DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT by Elswyth Thane


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Elswyth Thane has a faculty for bringing other times -- other places to life, and her picture of Williamsburg, when the unrest leading to the Revolution was under way, is no exception. One can see life going on around one in the pictures she makes. But the story, while -- as always, charmingly told -- has little new to offer, and follows an established design. An English youth, newly orphaned, is taken into the friendship of the towns leaders, given a helping hand and a job to his liking, and his Tory Leanings, natural in his ignorance of matters colonial, are minimized until the heat of battle is upon them. He has met and loved the girl his closest friend loves -- and attempts to stay loyally away from her; he scarcely thinks of a lovely available girl, who can see him; and he befriends a ten-year-old twin girl, who, with her brother, becomes his shadow, at school or in free hours. There's a good picture of the fast-thickening war clouds, of the changing attitude towards Tory thinking -- and eventually Julian realizes that his roots have gone deep, his loyalty is to the colonies, and he enlists. Closeup of the Carolina campaigns, pen portraits of some of the leaders -- and, after a checkered career of misunderstandings, Sprague finds that his lady love is true to him, and Julian discovers that Tibby, his child playmate, has grown up over night, and holds his heart in her hands. Even the lovely Regina finds compensation for Julian's defection. All's well that ends well. Pleasant but not important.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1943
ISBN: 1568494750
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce