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Crucible of War

Crucible of War

by J. M. Hochstetler

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Returning from the Shawnee, Brigadier General Jonathan Carleton rejoins General George Washington's army to find the patriot cause on the verge of extinction. In a daring gamble the American force crosses the Delaware on Christmas night 1776, to defeat outposts at Trenton and Princeton before vanishing into the mountain bastions around Morristown.

When she returns to New York, Elizabeth Howard is drawn ever deeper into the intrigues that swirl around British General William Howe. She and her Aunt Tess, move to Philadelphia in summer 1777 to gather intelligence while waiting for a rumored British attack. Ambushed and almost captured as the Americans dig in at Brandywine Creek, Carleton is transferred to General Horatio Gates's army in the upper Hudson Valley where his old nemesis, British General John Burgoyne, closes in on Saratoga. With decisive battles looming on both fronts, Elizabeth and Carleton face a crucible of war that tests their mettle, faith, and love to the very limits--and beyond.

"Historic. Romantic. Riveting. Rich and multi-layered, Crucible of War is the epic continuation of an unforgettable series. Joan Hochstetler gives us a rare glimpse into America's past, leaving the reader enriched and wanting more. I highly recommend this amazing book and series!" --Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel's Lady and Love's Reckoning

"We have given this series to all of our family so that they will understand the foundation of this country and the freedoms they enjoy. If you haven't read it yet, you should. You will relive the sacrifices, romances, and pain experienced by past patriots. You will understand what you have benefited from when you experience this trip through history as written by Joan. It is historically accurate fiction, and a very engaging and interesting read. I can't wait for the next book to come out!"
--John E. Anderson, SGM Ret., U.S. Army Intelligence & Communications Command

"J. M. Hochstetler weaves a tapestry rich in detail, a riveting story of adventure and intrigue in a time when men and women made choices that wrenched the heart, but honored God. An engaging new chapter in the on-going saga of how an enduring nation--and an equally enduring romance--were forged in the Crucible of War." --Lori Benton, Author of Willa, forthcoming from Waterbrook Multnomah, August 2013

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940014859189
Publisher: Sheaf House Publishers, LLC
Publication date: 08/10/2012
Series: The American Patriot Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 424
File size: 798 KB

About the Author

An award-winning author and editor, J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers, a graduate of Indiana University, a professional editor, and a lifelong student of history. Her contemporary novel One Holy Night was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year and finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Carol Award.

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