28 January 2016

Noela reviews ROAD TO DEER RUN by Elaine Cooper

Road to Deer Run
Road to Deer Run
by Elaine Marie Cooper
CrossRiver Media Group; 2 Edition (November 1, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****
Healing of the spirit, soul, and body... Along the road to Deer Run

I was ecstatic to have the chance to read this re-release of ‘Road to Deer Run’! It is one of those extraordinarily rare stories that imparts an enduring and stirring impression upon the heart of the reader. With ever-present fears, dramatic moments, and exquisite love replete throughout, this book will have you foregoing everything else as you traverse the road to Deer Run.

American colonist Mary Thomsen, barely nineteen, is grieving deeply for the loss of her younger brother Asa—cruelly taken by the war between the American colonies and the mother country. When Mary is out collecting oak leaves in the woods on her widowed mother’s land, she stumbles across a grossly injured and near-dying King’s soldier. Does Mary possess the compassion and bravery needed to help the enemy?

British Lieutenant Daniel Lowe, a prisoner of war, was marching towards Boston with his starving, wounded, and exhausted men. Fearing he’ll never survive what’s ahead, he makes a daring escape into nearby woods. Partially hidden in bushes, Daniel lies there exhausted, freezing, and waiting for death to spirit him away from this hell on earth. Before that transpires, an angel or perhaps the enemy by the name of Mary Thomsen, appears by his side.

Incapacitated on enemy soil, Daniel has no option other than to trust his guardian angel, but is he placing Mary and her patriotic family at terrible risk? In danger of also being wounded are the hearts of Daniel and Mary as they unsuccessfully endeavor to quell their burgeoning affection. Will the hostilities of war destroy this union when secrets begin to surface? What will become of this former redcoat during the birth of this new nation?

Riveting and realistic, ‘Road to Deer Run’ effortlessly ferries the reader back to 1777 to a much simpler life in Massachusetts, during the Revolutionary war. Fascinating history and a storyline based on fact, as well as one of the greatest love stories I’ve ever had the pleasure to read—makes this a book you don’t want to miss! Late nights, smiles, and tears are guaranteed!


*Thank you to Elaine Cooper and CrossRiver Media Group for a copy of Road to Deer Run for review purposes. The review is entirely my own opinion.*


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Available for purchase at these places: Amazon; Barnes & Noble; CrossRiver Media

GIVEAWAY: Elaine Cooper is generously giving away a paperback copy of Road To Deer Run to one blessed commenter! **Outside of US e-book only.** Leave your email to be eligible using the words (at) and (dot) to protect yourself against spammers.



50 comments:

  1. Wonderful review NOELA of a beautiful story. Makes me want to go back and read it again. Elaine is a talented writer.

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    1. You really should, TERESA! I enjoyed it JUST as much the second time. And I could easily read it again; it is such a beautiful and exciting story! :-)

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  2. Awesome review, Noela! This sounds like a terrific read that I would surely enjoy. The cover is lovely as well.

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    1. MARIAN, I know without a doubt you will enjoy this amazing story!! I agree, the cover is just so beautiful and expressive.

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  3. An exquisite review, Noela - thank you!! I loved this book - the drama, realistic characters, and tender romance left me with a warm mental picture that embraced my heart long after I finished reading!!

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    1. It has that effect upon you, doesn't it BONNIE?! I wish everyone could read this wonderful story!

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  4. Noela, I am in awe over your lovely review. A mere "thanks" does not seem sufficient. But thank you with all my heart! You bless me and I am grateful! Hugs, Elaine

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    1. Thank you so much ELAINE, your words have blessed me! I'm just so grateful you wrote that story and have blessed so many readers with your gift, and in sharing a part of your fascinating history! Hugs!

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  5. Such a wonderful review. I will have to check out this book. brendak081018(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Brenda, and I pray the story blesses you!

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  6. This looks like a beautiful and intriguing book. I love this time period! Thanks for the review and chance to win a copy! betherin02 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I love the time period of the American Revolution, as well, Beth! Growing up in Massachusetts, I was immersed in the history and the passion still lives in my heart. I hope you are blessed by my novel.

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  7. Wonderful review Noela for this fascinating, gripping story. Like you, I stayed up late reading it when I should have been in bed. It is on my favorite book shelf.
    Blessings,Tina

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  8. Great review Noela, as always. Did you say this is a re-release?! This sounds so intriguing, especially the historical aspect of it. Loving your enemy? Intriguing! Will need to add this to my TBR shelf. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. justcommonly at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, "Road to Deer Run" was self-published in 2010. It is Book 1 in the Deer Run Saga and was re-released last month. The entire saga was contracted with a Christian publisher and the 2 sequels will be released in June, 2016 ("Promise of Deer Run") and December 2016 ("Legacy of Deer Run"). It will have all new edits, new covers and questions for book clubs. I hope you enjoy the series. Blessings!

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  9. I just want to give the girl on the cover a hug. A wonderful review thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I agree, Mary. I think the model did an excellent job. :)

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  10. Wonderful review, Noela. This is a fabulous story and like has been mentioned earlier, very hard to put down until finished! Looking forward to the sequels :)

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  11. This sounds like such a good book. That is one of my favorite periods of history. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Best wishes in the drawing, Susan. Whether you win or not, I hope you get to read and enjoy my book. Blessings!

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  12. Sounds like a fantastic story! And the cover is beautiful!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    lientjiehuman(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

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  13. Wow! This book sounds wonderful! Thanks for the review & chance to win!
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. It truly is, ROBIN! I pray you get to read this amazing book soon because I know it will touch your heart as it did mine. All the best with your entry!

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  14. Your review is absolutely amazing, NOELA! I haven't had the pleasure of reading this one of Elaine's. Thanks for your lovely description!

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    1. Thank you but OHMYGOSH you will have to rectify that my cohort!! ;) This is one of those books that are a MUST read!! My words don't even go anywhere close in doing justice to this book!

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  15. I've always wanted to read this! LOVE the new cover! I've heard such great things about it and this is a beautiful review Noela! :)

    Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Get that book right up the top of your TBR pile, AMADA, you won't regret it! Thank you for your sweet words. I wish you all the best in winning this amazing book!

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  16. Oh, I love the cover of this book as well as the title. For me, they both draw me to this book and I would love to read it.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm sure Elaine will be thrilled to hear that, MELANIE! You'll love the story too, Melanie! :-)

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  17. I want to read this book!

    Gpk1946 (at) gmail dot com

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    1. You're in the draw, PHYLLIS, so here's hoping you get to read it even sooner! It's an amazing read!!

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  18. I'd love to win! It looks great!
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It IS great, KATE! :-) I hope you get to find that out soon!

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  19. I found out about this book fr an author friend yesterday and bought it immediately! I couldn't put it down and finished it last night. It was fantastic! I now rank it as one of my top novels I love ever. It really spoke to me on many levels, plus the story was excellent and wonderfully written. I cannot wait for yhe bext two books in the series to come out. I also sure would love more about the lives of the main characters in this story too.

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    1. It's so great to hear you say that about Road to Deer Run, CONNIE! I feel the same way... It's a novel that lives permanently on top of my favorites list! :-)

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    1. Haha it really is fabulous, MARGARET, just like yours... And yes, you need to read it right now! ;) Hugs!!

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    1. Thanks KIM, and thank you for coming by to read about Elaine's book!!

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  22. Thank you so much, Noela, for this wonderful review! Because of your review and the fact I love the title and cover of the book, I would so love to win this historically based novel. I think it should already be on the best sellers' list, etc. Thank you for this contest. Sincerely, Mary Lou K flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. MARY LOU, I also think it should be on the best sellers list!! And I think it easily could as more people read it and spread the word how wonderful it is! Thank you so much for coming by to read about it. And all the best with your entry! God bless.

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  23. A wonderful review, Noela! I've had the pleasure of reading "Road to Deer Run". I enjoyed it so much. I loved the fact that Elaine based her characters on members of her own family tree from a few generations back. Such a beautiful story! Please don't enter me in the drawing as I have a copy of the book. Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by ANGI and sharing your experience of Road to Deer Run! It is fascinating history and an incredible story!! Bless you Angi and have a great weekend too! :-)

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  24. I love historical fiction! Especially American history... I feel like I learned something each time I pick up a book of historical fiction.

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. PATTY, you'll especially love this book for all the fascinating history contained within its pages then!

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