This well-done historical fiction set on Long Island chronicles the story of two prisoners of the French and Indian War who have been sent to live with a local family. Tensions are high as the French have caused grievous harm to the family. However, the patriarch of the family welcomes the men and comes to admire one of them. A romance develops between one of the prisoners and the daughter of the household.
Alternating with the historical story is the story set in modern times of a young woman from a prominent family who has come back to the town to run the local historical site where the original family lived. There are rumors about ghosts and about a tragic love story. She must use her research abilities to determine the truth as well as heal divisions in her own family resulting from her father fleeing to Canada as a draft resistor during the Vietnam War.
Both time periods have concurrent somewhat idealized love stories but the history and setting are the primary focus. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Reviewed by Teresa G on Oct 17, 2018
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