Celia Garth

Celia Garth


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Bringing to life the heady days of the American Revolution through the eyes of a heroine who played a brave and dramatic part in the conflict, this novel follows Celia Garth, a Charleston native, as she transforms from a fashionable dressmaker to a patriot spy. When the king's army captures Charleston and sweeps through the Carolina countryside in a wave of blood, fire, and debauchery, the rebel cause seems all but lost. But when Francis Marion, a lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army known as "The Swamp Fox," recruits Celia as a spy, the tides of war begin to shift. This classic historical novel captures the fervor of 18th-century Charleston, the American Revolution, and a woman who risked her life for the patriot cause.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556527876
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Series: Rediscovered Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 252,621
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gwen Bristow was the author of Calico Palace, Golden Dreams, Jubilee Trail, This Side of Glory, and Tomorrow Is Forever. Sara Donati is the author of Dawn on a Distant Shore, Fire Along the Sky, Into the Wilderness, Lake in the Clouds, and Queen of Swords.

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Celia Garth 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Briana More than 1 year ago
This was the first really "grownup" book I was ever allowed to read. I have read it many times over the past 45 years. I actually did a book report on it in school. It gives a very believable rendition of Charleston, South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rarely re-read books -- too many unread ones out there -- but I read this when it first came out in the 60s and have re-read it many times over the years. Good story, good history, wonderful characters. It practically requires a trip to Charleston when you finish. This is where I first fell in love with Francis Marion and then went on to teach high school history. I am so happy that they are republishing the book.
JaniLori More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when in high school. ( late 1960's) and fell in love with reading. Since then I have read read at least 6 times and I still find new things. Waiting for it as an eBook and will read many more times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my absolute favorites! I love how real the story feels while still incorporating so much of the revolutionary war. Plus I'm s sucker for a good romance and this has a great story that has as many twists and turns as realistic life can dish out. I just love it- I've been waiting for an electronic version for a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this historial novel. I read it many years ago and have now read it again. It is still as fabulous as ever!
pawAC More than 1 year ago
I love historical fiction, I love Charleston, and I love reading about strong women. This book has it all!
brainella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was originally written in 1959 and was updated with a foreword by Sara Donati in 2008. It is a well written story of a young woman's journey through the American Revolution. Set in Charleston, South Carolina and various SC locations, this book documents Celia's life, tragedies, triumphs and evolution into womanhood.The author documents the fervor felt by the Rebels and the distain the Tories had for the American cause. Celia is a patriot; she will support and defend the cause for freedom any way she can. She's young but brave, and goes through many adventures to secure her future and family.I really enjoyed this book. Not only did it document the SC war time, but it documented both sides of the conflict. Both the Tories and Rebels are portrayed to give an idea of what they believed and how they conducted themselves. The plot flows quite well, and the characters are well developed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this as freshman in high school back in the early 60s. Celia is an engaging, intelligent heroine, and they were in short supply back then. This is a well-plotted and historically accurate tale of the American Revolution set in the South, told from the viewpoint of a young woman who must support herself as a seamstress. She finds herself embroiled in espionage and adventures and romance. In many ways, she is the antithesis of Scarlett O'Hara (different war but some of the same problems), sensible, loving, kind, wiling to risk herself for others, yet never prissy or goody-two-shoes. I remember her making a dress out of cheap muslin she had worked at bleaching to make a new dress...that stayed with me for decades.
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jjcookiebaker More than 1 year ago
I like to tell my 8th grade students that this was the "hot romance" being passed around when I was their age. It is actually a very good description of ordinary people living through the Revolution, showing how many were ambivalent to the cause until pushed to take sides. Gwen Bristow's books are a fun way to learn history. My issue in re-reading the book is with the very un-PC references: "servants" (never called slaves) and "colored folk" are portrayed as childlike family members. It is not clear if this is historically acurate to 1779 or to 1959 when the book was written. The book is somewhat slow starting, but there is lots of action and adventure once it gets going.
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