Against the backdrop of the Siege of Boston, The Cautious Siege is a sweeping tale of adventure, triumph and tragedy, friendship and love. Returning from Transcendent Loyalties, Anna Somerset, Daniel Garrett, and Drummond Fisackerly continue to navigate through the turbulence of a rebellion that is fast becoming a revolution. It is late 1775, and newly appointed General George Washington is laying siege to Boston. In addition to the difficult task of keeping the British bottled up in the city—and, hopefully, driving them out of the colonies altogether—Washington must find a way to shape myriad and disparate militia units into a functioning Continental Army. To successfully tighten the noose on the British, Washington needs artillery. His only hope, a stockpile of artillery pieces at recently captured Fort Ticonderoga, is a slim hope; hundreds of miles of obstacles stand between the distant fort and the Continental Army at Boston. When a brilliant young bookseller named Henry Knox devises a scheme for retrieving the guns, Drum—with his phenomenal size and strength—is an obvious choice for Knox's team and, against Daniel's objections, becomes a willing part of the mission. Another of Washington's most valuable officers, Nathaniel Greene, has other plans for Daniel. Raiders masquerading as militiamen have been terrorizing local farms, and Washington wants it stopped. Greene sees in Daniel—whose somewhat nefarious reputation has followed him like a shadow into Washington's camp—as the perfect man for the job. Daniel's search takes a perilous turn, however, when a murder committed by one of the gang members has a young boy as its sole witness. Now Daniel must keep the boy safe and find the killer before he strikes again. Within besieged Boston, Anna is dealing with far more personal battles. Countless loyalists have sought out British protection inside the city, and Anna's uncle has opened his house to one such refugee family. In coping with the crowded living conditions and more mouths to feed, Anna must find a way through the severe food shortages that plague the city—along with a rampaging smallpox epidemic. From every side, Anna, Daniel, and Drum are as besieged as the town of Boston. To not only survive, but thrive, they will need the hope of love, the strength of friendship, and the courage to be found within each of their hearts.
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Reviewed by Amanda Rofe for Readers' Favorite The Cautious Siege: A Novel of the American Revolution by S.D. Banks is a historical novel set against the backdrop of the Siege of Boston in 1775. It tells the story of a burgeoning romance, born of friendship, between rebel soldier Daniel Garrett and Anna Somerset, a woman trapped amongst the Loyalists within the siege walls. Life is hard in a city crammed full of people, many of whom had retreated to Boston to gain protection from the British. Overrun by crime and smallpox, there is very little food or fuel and prices are high. Daniel tries to ensure that Anna and his mother are supplied with enough to eat but it proves a dangerous task. Life takes a turn for the worse when Anna is badly betrayed by someone living in her own household. S.D. Banks writes a warm and well-crafted historical drama based on true events. Peppered with subtle speech and mannerisms of the day, this novel perfectly captures the atmosphere of the time. I was impressed with the details of the siege including the descriptions of the movement and the use of heavy weaponry which had such a devastating effect on the city. The complexities of the war combined with the strong characters, including an archetypal villain, provide a thoroughly satisfying and absorbing tale. I could not help but admire the feisty Anna and the courageous Daniel. Their tentative attraction, arising from a long friendship, develops into a passion which neither can ignore. Romance, adventure, heroism and villainy, The Cautious Siege has it all and in abundance. Those who love romantic historical fiction will enjoy this book.