Saturday, November 23, 2013

Fields Of The Fatherless by Elaine Marie Cooper

In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by the British troops. 

Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land—yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take the Russells’ land as well? 

Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems almost a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family—his wife, children and grandchildren—and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst.

But not even the American militia could have predicted what was about to occur—right on the Russells’ doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered? 
(Based on a true story.) 


Betsy Russell could not discern if the sweat on her palms was from her own fear or from the intensity of Anna’s pain. Either source seemed a sufficient cause of the slippery pool of moisture.
            Betsy, the only daughter of Jason Russell, trembled at the events occurring outside on the nearby road as well as in the birthing room. She intertwined her fingers with those of her sister-in-law so tightly that Anna’s labor pains seemed to course through her own arms.
Anna screamed as a contraction gripped her swollen belly. Betsy clung to her as if she could take away the pain with the pressure of her grip. But before the pain ebbed, another sonorous blast of cannon fire echoed from hundreds of rods down the hill. The concussion reverberated throughout the house, and the walls shuddered along with the women’s nerves. Even the midwife, normally a pillar of calm, turned pale.
Betsy desperately fought back fearful tears.
Why did Father not come with us?
She remembered his comforting hand on her shoulder the night he first said he was meeting with the patriot committee. He smiled at her then. All seemed as it should be with the world. But that seemed so long ago…
Another round of explosives elicited uncontrollable shivering.
Where is he now when I need his reassuring presence? Dear Lord, protect him.
The women in the room jumped when an enormous volley of musket fire rattled from the direction of Concord Road. Betsy doubted the pain-filled screams she heard were only in her imagination.

Father in heaven, this cannot be happening. How did we get to this terrible place? Dear Lord…help us.

About The Author

Novelist Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of The Road to Deer Run, The Promise of Deer Run and The Legacy of Deer Run. Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels. Fields of the Fatherless released October 2013. Visit her website at:

Elaine is a contributing writer to Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home by Edie Melson, and I Choose You, a romance Anthology. Her freelance work has appeared in both newspapers and magazines, and she blogs regularly at,and

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Elaine Marie Cooper is giving away a copy of Fields Of The Fatherless. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Anonymous said...

this is a very thoughful topic. Will probably need kleenex nearby. I'm sure things were really rough during these war years. But think Betsy did what she believed to be the right thing. Thanks for the chance to win this. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Susan Johnson said...

Fields of the Fatherless sounds like a great book. I love reading about that period in history.
susanmsj at msn dot com

Amy Putney said...

Sounds like a wonderful read! I love reading books set during the Revolutionary War (comes from growing up near Philadelphia)! :) And I love that it's based on a true story (that I've never heard)! I would love to read it!

aeputney [at] liberty [dot] edu

Patricia Bradley said...

Live reading about this time period and Fields of the Fatherless sounds like a great book. pat at ptbradley dot com

Amy C said...

This book sounds great! Looking forward to reading it!
Thank you for the post and giveaway!

Elaine Cooper said...

I am so excited that many share my enthusiasm for this time in our country's history. It is truly an amazing era of overcoming so many obstacles just to survive, not to mention, birth a new nation! Thank you, ladies, for visiting and commenting. I wish you all could win, but at least, if you do not, it is available at Amazon. I hope that "Fields of the Fatherless" blesses you. Many homeschool parents have read it and endorsed it for teen readers as well.

Jackie McNutt said...

Elaine, I am not familiar with your books but the review was very interesting. your characters and story line would make a great read. so interesting it is based on a true story.
Thank you

sm said...

I enjoy historical fiction and this one is based on a true story of the American Revolution. Love to win it. sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Boos Mum said...

Thank you for the excerpt. This looks like a great book and one I can share with my daughters.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Linda Marie Finn said...

I so love this book,would love to win a copy to share with my mom.
Linda Finn

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