Daynard, in her debut historical novel, delivers an epic tale of one courageous woman’s adventures during the Revolutionary War.
It’s 1775, and Lizzie Boylston, a newlywed living in Braintree, Mass., finds herself alone in the world after her husband dies in battle. Drawing upon her own fierce intelligence, Lizzie shakes off her grief to create a new life for herself. Lizzie uses her knowledge of medicine to become a midwife who aids women during difficult, high-risk deliveries. The kind and witty Abigail Adams—the wife of Founding Father John Adams—gives Lizzie encouragement and support and proves herself a caring, loyal friend. Lizzie sets aside her envy of Abigail’s marriage, and of other women’s children and families, as she becomes stronger and more self-assured. However, Lizzie’s freedom is put to the test when a man endeavors to court her. Meanwhile, after Lizzie suspects her friend Martha of being a spy for the British, she longs to take part in the colonial cause in any way she can. She finds the strength and courage to become a spy herself and risks everything for her country. Daynard’s dramatic tale cleverly parallels the story of a woman establishing her independence with that of America finding its own, and her portrayal of Lizzie and Abigail’s friendship is particularly endearing. This humorous, exciting and touching story retells the familiar saga of the Revolutionary War in a stunning new way that feels fresh and alive, and Lizzie emerges as a dynamic heroine who pushes against the boundaries of her time.
A clever story of sacrifice and glory during America’s fight for independence.