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Bastille Day Cover Reveal: NYT Best-Selling Author Stephanie Dray’s The Women of Chateau Lafayette #coverreveal #histfic @stephaniehdray

Today, July 14, marks Bastille Day, commemorating the major event that ushered in the French Revolution. It’s celebrated by the French as Fete nationale or the national day of France in which they celebrate their unity and peace. I read that this year, President Macron has also decided to celebrate all their frontline and essential workers during this Covid crisis, which is fantastic.

In celebration of Bastille day, I’m showcasing the cover reveal for New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Dray for her next book (coming in March 2021) called THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE. I’m very fond of Stephanie as a person and as an author so I’m pleased to do so, and as well, I’m very excited for this book! Isn’t the cover gorgeous? I love it. Check it out and read about the book below. I know if you’re not already excited, you will be now as well! Let us know what you think in the comments.

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I’ve always loved reading about Marquis de Lafayette and we’d not quite be America without him! If by chance you don’t know of him, he fought with the American colonists against the British in the American Revolution. More than that, he was a mastermind and one of George Washington’s closest friends (Lafayette was very young when he came over to fight during the American Revolution, and an orphan, and so it was more like a father/son relationship). His idealism helped spark France into the French Revolution after he returned. There is a reason so many places in America are named after Lafayette, because he was a hero. In Lafayette Square, which is the beautiful park located in Washington D.C. at the White House, is a cool statue honoring his legacy here. My son, who goes to school at George Washington University nearby and studies American Revolution and Colonial History, often studied and ate lunch near it before Covid sent him home to us for safety. He is also a huge Lafayette fan, and truthfully, made me open my eyes to learn more about him myself. I loved hearing and seeing photos as he took in all around him, including all the inspired French architecture!

Now, with Stephanie’s book, I’m looking forward to reading and learning about the woman in Lafayette’s life, their time in France during the revolution, and the intertwining of generations of women experiencing wartime scenarios and the decisions they had to make as well. I will never tire of reading these women’s stories because to me, they are truly heroes as well.


About the book – 

An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy in three of humanity’s darkest hours.

 Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women…

A founding mother…

1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband’s political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must choose to renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

A daring visionary…

1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Astor Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing – not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France and delivering war-relief over dangerous seas, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what’s right.

A reluctant resistor…

1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan’s self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become.

Intricately woven and beautifully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we find from standing together in honor of those who came before us.

THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE by New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray (Berkley hardcover; on-sale March 30, 2021).

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Q & A with Stephanie Dray –

This of course is not one of my original interviews but upon reading it from the Berkley publicist, I decided I must include it for my readers as Stephanie’s answers give you such a good point of view of where the book is coming from. Hopefully, I’ll have a lengthier interview with her next year!

What made you fall in love with Adrienne Lafayette and why do you think readers will fall for her as you did?

Thanks to a popular musical, the Marquis de Lafayette is known to a new generation as “America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman”- and there’s good reason for that. He’s easily the most lovable of our Founding Fathers, and his wife, whom he called his dear heart, is just as lovable if not more so. Adrienne was our French Founding Mother, so right up my alley as a heroine, but at first I worried she was too sweet, devoted, and forgiving. In short, too gentle for a novel. Little did I realize that more than any other historical heroine I’ve ever written, Adrienne fought and sacrificed for her principles, courageously threw herself into danger, confronted tyrants, and endured trials that would have broken lesser mortals. She truly humbles me, and when I talk about the Lafayette legacy, I think of it as every bit as much hers as it is his.

 How long did it take you to write this book? Did the story evolve as you researched, or did you always know you wanted to take on the lives of these particular women?

I was always interested in Lafayette – an interest that grew as Laura Kamoie and I co-authored America’s First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton. I think I had the germ of the idea for a Lafayette novel at least seven years ago, but I had other projects in the way. And I was always in search of an angle that would be fresh and unique. That came to me when I discovered that Lafayette’s castle in Auvergne, which had been purchased and renovated by Americans, served to shelter Jewish children from the Nazis. Knowing how deeply the Lafayettes both felt about religious freedom, I knew this would have pleased them, and it touched me. I was then determined to know which Americans had purchased the chateau, and when I found out, yet another glorious chapter in the Lafayette legacy was born. That’s when the story took shape for me about one special place on this earth where, generation after generation, faith has been kept with principles of liberty and humanity. I find that very inspirational, now more than ever.

 The book is centered around Lafayette’s castle, the Château de Chavaniac, and the pivotal role it played during three of history’s darkest hours—the French Revolution and both World Wars. If you could have dinner with any three people (dead or alive) at Chavaniac, who would you choose and why?

Believe it or not, this is actually a difficult choice because so many incredible men and women passed through those doors. I’d have to start with the Lafayettes–though I hope they would not serve me pigeons, which were a favorite at their wedding banquet. To join us for dinner, I’d choose the colorful stage-star of the Belle Epoque, Beatrice Chanler, because she was a force of nature without whom Chavaniac might not still be standing. Actress, artist, philanthropist, decorated war-relief worker and so-called Queen of the Social Register, she was as mysterious as she was wonderful, and even after all the startling discoveries I made researching her larger-than-life existence, I have a million questions about the early life she tried so hard to hide. I can’t wait for readers to meet her!

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Stephanie Dray, Biography –

Author pic- Stephanie DraySTEPHANIE DRAY is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction.

Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year.

Now she lives near the nation’s capital with her husband, cats, and history books.

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My First Video Interview with Historical Author Elaine Cougler

Today, I have my first ever You Tube interview of sorts! It wasn’t in person, or with me speaking in it, but I sent Elaine Cougler, historical authors of The Loyalist Legacy, my questions and she answered them in a video. It turned out great – she’s an elegant speaker and I enjoyed listening to her verbalizing her answers.

She wanted me to note that the first few seconds are a little wavering but then it picks up just fine! I really appreciate the nice words she left for me at the end of the interview as well.

Elaine is a marvelous person and wonderful writer and if you like anything surrounding the American Revolution time period, I would check her out.

Here is the video interview, click to head to You Tube: 

As mentioned previously, Elaine Cougler has written a wonderful trilogy, The Loyalist Trilogy, and the third book, The Loyalist Legacy recently released just in time for the holidays. This trilogy follows the stories of a family over generations who are Ontario-area Canadian loyalists to the Crown during the time of the American Revolution. You can read my review of the third book HERE. For the reviews and interviews previously done, scroll below.


The Loyalist Legacy, Synopsis –

After the crushing end of the War of 1812, William and Catherine Garner find their allotted two hundred acres in Nissouri Township by following the Thames River into the wild heart of Upper Canada. On their valuable land straddling the river, dense forest, wild beasts, displaced Natives, and pesky neighbors daily challenge them. The political atmosphere laced with greed and corruption threatens to undermine all of the new settlers’ hopes and plans.

William knows he cannot take his family back to Niagara but he longs to check on his parents from whom he has heard nothing for two years. Leaving Catherine and their children, he hurries back along the Governor’s Road toward the turn-off to Fort Erie, hoping to return home in time for spring planting.

With spectacular scenes of settlers recovering from the wartime catastrophes in early Ontario, Elaine Cougler shows a different kind of battle, one of ordinary people somehow finding the inner resources to shape new lives and a new country. The Loyalist Legacy delves further into the history of the Loyalists as they begin to disagree on how to deal with the injustices of the powerful “Family Compact” and on just how loyal to Britain they want to remain.

I’ve featured Elaine many times before: you can read a review of her first book, The Loyalist’s Wife, HERE, which beings the story of John and Lucy; you can read my review of her second book, The Loyalist’s Luck, HERE, which continues their war torn story in Niagara area; you can read an interview I did with Elaine after book two came out HERE. This can all give you a great idea about this exciting trilogy if you’d not yet read any of them.

Praise for Elaine Cougler and The Loyalist Trilogy of Books –

“….absolutely fascinating….Cougler doesn’t hold back on the gritty realities of what a couple might have gone through at this time, and gives a unique view of the Revolutionary War that many might never have considered.” – Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews.

“….an intriguing story” – A Bookish Affair

“I highly recommend this book for any student of history or anyone just looking for a wonderful story.” – Book Lovers Paradise

“Elaine’s storytelling is brave and bold.” – Oh, for the Hook of a Book

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03_Elaine CouglerElaine Cougler, Biography

Elaine Cougler is the author of historical novels about the lives of settlers in the Thirteen Colonies who remained loyal to Britain during the American Revolution.

Cougler uses the backdrop of the conflict for page-turning fictional tales where the main characters face torn loyalties, danger and personal conflicts.

Her Loyalist trilogy: The Loyalist’s Wife, The Loyalist’s Luck and The Loyalist Legacy coming in 2016. The Inspire! Toronto International Book Fair selected The Loyalist’s Wife as a finalist in its Self-Publishing Awards. The Middlesex County Library selected the book as its choice for book club suggestions. The Writers Community of Durham Region presented Elaine with a Pay-It-Forward Award.

Elaine has led several writing workshops and has been called on to speak about the Loyalists to many groups. She writes the blog, On Becoming a Wordsmith, about the journey to publication and beyond. She lives in Woodstock with her husband. They have two grown children.

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Talking with Elaine Cougler on Writing, the American Revolution, and Ancestors

Today, I have an interview with the Canadian author Elaine Cougler, author of The Loyalist’s Wife and the just released, The Loyalist’s Luck. You can see my review of this great book that takes places during the American Revolution and the years following, HERE, then continue reading to learn about Elaine and her work.

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Hi, Elaine, my friend! Welcome back to Oh, for the Hook of a Book! You’ve just released the second book in your Loyalist trilogy, The Loyalist’s Luck, and are spreading the news. I know you had a whirlwind summer and fall heading into releasing it.

Elaine: Hi, Erin! So glad to be back getting hooked on your book blog. Such a delightful title!

Erin: Thank you! I cam up with the title after reading one too many Dr. Seuss books! Step in here on this side of Lake Erie to my home in Ohio. It’s getting a bit chilly, so we best not sit out on the back patio today. Join me in my library, we’ll sit in my comfy chairs, surrounded by books, and have a few mugs of coffee or tea, or whatever your pleasure, while we chat! Which will it be for you? Today, I’m having coffee with two sugars and cream.

Elaine: My pleasure in neither coffee nor tea but something much guiltier—Diet Coke! Oh, I know how bad it is for me and I do limit myself but it is my go-to comfort drink.

Erin: Diet Coke is just fine, though I don’t keep pop in the house. For you, I’ll run out and keep a stash in my fridge. Also, we have been apple picking and so I’ve baked up some warm apple pie. Let me pour our drinks, platter our pie, and let’s dive in!

Elaine: I love apple pie. Makes me think of my grandma’s Dutch apple pie. (The recipe died with her.)

Erin: That’s so sad! I have made sure to have many of my family recipes and enjoy baking to keep their traditions alive. However, this recipe is my own. Now that we are enjoying ourselves, let’s get down to the questions.

Q: I know that you were a longtime teacher of various subjects such as French and English, did you always have a desire to write once your children were grown? Has history always interested you, or why did you decide to write historical fiction?

A: Not really although My Grade 12 English teacher suggested I enter my work in the school essay contest and I got second. That opened up my thoughts about my own work and after I left teaching I gravitated to writing and the huge challenge of a novel. Life is a process, isn’t it?

Q: You mention your Canadian roots and ancestors helped to formulate your idea for the series. Do you hope that your book, selling in America and in talking to Americans, will help to break down barriers in history so that we learn and appreciate all the sacrifices so many made? That people will begin to see all the different types of families that were caught up in the war and about how “taking sides” really wasn’t always a choice?

A: Yes. I am very much a person who sees both sides and feel we should concentrate on the things we have in common rather than our differences. Maybe that’s wishful but I do always hope.

Erin Comments: I am very much the same way.

Q: For the sake of the readers, can you explain about Loyalists? Why they fought for the King, why they stayed loyal to the crown, and how many were Americans displaced and caught up in land boundaries (which is why many are Canadians today)?

A: As I understand it, land was a big part of the whole revolutionary war. Much of it was taken leaving nothing for new arrivals and families who had been in America for generations. Blocked in by geography and native lands people had a new source when communities turned against those loyal to the King. As to why some were loyal and some were not, people will always take sides and disagree. It’s who we are as humans. Even after the Revolutionary War many on the Canadian side of the new border had family in the U.S. It wasn’t until the War of 1812 when personal jealousies found their release in burning out many areas on both sides of the border that people here really started to feel Canadian/British. Thank goodness we’ve got past all that and now have the longest undefended border in the world between our two countries.

Q: I know you did quite an extensive amount of research for your book. Can you tell us what you use for research, how you found it, and if you visited any of the places you feature in your book?

A: For research I’ve used loads of books, my local library, online sites about the history in the places I write about and lots of road trips to walk where my characters might have walked. I’ve also used family history as my own Loyalist ancestors came into the Niagara in the times I write about. I have found some treasures both in people and research about my own family that has found its way into my books a few times. I even found a descendant of Colonel Butler living right here where I live.

Q: How did you construct the characters in your novel, especially Lucy? What tactics as a writer did you use to visualize them and then connect them to the story?

A: I do a character sheet where I list physical traits, the sound of their voices and odd movements they might make. Most of it comes from my imagination but for Lucy I borrowed a couple of things about myself and went from there. Imagining her was a chance for me to give someone characteristics I wish I had. For instance I made her indomitable. In the first book she even worked out how to shoot her cow and hang it to bleed out so she could use the meat—all alone!

Q: There were many sad parts to your story, as life was rough and these people (and your characters) were fighting for mere survival! How did you channel this in order to pull off reader sentiment? As well, how did you handle these hard scenes yourself?

A: When I have to write a sad scene where I put my characters through something terrible, I actually enjoy it. If I’m crying as I write then I know I’ve got the scene working just right. In this book Lucy is put to the ultimate mother’s test and I cried as I wrote about her bravery through this particular night. (spoiler, if I told you more.)

Q: What were your thoughts on adding the Native Americans to the plot of your novel? Did they have a place in the lives of your characters during this time period?

A: Absolutely they did and my research showed me just how badly they were treated both in the revolutionary war and the war of 1812. Black Bear Claw personifies some of my feelings about the sadder things done in the history of our two countries, the U.S. and Canada.

Q: How did you research or have the idea for the mill in this second book? I love old grist mills! Are there many in the Niagara area were the story takes place?

A: Some of my research told me that after the burning of the Niagara area in the war of 1812 only a mill survived. Of course that fired my imagination for John and Lucy’s return. Add to that my personal family discovery that Lot 1, Concession 1 of Bertie Township, where the bridge from Fort Erie to Buffalo stands today, and you can see how my own beginnings got mixed in to the story I was writing. Such a high it was. Sure wish I had the revenues from it today!

Erin Comments: That’s so amazing!

Q: What will take place in the third book of your series? When can we expect it to publish?

A: When I wrote the teaser for The Loyalist Legacy (book 3) at the end of this book I suggested that the story moves inland toward Nissouri Township north of present-day London, Ontario. This book will not focus so much on wars but on taming yet another new land and the plot will reflect this. I can’t say much more until I do a lot more reading and research to find the nuggets that will fire my characters. This book is set to launch in October, 2016.

Q: What else do you have your eyes set on writing? What other types of history interest you?

A: I love the kings and queens of England, Egyptian pharaohs, the Romans, early Australia—any history which teaches me and gives me a great plot with memorable characters.

Q: Who are some of your favorite historical authors? Who do you like to read for fun, and who do you like to read to improve your own writing?

A: Margaret George, Sharon Kay Penman, Colleen McCullough, Pauline Gedge, Alison Weir are a few of those whose long books have kept me enthralled right to the end and for weeks afterward. And books like The Help and Water for Elephants—oh, there are just so many!

Q: You’ve had some travels this year. What was the best part of any of your trips for you?

A: My husband and I took the Alaska cruise this fall and the best day was the day we rode with a knowledgeable driver/photographer/painter/tour guide from Skagway to fifty miles into the Yukon Territory in Canada. The sun was radiant and the day will live on in our minds forever.

Q: If you had to eat any food from the 1800s, what do you think you’d like the most?

A: Thai food. Just kidding. Most of that stuff sounded pretty heavy and boring. I got so tired having Lucy make yet another stew to serve up to John and the children.

Erin Comments: Ha! Anything but stew sounds about right.

Q: Where can readers connect with you?

A: www.elainecougler.com is my main website and has a link to my blog, On Becoming a Wordsmith.

I also am on Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Thank you, Elaine, for sitting with me for coffee and a chat!! I appreciate you coming by and wish you much success on The Loyalist’s Luck. I look forward to staying in touch!

Elaine: As do I, Erin. I so enjoy our times together. But next time remember, no coffee for this girl!

Erin: I’m all over it. Always Diet Coke here for you, Elaine!

02_The Loyalist's LuckThe Loyalist’s Luck, Synopsis~

Publication Date: October 2014
Peache House Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Series: The Loyalist Trilogy
Genre: Historical Fiction

When the Revolutionary War turns in favor of the Americans, John and Lucy flee across the Niagara River with almost nothing. They begin again in Butlersburg, a badly supplied British outpost surrounded by endless trees and rivers, and the mighty roar of the giant falls nearby. He is off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she is left behind with her young son and pregnant once again. In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy—her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy.

With vivid scenes of heartbreak and betrayal, heroism and shattered hopes, Elaine Cougler takes us into the hearts and homes of Loyalists still fighting for their beliefs, and draws poignant scenes of families split by political borders. The Loyalist’s Luck shows us the courage of ordinary people who, in perilous times, become extraordinary.

Author Elaine Cougler, Biography~

03_Elaine CouglerA lifelong reader and high school teacher, Elaine found her passion for writing once her family was grown. She loves to read history for the stories of real people reacting to their world.

Bringing to life the tales of Loyalists in the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 is very natural as Elaine’s personal roots are in those struggles, out of which arose both Canada and the United States.

For more information please visit Elaine Cougler’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.

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The Loyalist’s Luck is Action-Filled Drama of a Family Fighting to Survive

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Not only are there not a lot of books about Colonial America and the American Revolution, but in the United States there are even less from the side of the Americans who were Loyalists and what happened to them. Of course, we don’t like anyone messing with our picture perfect history in America, but as we know, history isn’t just what we make it (ignore or cover-up), and eventually the truth comes out and people look at the bigger picture. That’s good, because it’s a part of where we all live today. In completing my history degree in college, we learned quite a bit about the American Revolution and Colonial America, but not so much from the other side. I think it’s interesting to get the complete picture, no matter where you are from.

With that said, I was happy when I read about Elaine Cougler’s Loyalist series, and was impressed, shocked, and interested when I read her first book The Loyalist’s Wife last year. Here is my review if you’d like to take a peek. She’s Canadian, with her story loosely based on her ancestors (note: the area the British kept where the Loyalists in the story lived eventually, became part of Canada), and follows a couple who were American Loyalists (loyal to the British Crown) and what occurs as they fight against (and endure) the American Revolutionists. In  my last review, I called her brave and bold, as she really shows a truth about what people endured at the hands of American soldiers, and show us an alternative side to the war and the displacement of families of people who thought they were doing the right thing.

As she’s had a planned trilogy, her second book just debuted, called The Loyalist’s Luck. From the opening of the first page, she writes in a way that made me read with lightening speed, for at every turn of the page, a new drama, twist, or turn, was occurring. I didn’t think the lives of these people could endure much more! Though I get what is probably the true meaning of her title (as the British won some battles due to luck, they say), I’d also say it could be this family’s “just their luck” type of phrasing too, as it seemed that they didn’t always have the best of luck.

Elaine carries the story through dialogue, interspersed with paragraphs of detailed settings and surroundings that really gave me a visual of the area, whether it be the desolate Loyalist camp, a waterfall off in the woods during a walk,  a new piece of land by the river and a grist mill, or various other scenery. As I am from Ohio, which is not that much different across Lake Erie and in Niagara, I could imagine the desolate forest being forged into plots, the growing of gardens, the building of the mill, the transportation on poor and bumpy roads, but how vast the beauty of the nature might have been.

However, there was so many things happening in the novel that I don’t think that Lucy and her husband, John, or their family, really had time to enjoy much of it! By the end I felt what I had read at the beginning had been a long time in the future (and I read the book in one day!). That’s not a bad thing as it kept the pages turning, I just felt bad for this family. I know that is probably the life that most of these people had, being displaced, new land grant issues, men going off to war at a moment’s notice leaving hard work to the women who also raised their children, death of loved ones from war or death of children from accidents and disease, and never knowing who you might meet up with from your past at the local Trading Post or leaning up against a tree nearby.

I don’t want to give away all the happenings in Elaine’s book, but it will certainly keep you on your toes and your emotions on a roller coaster. Reading about this couple and their growing family–their gentleness, love, and good hearts–made me feel for all these people who were caught up in the Revolution and on through the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. It really lasted such a longer time for them than the American Revolution. They lost so much of themselves during it and went through so many hardships. Elaine really creates a connection with them to the reader in her work. We do lose a little dimension from the whole host of other characters due to the forward movement of the plot and centering on the two main characters, but overall it all worked out fine to make it a well-rounded novel.

Elaine also did a large amount of research on time and places, using real places in her novel, and on how the people might have been living at the time. She gives us a clear picture of their lives. She could have maybe let the novel breathe a little and slowed down in spots to give us a bird’s eye view or more of a history lesson, but in reality without her giving these spots of normal activity, the book was still almost 300 pages and she was trying to pack almost the entire lives of Lucy, John, their children, and their grandchildren into the novel so she had to keep it moving. The novel, though very sad and brutal in places, also was filled with warmth by this couples unconditional love, strength, and survival in a wilderness full of war. Their love for their children and small grandchildren was also endearing and I like how Elaine ended it.

The best part of the book for me was Lucy. Her endurance, trust, fortitude, independence, and compassion really made me appreciate her character. She dealt with so much betrayal and loss, but raised her family strong enough to deal with their own losses. I’m fully ready to read about the older years of Lucy and John and the story of their son William in book three.

I recommend reading Elaine’s trilogy by purchasing book one, The Loyalist’s Wife, and get to know Lucy, then move on to the action-packed book two, The Loyalist’s Luck. Elaine’s writing will give you a bird’s eye view into another time and place we don’t always read about and propel us into a time we couldn’t imagine living in. She shows us how everyday common people’s lives were changed and impacted by political battles. It’s full of page-turning historical drama and is a lasting testament to early British-American settlers who ended up Canadians.

The Loyalist’s Luck, Synopsis~

02_The Loyalist's LuckPublication Date: October 2014
Peache House Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Series: The Loyalist Trilogy
Genre: Historical Fiction

When the Revolutionary War turns in favor of the Americans, John and Lucy flee across the Niagara River with almost nothing. They begin again in Butlersburg, a badly supplied British outpost surrounded by endless trees and rivers, and the mighty roar of the giant falls nearby. He is off on a secret mission for Colonel Butler and she is left behind with her young son and pregnant once again.

In the camp full of distrust, hunger, and poverty, word has seeped out that John has gone over to the American side and only two people will associate with Lucy—her friend, Nellie, who delights in telling her all the current gossip, and Sergeant Crawford, who refuses to set the record straight and clear John’s name. To make matters worse, the sergeant has made improper advances toward Lucy.

With vivid scenes of heartbreak and betrayal, heroism and shattered hopes, Elaine Cougler takes us into the hearts and homes of Loyalists still fighting for their beliefs, and draws poignant scenes of families split by political borders. The Loyalist’s Luck shows us the courage of ordinary people who, in perilous times, become extraordinary.

Elaine Cougler, Author

03_Elaine CouglerA lifelong reader and high school teacher, Elaine found her passion for writing once her family was grown. She loves to read history for the stories of real people reacting to their world.

Bringing to life the tales of Loyalists in the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 is very natural as Elaine’s personal roots are in those struggles, out of which arose both Canada and the United States.

For more information please visit Elaine Cougler’s website.

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.



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The Loyalist’s Wife by Elaine Cougler Shows Us Another Side to American Revolution

????????????????????????????????????I think the American Revolution had to be not only one of the most pivotal times in American History, of course, but one that created tragic, emotional, and tumultuous lives for many. The Loyalist’s Wife, by Elaine Cougler, is a novel told about a British Loyalist, John, who joins a British regiment, leaving his wife Lucy to tend their farm. She is angry at first and scared (who wouldn’t be?), but the novel showcases both of their struggles and drive for survival as the war tears them apart.

It’s not that often we find novels of the American Revolution, especially ones sold in America that err from the side of the British, but I am glad Elaine wrote such a novel to allow us a glimpse at the other side of the coin. She shows us a common British man who had a strong loyalty to their home country, one that most thought would also be strong enough to continue to rule the colonies. She shows us that, as with most war, there are two sides to every story. There were real families fighting each other, not just colonists fighting a tyrannical monarchy.  These British men living in North America had wives and families that they had to leave, just like the angst-filled colonists who demanded a better system, in order to fight for a cause they felt justified in following. It was unsafe for these women and there were many types of people they had to deal with, many in not so nice situations.

Elaine’s novel gives us an authentic glimpse, through John and Lucy, of what struggles Loyalist families endured on behalf of the Crown. I didn’t enjoy reading about John and Lucy’s turmoil because it was so sad, but I did enjoy reading this book. Elaine writes a novel that is easy for most readers to relate to inside a foundation of proper research and historical detail.  The revolution had more to it than just making the United States free; it also had alot to do with Canada. We never seem to hear stories of Loyalists and it was enlightening.

I also enjoy any novels that include Native American experiences in history. Native Americans were such an instrumental part of our history. I really am pleased when writers portray them as the helpful and kind people that they were (and are still) so that history can begin to be more accurate.

The main characters of John and Lucy were both so strong, determined, and courageous. Their life crisis kept me turning the pages to see how all this would play out for them and their future. Elaine’s storytelling is brave and bold. Being Canadian, she probably didn’t have the need to remain loyal herself to just the Colonists. However, she doesn’t show the Colonists in a very good light, which might be true I suppose based on other accounts I’ve read!  But I would warn any die-hard American patriot reader, because they must brace themselves to open their eyes to hear some truth of the other side. However, I do feel like the book might be portrayed by some as a little one-sided. As a reader myself, I just tried to read the novel for what I felt it was presented as: a book about early Loyalists to their British Crown who thought that the revolt wouldn’t last long at all. There were many common men and women just trying to survive, no matter what side they happened to be on.

Elaine has presented a wonderful, almost unique, story of the love of a family fighting for a cause they felt was justified. The other side of the American Revolution is portrayed in great detail in the novel, while also mixing in romantic suspense and historical colonial life. It’s definitely worth the read for anyone who enjoys books of the colonial period and the American Revolution. I look forward to the next two books of the series.


????????????????????????????????????Publication Date: June 20, 2013
Paperback; 342p
ISBN-10: 1490414894

When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial  attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to  survive. Pioneers in the wilds of New York State, John and Lucy face a  bitter separation and the fear of losing everything, even their lives,  when he joins Butler’s Rangers to fight for the King and leaves her to  care for their isolated farm. As the war in the Americas ramps up,  ruffians roam the colonies looking to snap up Loyalist land. Alone,  pregnant, and fearing John is dead, Lucy must fight with every weapon  she has.

With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism, and personal  angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great  country and the planting of Loyalist seeds for another. The Loyalist’s  Wife transcends the fighting between nations to show us the individual  cost of such battles.

The Loyalist’s Wife is the first of three  books in The Loyalist Trilogy. The Loyalist’s Luck is scheduled for  release in June, 2014 and The Loyalist Legacy in June, 2015.

Praise for The Loyalist’s Wife~

“Elaine Cougler has written a page-turning novel of the American Revolution  through the eyes of a conflicted loyalist soldier and his indomitable  wife. You’ll feel the hardship of homesteading, the fear of the enemy,  the blows of battle, and the pain of separation. You’ll be transported  through history. This is not just a novel written about another time, it seems written in another time.”  Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid  Plans, Stephen Leacock medal winner

Author Elaine Cougler, Biography~

Elaine CouglerA native of Southern Ontario, Elaine taught high school and with her  husband raised two children until she finally had time to pursue her  writing career. She loves to research both family history and history in general for the stories of real people who emanate from the dusty  pages.

These days writing is Elaine’s pleasure and her obsession.  Telling the stories of Loyalists caught in the American Revolutionary War is very natural as her personal roots are thoroughly enmeshed in that struggle, out of which arose both Canada and the United States.

For more information please visit Elaine’s website. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.


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