03 October 2013

Noela Nancarrow reviews 'THE ROAD TO DEER RUN' by Elaine Marie Cooper

The Road to Deer Run

iUniverse (April 5, 2010)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

A Classic Story!

The Road to Deer Run, I believe, is destined to become a classic – it is a charming and exciting tale of the highest quality and with timeless appeal, and displays a gentle but passionate expression of life, love, and truth! This is an incredibly beautiful love story inspired by the true events of a young British soldier’s escape during the Revolutionary War and of the young woman who brought him back from the brink of death.  

It’s 1777 and the young British lieutenant Daniel Lowe is in a long line of starving, wounded and exhausted POW’s marching to Boston, which was still a patriot stronghold. It was when they were on the road to Deer Run that Daniel sees his chance to make his escape.  Shouts of ‘prisoner escaping’ and the sound of musket fire and whistling of lead following him, Daniel sprints for his life, but with an appalling and badly infected wound in his thigh, the lieutenant’s leg finally gives way.

Mary Thomsen, a young farmwoman barely nineteen, comes across the nearly dead body of Daniel Lowe while out gathering leaves and sticks. She is shocked to see that this haggard and terribly injured body belonged to a Redcoat soldier, albeit minus his redcoat. Ever since she’d heard her beloved younger brother Asa had been killed in battle Mary has been despondent and upset. She is now confronted with a soldier of the enemy that took her brother’s life. Feeling torn, she needs to make a choice of whether she is able to help this wounded man.

This vividly written journey of Daniel and Mary is one of courage, hardship and endurance.  Daniel Lowe, a man on enemy soil, experiences frequent fear, difficult conflicts and uncertainty about his future, but the only thing Daniel discovers he really needs, is to be with the woman that saved his life. But will Widow Thomsen, Mary’s mother, accept the man that represents the people who killed her 16 year old son into her home or into her daughter’s life? Not to mention the great danger he would put them all in should the villagers find out he was a King’s soldier?

The fascinating and compelling history that flows throughout this novel has stayed true to the times and lends an aura of authenticity in the story as you read about colonial medical practices, clothes, food, homes and farming of the 18th century. Some things have never changed through the times however and these elements of life and human nature such as trauma, sickness and disease, fear, longing and love, will always be present.

The Road to Deer Run is sweet and tender, yet filled with passion. It’s also exciting and fast-paced, brimming with drama and danger. The characters are realistic with many working their way into your heart with their charming and delightful personalities. This memorable story has surprises around every corner but flows smoothly throughout, drawing you in from the beginning and not letting you go until long after you’ve finished.


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This book may be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore.
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GIVEAWAYS: This week, Elaine will be giving away one each of the Deer Run Saga to three recipients from the reviews featured this week. (Limited to USA winners.)
Overcoming With God will also be giving away a copy of winner's choice of Elaine's books in e-book format. (Open to International winners.)



48 comments:

  1. Oh, pick me! Pick me! Pick me! I want these books so bad. Have wanted them since I first saw them. Thanks Noela for this review. God bless! MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. LOL... you're so funny MAXIE!! You'll have to tell Random.org that though! MAXIE, these are some of my all-time favourite stories and I know you'd love them SO much, so I do hope you get to read them!
      Blessings to you too!

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    2. Random.org selected you, Maxie! CONGRATS!!! This will come from Elaine so I'll need to get your address from you.

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    3. Congrats Maxie! See? Sometimes Random DOES pick you for a win from OWG! Enjoy your book!

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  2. So many great books! I love reading about new books I'm not familiar with. Thanks!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. You are so right SUSAN, there are too many great books available! But the Deer Run saga - are some of the best!! :)

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  3. Oh wow I'm intrigued!! Would be an awesome read!! Fingers crossed I'm selected to be blessed by this give away

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    1. Glad to hear you're intrigued JANICE, because this really is an awesome story! I hope you are blessed also! :)

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  4. Sounds like a good book!

    rdalquis(at)css(dot)edu

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    1. It sure is RACHEL! Thanks for your entry. Blessings!

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  5. The book sounds amazing! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

    colorvibrant[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome HEIDI and thanks for dropping in to read about this amazing book! God bless!

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  6. It sound absolutely fascinating! I love a little history, a little mystery and good clean entertaining type reading that takes you back to "those" times and the lives of people that lived there. Sonja.nishimoto (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. SONJA, this book really takes you back to those times; it truly is a fascinating read!! Bless you!

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  7. Another amazing review, NOELA! I have heard so many wonderful things about this series and need to squeeze them in...but where? :o My TBR stack is full and running over!

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    1. Thanks DIANA! I reckon you need to squeeze them in right near the top!! Once you begin reading, you'll hardly be able to put it down so you'll read it in no time at all! :)

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  8. Great review! This book sounds wonderful!! I love these kinds of situations in stories. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Brittany McEuen

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    1. Thank you BRITTANY, I hope you get to read this book because I know you'll just love it!! Blessings!

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  9. NOELA terrific review!! I need to go back and read Daniel and Mary's story, I fell in love with them in The Promise of Deer Run!

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    1. Thanks TERESA! Yep, I reckon you should - it's the kind of story that can easily be read over and over, and you enjoy it just as much every time! :)

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful review, Noela. I can't wait to read this dramatic love story!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Looking forward to you reading it too BRITNEY!! Dramatic love story is right! ;) You'll love it!!

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  11. I don't know much about the 18th century, so I would love to dive into this book and absorb some new information. I really enjoy love stories too, so this book is right up my alley!
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

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    1. This book is definitely for you then MEGAN as there is a heap of fascinating historic detail in this story, all wrapped up in a beautiful love story! :)

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  12. This book sounds fabulous. As I was reading the review, my thoughts were this is so beautiful and lovely. Hopefully, it will become a classic. Would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. Please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Your name is entered BARBARA, and thank you so much for your comments! I pray you'll get a chance to read this story, I know you'll fall in love with it as I did!

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    2. You are the winner Barbara! Congrats! Elaine will be emailing you and sending you a copy of this book!

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  13. Lovely review. It sounds like it's full of heart tugging emotions, and that's not bad! :)

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    1. Thanks SUSAN! Yep, this story has plenty of emotion in it, and a bit of everything else as well!! :) God bless!

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  14. I would love to read these, looks like a good read!

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    1. It is a great read BECKY, and I really hope you get to read all three of these awesome books!!

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  15. Dear Noela, I don't know what to say. I am overwhelmed by your lovely reviews, first of "Fields of the Fatherless," and now of "The Road to Deer Run." "Thank you" does not begin to express my appreciation. May the Lord bless you! Elaine

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    1. You're welcome ELAINE, it was my PLEASURE to read all these great stories, and to review them! Thanks for writing them! :) Blessings to you Elaine!

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  16. This sounds like a fabulous book! Would love to read it.
    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It really is a fabulous book BETTI, and I hope you get to read it soon! God bless!

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  17. I have wanted to read this series for so long now and now I want to read it even more! :) Thank you for the giveaway! :D

    Blessings, Amada

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. Lol, that's great AMADA! Sounds to me like you're going to have to grab these books Amada... that's if, you don't win them! God bless you!

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    2. :D Yes ma'am, I do! Thank you, and God bless you also! Happy writing!

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  18. This book sounds soo good. Would love to win and read this book.

    seraphinangel7@aol.com

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    1. It is JUANITA! :) All the best with your entry in the contest. Blessings to you!

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  19. I do love the idea of this story becoming a classic. A very helpful review thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thank you and you're welcome MARY! I so wish everyone could read this very compelling story! Blessings!

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  20. I love the cover, being a major in art I so love artwork and visual appeal. It attracts me to books most of the time weither it is art in painting form or photo form. I love reading reviews and I love meeting new authors and seeing new series I can read and love coming here to do most my reading to find out the real story behind the story.
    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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    1. This whole series sounds awesome and I love all the covers. I will have to say that Historical Fiction has stolen my heart. I back 20 some years ago started reading prairie type stories since I grew up on little house and that led to reading some historical fiction on LDS that was set here in NY where I grew up, but I was living in NH then. I had little time for reading when I returned to NY as a single divorced mom in 2000. But after I remarried in 2001 I started reading again since I was in an accident that left me in a wheel chair for 10 months and I have to say that I truely love the way that Historical Christian Fiction has evolved into a wonderful and enjoying genre that I can't put down. Well I do occasionally to read a health related book or devotional ! I loved this review and now I am hoping to win so I can read the whole series and review it on my blog.
      Blessings
      Linda Finn
      Faithful Acres Books
      http://www.faithfulacresbooks.wordpress.com

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    2. LINDA, that's a blessing and an honour that you come here to read up on a lot of books to see what they're all about. Thank you! I agree the artwork is visually appealing on these covers, and a contrast to most covers of historical fiction... and like you also, I LOVE this genre and how it has grown and evolved so much over the years! I wish you all the best in winning, and if you have them on your blog, you'll have to let me know and I'll pop over to say Hello! :) The Deer Run Saga are one of my favourite series of books, and by what you've shared LINDA, I can tell you'll love them as much as I do when you read them! :) God bless!!

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  21. Just love this storyline, & would love to read the book - full of emotion, love, & suspense. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. BONNIE I agree, the storyline is fantastic and an extremely captivating read. Wishing you all the best with your entry Bonnie!! Blessings!

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