The books in this series are not sequential. Rather, they show different locations and events involving the American Revolutionary War.
Caleb’s father is serving with Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys as the long-anticipated open war against the British rages up and down the length of Lake Champlain. Between his duties on the family farm and constant worry about his father’s safety, the young man’s attentions are already fully occupied when a fateful encounter with an unlikely neighbor changes everything. Pulled into new intrigues and new friendships, Caleb finds himself on a path that changes his life – and which will affect the outcome of the whole war.
“As a window into the era of the Revolutionary War, it would be a good way to interest students in history as a series of stories rather than a a dry, boring list of dates.”
“This novel had the perfect mixture of fact and fiction to create an entertaining story and at the same time piqued my interest in learning more about the Revolutionary War and the Lake Champlain area.”
“If you have a teen who doesn’t see how history is relevant to them, put this book in front of them – they will identify with the young people depicted here. These are ordinary people dealing with the extraordinary events.”
Experience of the Quakers with a close-up view of the aftermath of Lexington and Concord on the family of a blacksmith in the town of Trenton, New Jersey. Through wrenching loss and incredible personal change, Robert Harris guides his family through the daily hazards of war. He must struggle to find clear guidance while navigating the twin threats of a potential loss of religious freedom under renewed British rule and the violation of his most deeply-held beliefs in non-violence, should he join the resistance.
“I must take a moment and emphasize the beauty of Hedbor’s prose. Each sentence is weighty, substantial and artful.”
“Just like in The Prize…where my interest was piquéd into learning more about the American Revolution, I am now curious to learn more about the Quakers and understanding their religious beliefs.”
As the quiet cycle of life in the forested realm of the Skarure is shattered by the outbreak of war between the British and Colonial forces, the old alliances of the Haudenosaunee Confederation are pulled in divergent directions, pitting brother against brother, even within the clans. Thrust into the middle of this maelstrom, young Joseph Killeen will rely upon the guidance of an unexpected community to decide not only what is right and wrong, but ultimately, who he even is.
“The story’s well done, and I enjoyed the insight and respect given to a people, victims really, long forgotten and overlooked in the circumstances that devoured them.”
“The Smoke very effectively illustrates the pressures facing the Turscarora people: the continuing encroachment of American settlers and loss of Indian land, the long arms of an American/European conflict that was not their own, the tough decision to choose against the larger Iroquois council, and the struggle to hold on to a culture doomed to extinction by a stronger invader.”
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A hardworking tobacco farmer in the Carolina Uplands, Justin Harris wants only to provide for his family. The outbreak of revolution turns his life upside down, and he cannot anticipate how even his seemingly most inconsequential actions will touch the lives of generations yet to come. Through crushing setbacks and hard-won victories, Justin’s perseverance serves as a gift to his descendants.
“As ever, Mr. Hedbor’s strength lie in his ability to make the past come alive by giving it a face and a name and a heart.”
“Being a fan of both history and genealogy, this book had much appeal for me.”
“Lars Hedbor has a magical way of bringing the revolution alive for the reader and this newest addition to the series does not disappoint.”
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Susannah Mills is trying to put the pieces of her shattered life back together after she and her father flee their erstwhile neighbors in rebellious Massachusetts.When the American War of Independence visits the safe haven they have found in Nova Scotia, she must rely on her inner strength and help from new friends to keep her skin in one piece.
“Between the narrative and the correspondence between two friends, Susannah and Emma, we learn that there truly are two sides to every story–even the ones we think we know well.”
“This story, which is told from the Loyalist’s point of view, offers a unique historical spin and at the same time, a story which comes across as genuine, sincere and quite believable.”
“It was a stark reminder though that there were good and bad on both sides. I appreciated that Mr. Hedbor chose the less common path in the weaving of his story.”
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The American Revolution Reaches the Gulf Coast
Gabriel is a simple sailor, doing the bidding of his Captain and King, when he is swept up in a storm that changes his life in ways that he could never have anticipated.
Carlotta yearns for her lost home, and is searching for her lost husband, but both remain elusive in a world that has been turned upside-down by forces far outside of her control.
When the storm that is Governor Bernardo de Gálvez breaks over them both, neither will ever be the same — and nor will their world.
“Hedbor has made this period more accessible and the history more intimate in the same way the James Michener, James Clavell, and Michael Shaara did in their historical fiction.”
“I’ve become a dedicated Lars Hedbor fan. In his Tales of a Revolution series, he takes little-known stories of the Revolutionary War and brings them to life with flair and beauty. Each one has deeply satisfied the history buff within me. And The Wind, in my opinion, is his most dramatic novel yet.”
George and his family are busy eking out a living on a hardscrabble farm in Maine, as the American Revolution rages around them. Louise takes no guff from anyone, even the British soldiers who patrol their occupied town. As darkness descends over their coastal outpost, their paths cross, setting off a shocking chain of events that will change their lives.
“Hedbor books always have exquisite vernacular in the dialogue between characters. It’s one of my favorite elements. But this one also had a dry wit that made me laugh on several occasions. One of the most interesting scenes is when a (true to history) scientific team arrives on the island to chart a total solar eclipse. I found the portrayal of the era’s scientific knowledge and methods fascinating.”
CIR: How do you go about writing your historical novels?
HEDBOR: I write exceptionally quickly, having formed my writing habits as a participant in the National Novel Writing Month. I typically sit down after dinner in the evening with a goal of a couple thousand words before I go to bed. I do my research as I go, and this typically takes a lot more time than the actual writing. I’m typically finished with the first draft within a month or so. I’ll then set the book aside for as much as a year or longer, so that I can approach edits with a fresh eye. (Yes, this means that I am currently sitting on a backlog of three more completed books at this time.) I don’t typically plot out a book ahead of time; instead, I immerse myself in the historical context, set up my characters, and let them lead me through the story, reacting as the historically-known events unfold around them.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this series?
HEDBOR: One of the under-appreciated facts of history is that it’s often shaped in really important ways by people whose names and stories aren’t recorded in our history books. The choices we make as individuals may seem meaningless and petty, but each of us has the ability to – deliberately or not! – change the course of the world, even if we never really see the effects of our actions. More importantly, though, I want my readers to be able to escape the classroom experience of history, the sense that it’s dull and consists of nothing more than a dry progression of forgettable names and even more forgettable dates. History is composed of stories, each of them as compelling as the most fascinating person we know. I do my best to tell some of those stories, and in the process, to bring history to life, and make it a whole lot less boring.
CIR: So, are you targeting history students?
HEDBOR: I don’t set out to write for young adults, although the educational aspects of good historical fiction can light them up to learn more about the events that their history classes are trying to quash their interest in. Too, my protagonists are often young people – again, despite the common conception of the American Revolution as having been conducted by old men in powdered wigs, it was in many ways a conflict between young people over the shape of their future nation.
CIR: Is there any content that some readers might find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the books?
HEDBOR: These novels take place during a time of war and great passions, and so there is a certain amount of violence depicted. It is not glorified, however, and the impacts on those who commit acts of violence are explored, as well.
CIR: You mention other books backlogged in your files. Is there more coming?
HEDBOR: My intent is to write a novel for each of the Colonies and there are probably irresistible stories elsewhere in the era that I’ll wind up needing to tell, also.
Learn more about Lars D. H. Hedbor and his writing at larshedbor.com