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The Tory Maid   By: (1869-)

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In "The Tory Maid" by Herbert Baird Stimpson, readers are transported to the tumultuous times of the American Revolution, where loyalties are tested, love blossoms amidst chaos, and courage is paramount. Set during the war for independence, this historical fiction novel offers a captivating blend of meticulously researched facts and a compelling narrative that will transport readers to a defining era in American history.

The story revolves around the protagonist, Deborah Moody, a young woman of mixed heritage who finds herself caught between her Loyalist family's expectations and her desire for freedom. As tensions escalate, Deborah's unwavering patriotism and staunch support for the Revolutionary cause become apparent, leading her on a treacherous path of intrigue, danger, and personal sacrifice.

Stimpson's attention to detail is evident throughout the novel, as his rich descriptions skillfully recreate the atmosphere of the time period. From the bustling streets of New York to the crimson battlefields of Saratoga, readers will find themselves completely immersed in the captivating and dangerous world of the American Revolution. The author's extensive research shines through in the authentic historical context, which adds depth and credibility to the storyline.

What truly sets "The Tory Maid" apart is its exploration of the complexities of love, loyalty, and identity in times of war. Deborah's relationships with her loved ones, friends, and even enemies, are beautifully depicted and woven into the narrative, allowing readers to connect with her on a personal level. The conflict she faces between her roots and her ideals creates an emotional depth that resonates throughout the story, making it more than just a historical account.

One of the book's strengths lies in its well-rounded and relatable characters. Deborah's fierce determination, intelligence, and unwavering commitment to her beliefs make her a compelling protagonist. The supporting characters add complexity and depth to the narrative, offering varying perspectives on the revolution and highlighting the diverse range of motivations and allegiances during this pivotal time in American history.

While the pacing of the novel is generally consistent, there were moments when the plot felt slightly predictable or rushed. Additionally, some readers might find the occasional digressions into historical details disruptive to the flow of the story. However, these minor setbacks do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, "The Tory Maid" is a well-crafted historical fiction novel that successfully transports readers to the tumultuous times of the American Revolution. Through an engaging narrative and well-researched historical context, Herbert Baird Stimpson offers a thought-provoking exploration of loyalty, love, and the sacrifices made for freedom. Fans of historical fiction will find themselves captivated by this vividly written tale of an extraordinary young woman's fight for liberty.

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The Tory Maid

By HERBERT BAIRD STIMPSON

New York Dodd, Mead and Company

[Illustration: (decorative borders)]

Copyright, 1898, by H. B. STIMPSON.

To Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Hall Harrison this volume is affectionately inscribed by the Author

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. WE START FOR THE WAR 1

II. WE MEET THE MAID 10

III. A FLASH OF STEEL 24

IV. THE RED COCKADE 34

V. SIR SQUIRE OF TORY DAMES 44

VI. A TALE IS TOLD 55

VII. THE DEFIANCE OF THE TORY 68

VIII. THE BLACK COCKADE 77

IX. THE RED TIDE OF BLOOD 89

X. THE HARRYING OF THE TORY 107

XI. THE COUNCIL OF SAFETY 118

XII. THE VETO OF A MAID 132

XIII. THE GREETING OF FAIR LIPS 146

XIV. THE RETURN OF THE TORY 156

XV. THE FLAG OF TRUCE 166

XVI. THE BALL OF MY LORD HOWE 176

XVII. AN EXCHANGE OF COURTESIES 187

XVIII. THE CROSSING OF SWORDS 196

XIX. THE SANDS OF MONMOUTH 206

XX. IN THE LINES OF THE ENEMY 222

XXI. THE PASSING OF YEARS 230

XXII. THE COMING OF THE MAID 238

The Tory Maid

CHAPTER I

WE START FOR THE WAR

I, James Frisby of Fairlee, in the county of Kent, on the eastern shore of what was known in my youth as the fair Province of Maryland, but now the proud State of that name, growing old in years, but hearty and hale withal, though the blood courses not through my veins as in the days of my youth, sit on the great porch of Fairlee watching the sails on the distant bay, where its gleaming waters meet the mouth of the creek that runs at the foot of Fairlee... Continue reading book >>




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