love stories in this book, and also its patriotism and exploration of the cause of freedom. It renewed my own desire to be a patriot!