|PUBLISHER:||Black Rose Writing|
If Elizabeth Darmon had access to the same headache medicine that is now available, this story would not have happened! But the truth is that most of the painkillers we have now did not exist in 1830. The result is that this adventure is caused (at least partially) by an untreatable headache!
In the opening pages of “Patriote Peril”, we see Elizabeth staying at home because of a headache while her husband and other family members leave in a carriage to visit some of the local sites. After some time has passed, the carriage returns empty. Elizabeth is concerned so she gets on a horse and goes out to look for her family after sending a stable hand to get help.
Elizabeth returns later to find the lodge burned down with no evidence of survivors.
This begins her journey to find out what has happened to her family. This quest takes her through Lake Champlain, the wilderness, Quebec City and other potentially unfriendly places.
“Patriote Peril” is filled with suspense, deception, mystery, and political upheaval. Not everybody is who they say they are. There are many near misses in the story that made me cringe. The action is mostly fast paced with only a few slow spots.
My only problem with the book was keeping the timeline straight. The reader needs to pay close attention to the names of the characters and their actions to correctly tie the chapters together.
This is historical fiction that not only entertains the reader, but also has the ability to challenge them to read more about this period. Though I enjoyed the book, I feel that knowing more about the 1830’s and this area before reading it would have enhanced my enjoyment.
Thomas Thorpe has written a book that is easy and fun to read. I believe readers as young as 5th or 6th grade as well as those who are more advanced in years can enjoy this book.
This is book 3 in the Darmon Mysteries series. As I have the opportunity to read more of that series, I will post reviews on them as well.
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