When the British army is sent into Spain to help expel Napoleon's invaders, nothing goes as expected. Not for London newsman Sam Kerr, hunting a story that will win him the editor's chair, who discovers one that could wreck his career.
Not for the Wakefield family, loyalist refugees from America seeking peace among people of their faith, who find war has followed them even here.
And certainly not for the British troops, whose mission of support turns into a fight for all their lives.
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The Spanish Patriot is a very enjoyable work of historical fiction. The author does a very good job of describing the chaos and ineptitude of the British campaign in Spain, with inadequate planning, lack of good relations and coordination with the Spanish, and the chaos that comes with trying to get accurate information at a time when communication of news was not the swiftest and those in power tried to spin the news to fit their agenda (still common today). Every good work of historical fiction needs a character or group of characters through which to weave the historical tale. In this story, that role is filled by the Wakefields, loyalist printers who have been repeatedly mistreated by Britain, leaving one location after another with their printing press as the British have given up territory. Their current location is Corunna, Spain, where they are the sole printer as the British arrive to assist the Spanish in the fight against the French forces of Napoleon. Louisa (Lou) Wakefield works with her father and the family's "servant" operating the printing press, but what she really wants to do is be a news correspondent. She has also been sending dispatches to an English paper under the name "Lou." With the arrival of the British comes a lot of printing work, but also Samuel Kerr, a correspondent of the English newspaper to whom Lou has been providing news. His job is to follow the army and write articles encouraging more British involvement in Spain. Of course, things do not work out as planned, but Lou and Sam end up working together to try to protect her family, the town, and report the true story. The book is full of a number of delightful characters. The author has done a good job of character development. This is a book I would gladly recommend others read. I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite The Spanish Patriot: A Novel by Nicky Penttila is a historical fiction novel that adds a dash of romance into the mix of incredible settings and story. The story begins in 1808 in Corunna, Spain. The Wakefields are an American loyalist refugee family who immigrated to Spain after the Revolutionary War. The family operates the local printing press. Louisa (Lou) works for her father in the shop but hopes to some day write the news. When the British army arrives in support of Spain and in defense of Napoleon's invasion, fireworks ensue. Sam Kerr is a British reporter sent to follow the army and report articles back to London. What follows is a historical and romantic story and gives readers insight into family values and loyalty, along with the newspaper business at the turn of a warring century and the persecution that loyalist families like the Wakefields faced after the Revolutionary War. This is a beautifully written story that readers will love because it is full of history without being drowned in it. The historical value leaps off the page but coincides with the characters' lives and values. It is a vividly written tale and an exciting read that will appeal to both historical fiction fans and readers who enjoy romantic stories. The characters are exceptionally written and really come alive, giving the reader such a more intensely personal experience.