Lars D. H. Hedbor's first novel, The Prize, introduced his readers to his rich and moving storytelling style, as well as his ability to give them a visceral sense of the time and place in which the events of the novel took place.
Now, with his triumphant return to the era of the American Revolution, Hedbor turns to the experience of the Quakers, with a close-up view of the aftermath of Lexington and Concord on the family of a blacksmith in the town of Trenton, New Jersey.
Through wrenching loss and incredible personal change, Robert Harris guides his family through the daily hazards of war, while struggling to find clear guidance from his inner voice on navigating the twin threats of a potential loss of religious freedom under renewed British rule and the violation of his most deeply-held beliefs in non-violence, should he join the resistance.
“Superb! For those who love to experience the human ‘story’ within ‘history,’ I give this book a hearty thumbs-up!”
- Michelle Isenhoff, Author
The Color of Freedom
About the Author
I am an amateur historian, linguist, brewer, fiddler, astronomer and baker. Professionally, I am a technologist, marketer, writer and father. My love of history drives me to share the excitement of understanding the events of long ago, and how those events touch us still today.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
historical-fiction, historical-places-events, historical-figures, historical-research, Quaker, audiobook, friendship, family Where Amazon got the idea that this is a children's book is incomprehensible to me, unless it's because there is no erotica or repetitive use of the f bomb. This well researched and crafted novella explores the personal conflicts of a Quaker blacksmith/son/husband/father/friend whose convictions lead him to believe in the Patriot cause and the problems caused by his stance among the congregation as well as those caused by an amoral man whose only cause was himself. The plot is ingenious and very well done. I thought that using the perspective of the townsfolk on December 26, 1776 was inspired! In spite of our family's years in the Northwest Territory Alliance and being a history addict, I never really thought a whole lot about the personal problems this group faced (think Major General Nathaniel Green, or the YA book Buttons for General Washington and a number of others both fiction and nonfiction).