|The Legacy of Deer Run|
(The Deer Run Saga – Book 3)
Sword of the Spirit Publishing (May 6, 2012)
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 Stars~ *****
An Outstanding Finale to an Exemplary Series
In The Legacy of Deer Run, we read the final story of the Deer Run Saga, written in Elaine Cooper’s indomitably exquisite style that I’ve come to love immensely throughout this series. This third book doesn’t lack any of the charm from the first two and is just as compelling from the very beginning to the crowning end.
The story takes up again in the year 1800. Daniel and Mary Lowe’s twins James and Danny are now 21 years old, but already are facing the devastating hurt of the loss of a loved one. James’ young wife, Anne has only just passed away while giving birth to his daughter. While standing at the gravesite for the burial, Danny’s heart breaks for his twin brother’s overwhelming loss. Unfortunately Danny has to leave shortly after the funeral to return to Springfield to his job at the Armory. As he gallops toward Springfield upon his rented mare, he feels a rage surging through him while contemplating the losses felt so keenly with himself with his first love four years ago, and now with his brother. He wonders if there might be any truth in the gossiping woman’s remarks at the funeral. Could there really be a curse on the Lowe family because of his father’s past as an enemy soldier? Not wanting to take any more chances, Danny makes the tragic decision never to marry.
Susannah Dobbins grief-stricken father has brought her along with him to Springfield from their home of Boston, after his wife had passed away. Susannah is angry about the move and having to leave her friends and life behind. She looks down upon the workers of the Armory, regarding them as of a lower station than herself. So how will she handle the attraction that she feels when she meets Danny, especially when circumstances paint him as a drunkard and a rogue?
At the armory where Danny works, there are enemy spies that bring much danger and destruction. Can Danny come through this unscathed? Who will survive and who were the traitors that attacked right where America’s defenses were being forged?
This wonderful saga covers the whole of the endearing Lowe family we’ve come to love, therefore we also read about James and Danny’s sister, Polly, and a painful situation concerning her parents and the man she’s fallen in love with. Surrounding these circumstances are some of the most heart-rending scenes played out in this story. Polly’s father Daniel is shaken to the core, so is he going to be able to find the forgiveness and the trust needed in this situation?
I’m saddened that this series has drawn to a close, but I have to applaud the author for bringing such a historically rich, spiritually inspiring, and hugely entertaining story and series to her readers. ‘The Legacy of Deer Run’ embraces important issues such as the need for forgiveness and reconciliation, prejudices and judging, deception and bad choices. And in conclusion, let me just say, Elaine Marie Cooper knows how to write romance! You’ll be powerless to prevent yourself smiling from the enjoyable and playful banter between the couples nor stop your heart from fluttering as you lose yourself in the deep love shared betwixt with these warm and loving characters.
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