by Susan F. Craft


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Desperate to rescue their kidnapped daughter, Lilyan and Nicholas Xanthakos trek two hundred miles through South Carolina mountains and backcountry wilderness, fighting outlaws, hunger, sleeplessness, and despair. When the trail grows cold, the couple battles guilt and personal shame; Lilyan for letting Laurel out of her sight, and Nicholas for failing to keep his family safe.

They track Laurel to the port of Charleston as post-Revolutionary War passions reach fever pitch. There, Lilyan, a former patriot spy, is charged for the murder of a British officer. She is thrown into the Exchange Building dungeon and chained alongside prostitutes, thieves, and murderers. Separated from her husband, she digs deep inside to re-ignite the courage and faith that helped her survive the war. Determined to free his wife at any cost, Nicholas finds himself forced back into a life of violence he thought he'd left behind.

Following a rumor that Laurel may be aboard a freighter bound for Baltimore, Lilyan and Nicholas secure passage on a departing schooner, but two days into the voyage, a storm blows their ship aground on Diamond Shoals. As the ship founders, both are swept overboard.

Will their love for each other and their faith sustain them as they await word of their missing child? Or is Laurel lost to them forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941103913
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 12/21/2014
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Susan F. Craft retired from a 41-year career as a writer for public television, a communications director for a state agency, a continuing education planner for a university, and a proofreader for the SC Senate. She and her husband of 45 years have two adult children, a son-in-law, a granddaughter, and a granddog. An admitted history nerd, she enjoys painting, singing, listening to music, and sitting on her front porch watching rabbits and geese eat her day lilies. In 2011, Susan's Revolutionary War romantic suspense, The Chamomile, won the SIBA Okra Pick. She is represented by Linda S. Glaz, Hartline Literary Agency.

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MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Laurel***** by Susan F. Craft Lilyan and Nicholas (Nikki) Xanthakos are desperately searching for their kidnapped—soon to be one year old—daughter, Laurel. Their search takes them hundreds of miles from their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, NC of 1783 to Baltimore, MD. They are not alone in their search, good friends search with them and at locations along the way. They do not rely solely on their own strength, their strong faith and trust in God empowers them on their quest. Each clue brings hope and then disappointments, even tragedy. While at Lilyan's old home in Charleston, she is arrested and thrown into prison for the murder of a British officer during the Revolutionary War. Now facing trial and possible hanging, Lilyan digs deeper into her faith for strength...and yes, hope. This story captured my interest from the first page to the last. I found myself holding my breath at certain times in the story. I really liked the unique blessing/prayer Lilyan and Nikki said together before they began their search for their daughter. Even in prison, God used Lilyan as she witnessed to some of the women there. Their journey was an arduous one, full of unknown dangers, unexpected situations, tragedies, pain, heartbreak, joy, humor, a terrible storm at sea and shipwreck, forgiveness, love and strong faith. There are many of the characters that I enjoyed reading about and hope to see more about them in another book. The life-style of the 1780's was a hard one, calling for hard-working, strong, brave and God fearing people to settle the land, which is clearly shown in this story. Unexpected twists and turns in the story line that kept me guessing to the end. One line really spoke to me, “ can survive the terrible, unspeakable pain—God will sustain us if we let Him...”. Even though I have not read the first book, Chamomile—yet, I could follow along with the characters. I do plan to read Chamomile soon. ~I won an e-book copy of this book on Goodreads 1st reader contest and the author, this is my honest review~
AngieArndt More than 1 year ago
Can you imagine the horror of losing a child and the struggle to find her in a world that has just started rebuilding itself? As they follow the kidnappers’ path, Lilyan and Nicholas find that nothing is easy. With no lines of guaranteed lines of communication, they’re left to follow clues that are days and weeks old. Although billed as historical fiction, this novel builds suspense and intrigue throughout to a satisfying ending that will be sure to please. Set in the post-American Revolution times, Craft’s rich descriptions and three-dimensional characters carry you throughout the Carolinas, from the Cherokee Foothills to the port city of Charleston to the Outer Banks and back. Her meticulous research guarantees that there are no jarring bits to pull you out of that world either. Although Laurel is the second of a series, it is a stand-alone novel. However, if you’ve read the first in the series, The Chamomile, you’ll find that it enriches this novel. In either case, those who love historical fiction will love this second novel by Susan Craft. I’d like to thank the author for my copy of Laurel in exchange for a fair and impartial review.
JAFORD More than 1 year ago
Exciting Plot, Engaging Characters I thought Susan Craft's first book in the series, The Chamomile, was a very enjoyable read, and Laurel is even better.  The plot is captivating, the primary characters, continued fro the first book, continue to be well developed.  The post-Revolutionary War setting comes alive as Ms. Craft paints word pictures and masterfully moves her characters through a web of danger, death and destruction that kept me reading, wondering what would happen next!
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Storyline! Oh to have the strength and courage of Lilyan Xanthakos! Laurel is truly a great adventure to read. Susan Craft did a great job keeping me on my “reading toes”, by creating a storyline with plenty of adventure and wonderment. What Lilyan and Nicholas go through in search of their stolen daughter is beyond amazing. Will they find her? Will she be gone to them forever? Only the reader will know....while going on an amazing trek with this couple. I truly enjoy reading Susan's novels, because they throw me into a time in history that I knew nothing about. (I hated History in school..boring I am learning through some wonderful authors, like Susan.) So much went on in those did people do it?  If you haven't read The Chamomile by Susan, about how Lilyan and Nicholas first met, you have to read it! Both novels will throw you into an era in time that will leave you breathless! I won this book from Susan Craft. I truly enjoyed it and I highly recommend it!
BMace More than 1 year ago
Permanent injury and even death were a part of every day in post-Revolutionary North and South Carolina. The war was over, or was it? Emotions still ran high, outlaws were everywhere and safety was not guaranteed. A visit to the nearby Cherokee village ends in kidnapping, injury and death. Nicholas and Lilyan's daughter, Laurel, is one of the kidnapped children. Will she ever be returned to them? They track the kidnappers through the forests, mountains and wilderness only finding little traces of their beloved daughter. In the port of Charleston, Liylan faces accusations from actions during the was, leading to imprisonment in the Exchange Building dungeon. Whatever will happen to Laurel, who has sailed off to Baltimore with her new family? Will Liylan be able to ever hold her daughter again? Will their faith and love be strong enough to get therm through this storm?