From the desperate battles of Trenton, Princeton, and Brandywine Creek to the crucial confrontation at Saratoga, 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
"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 Burning Sky
"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
"I did not think J. M. Hochstetler could keep her readers riveted through seven books in her American Patriot Series, but she is doing it with such stunning storytelling that her characters are becoming bigger than life, just as Margaret Mitchell achieved with Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. Today's military wives can relate to Elizabeth and Jonathan's longing to be together and despair at parting. Here is an opportunity for Americans to become reacquainted with their nation's agonizing birth and the stout-hearted people who made it possible. J. M. Hochstetler has captured this period magnificently. Her battle scenes rage, her love trysts wrench your heart. And her writing achieves literary pinnacles." -Bonnie Toews, author ofThe Consummate Traitor and Communications Command
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. Formerly an editor with Abingdon Press, she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Middle Tennessee Christian Writers,andMilitary Writers Society of America. She and her husband, a retired pastor with the United Methodist Church, live near Nashville, Tennessee.
What People are Saying About This
“J. M. Hochstetler is able to bring history to life with her exceptional prose and attention to detail. If you want a Last of the Mohicans type adventure with a hearty dose of romance and realism, buy these books! My only regret is that she doesn’t write fast enough and there aren’t enough books like hers! Wonderful, inspiring, educational reading! Bless you, J. M.! I use your books for my own research!”Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel’s Lady