Author: Elaine Marie Cooper
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First off, let me just say that I loved this book! There were minor point of view shifts, but that did not detract from the wonderful storytelling of Ms. Cooper. The attention to detail and historically factual setting brought a vivid picture to my mind and engaging characters really drew me into their story. I felt as though I was right there with Mary and Daniel, experiencing God’s provident hand upon their lives.
Ms. Cooper has a keen ability to pour on the details with effective word pictures, while keeping the prose flowing smoothly. I love this example from her work: “The story of Oliver unfolded slowly at first, like a small crack in a huge dam. But once the pressure of the distress had become too much for the edifice to bear, the tale poured out like a raging flood.”
The Road to Deer Run is a sweet love story that takes place during the year of 1777 in Massachusetts. Daniel Lowe is a wounded British Soldier and prisoner of war and through God’s hand of providence a young colonial woman, Mary Thomsen finds him in the woods. She and her family help nurse him back to health. Without spoiling the ending for you, it is a true romance and you won’t be disappointed in the end.
I hated putting this book down in between chapters and couldn’t wait to finish reading the rest of the story. Ms. Cooper has hit a home run with The Road to Deer Run. Although this is her first novel, it reads like the novel of a seasoned professional. It’s a must read and I look forward to reading more of her work.
Check out this excerpt from The Road to Deer Run
He stared at the clear December night sky, lost in the sight of thousands of stars pulsating in the darkness.
They sat quietly for a few moments. They were both overwhelmed by the contrast of the beauty of creation against the ugly tales of war.
Mary finally broke the silence, her voice thick from crying.
“You must realize that Oliver loved you. He knew you had made the right decision when you stopped Ensign Gray at that farm. That is what he was trying to tell you before … he died.”
“I had not thought so—until now. My father does not know about Oliver. The last words he spoke to me in England were ‘Look after your brother, Daniel. See that he is safe.’ I am sure I have disappointed him completely.”
“Many men fall in war, Daniel Lowe. Only God decides who walks off the battlefield.”
Her words caught his attention and he stared long and hard at Mary.
“You called me Daniel,” he said.
Mary seemed surprised by the revelation.
“I suppose I did.”
“May I call you Mary?”
“I suppose you may. But not when my mother is nearby.”
Daniel could not help but smile as he wiped the rest of the tears from his eyes.
“It is settled then,” he said.
“Yes, it is settled,” she replied with a smile.
She stood up from the edge of his bed and removed the quilt from her shoulders.
“I must go,” she said.
Daniel held tightly to her hand.
“I wish you could stay,” was all he said.
Mary wanted to stay with all of her heart. She prayed for the strength to resist the temptation.
“I cannot,” she said. As he released her hand, Mary looked at him thoughtfully. “You must feel very alone here, so far from home.”
Daniel stared at her for a long while before answering.
“Not when I am with you, Mary.”