04 October 2013

Teresa Mathews Reviews 'THE PROMISE OF DEER RUN' by Elaine Cooper

The Promise of Deer Run
iUniverse Publishing

Reviewed by Teresa S Mathews
5 Stars*****

In this stirring story set in 1790 America, we meet Nathaniel Stearns, a young man of nineteen. Nathaniel has seen way too much horror in the three years since he left home to join the fight against England. When the cheer goes up that the war is over, instead of being relieved or elated Nathaniel stops to think about some of the horrors he has seen. The most shocking is the death of his best friend, who one minute was alive and well then the next taken down by the enemy's fire. The sight of that still haunts him in his dreams some nights. When his father Sergeant Benjamin Stearns asks him to leave immediately for home, Nathaniel is more than excited to do so. His Father promises to follow as soon as possible.

When Nathaniel arrives back in Deer Run, he is shocked to find his mother and siblings are not there to greet him. It seems while he and his father were fighting a war his mother was home fighting to keep the farm going but after losing that battle and Nathaniel's younger brother she gives up and moves to Boston to live with her sister. After a quick visit to see his mother, Nathaniel goes home to Deer Run to await his Father's return; which seems is never going to happen.

For eight long years Nathaniel struggles to keep the faith that his Father will one day come home. During those years he has learned it is better to stay to himself than face the people that think he is mad to still hold onto the hope that his Father will return. Not Sarah Thomsen, she tells him it is important for one to hold onto faith. Will Sarah be the one to help bring Nathaniel out of his self imposed exile?

If you are looking for a beautiful tale that will touch your heart as you read it, this is for you. Elaine Cooper knows how to use her pen as a tool to draw you into the story and keep you engaged until the end. She has taken a time in the history of America that was pivotal to our obtaining freedom from England and painted a moving story of what our forefathers had to endure for us to possess our freedom today. 

You can find this book at 
Amazon, and Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million
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GIVEAWAYThis week, Elaine will be giving away one each of the Deer Run Saga books to three winning 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)


29 comments:

  1. Awesome review TERESA, it brings back memories of a story that touched my soul and spirit deeply!! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks NOELA, I am going to have to get the rest of the Deer Run Series. They are so beautifully written! :)

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  2. The Promise of Deer Run, sounds like a great book, please enter me to win i hope
    Shirley B jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. Hi SHIRLEY, here's hoping you win!! Thank for coming by!

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  3. This review is really captivating. I am sure this will be a fascinating read. I love books that "touch the heart". Sonja.nishimoto (at) gmail (dot) com Thank you for the opportunity!

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    1. SONJA so glad you came by and I agree this book is quite captivating! :)

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  4. I agree with all the above comments! This is such a beautifully written, touching review, TERESA. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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    1. DIANA you are going to have to add this one to that mountain of a TBR pile! :)

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  5. It sounds like a great story and the review made me want to read it even more! a_stonecipher@yahoo.com

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    1. ANONYMOUS go glad my review inspired you to want to read this touching story. Thanks for coming by!

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  6. Such a wonderful review, Teresa! I can't wait to read this 'beautiful tale that will touch your heart."

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. BRITNEY I know it will touch your heart too, there's nothing like a book that finds it's way into your heart. :)

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  7. Please enter me. I'd be thrilled to win!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. RUBY I would be thrilled for you to win also!! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. You are a WINNER per random.org!!! Congrats!!!

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  8. Teresa this is a great review. It draws interest to see exactly how the story ends. I love to read how others interpret a book, esp. one that I have read. No this one I have not read. I would be honored if I won. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. Thanks KATRINA! There is a lot more goodies in this that I didn't even scratch the surface on, I know you will love it. Good luck in the drawing!

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  9. Thanks, Teresa, for an intriguing review and a glimpse into the story. Yes, this goes on the TBR pile.
    Thanks for the opportunity to receive a copy. AJHawkeauthor at aol dot com

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    1. AJ so glad you dropped by and I hope you get to read this soon. I know how that TBR pile goes. :)

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  10. Teresa, this review just arrived in my in-box. I must say this book is dear to my heart. I think of all the characters in my novels, I identify the most with Sarah. ;-) Thank you for a wonderful review of a book that is precious to my heart. Just as an FYI, "The Promise of Deer Run" won Best Romance at the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival. I was very touched that a Christian book could win at a secular contest! Blessings and thank you again! Elaine

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    1. ELAINE I can see why! It is such a heart-touching story! I am honored that I was able to review it. I'm so glad it was on the top of my TBR pile! lol

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  11. Thank you for your review. This does sound like a beautiful read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. MARY you are very welcome, it was a pleasure to read and review this wonderful book.

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  12. I'd love to read this book! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

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    1. MEGAN I sure hope you will be reading it soon! Good Luck in the drawing!

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  13. Hello to my OWG buddies. Hope you are all well. I loved this review Teresa. Very well done. This sounds so good. Guess might have to ck. out the used book stores to see if any are available there. I must have them at some time. Please put my name in. Elaine, these books sound great! Thanks for writing them. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  14. Can only imagine the angst Nathaniel suffers, when after enduring the affects of war - finds he has no family to come home to, & the emotion involved in waiting so many years for his father to come home. Really want to read this book, & appreciate the chance to win a copy!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. The book sounds absolutely great
    God bless you
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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  16. Please do not enter me in the drawing because I have all three of the books. Just wanted to say that this is an awesome series! When you read one book, you will definitely want to get the other two to read. Elaine is a wonderful author, and has written an awesome series!
    Blessings......Joy
    ibjoy1953[at]yahoo.com

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