In Liberty's Wake

In Liberty's Wake : A Novel of British America

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A sweeping adventure, In Liberty's Wake follows Arabella, her family, and their slaves as they face momentous change and upheaval on the eve of the American Revolution. Living on a Virginia plantation overlooking the James River, Arabella's life is one of privilege and order; yet, like the river she views from her bedchamber window the calm belies a churning undercurrent capable of sweeping away anything in its path. It's 1763, Virginia is the wealthiest colony in British America, and as the French and Indian War draws to a close, colonists look forward to peace and prosperity. Loyal to their young monarch, King George III, they are proud to call themselves British; but, as tensions escalate between American colonists and Great Britain, master and slave alike must choose loyalties setting in motion events that will forever change their destinies and the fates of those they love. A journey into a dynamic eighteenth-century world, In Liberty's Wake explores the lives of a people bound together where few things are as they seem. From slave quarters to the Governor's Palace ballroom in Williamsburg; along the cobblestone streets of Boston and aboard His Majesty's Royal Navy ships; and behind the closed doors of General Washington's headquarters, Arabella and those close to her venture far and wide, risking their fortunes and lives, for freedom and love. Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews Editors' Choice 2016show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 520 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 29mm | 653g
  • Letters & Linen
  • English
  • First Second Printing ed.
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0692632042
  • 9780692632048

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"Norland expertly weaves colonial history into the personal stories of her characters, both real and invented, and as events quickly boil toward outright rebellion against British rule, both masters and slaves are confronted with sharp new realities, including the prospect of taking up arms in defense of the new "self-evident" liberties being declared in Philadelphia...the result is a tremendously satisfying new take on the American Revolution novel. Enthusiastically Recommended." --Steve Donoghue, Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews Editor "Wow!...Any reader who enjoys historical fiction, stories with a strong female protagonist, or simply a great work of fiction will love In Liberty's Wake...I highly recommend this debut novel..."--Readers' Favorite Reviewer Chris Fischer ..".The writing is fluid and rich, and indeed fits the theme of the novel...Reading this book does feel like being transported into a different era..."--Readers' Favorite Reviewer Gisela Dixon "I loved this book. Loved. It...I finished reading it days ago, having read it in one sitting, and still find myself thinking about the characters..."--Readers' Favorite Reviewer Tracy Slowiakshow more

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18 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (6)
3 6% (1)
2 11% (2)
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