When poor lawyer Benjamin Ross finds Susanna in a the library reading, during a party he can't help but be impressed at her intelligence, even though he remembers her as a stuck up rich girl. He soon finds that she is a smart woman, with a heart for the less fortunate who runs a school for the daughters of widows.
Though at first they seem an unlikely team, Ben and Susanna come to admire and respect the other as they work together to prove a man everyone believes to be guilty, and innocent man.
Both Susanna and Ben are strong, compassionate, and God-fearing. They both are well developed and admirable characters. Susanna was more concerned about what she could do to help others, than other people thought of her. Ben was an honorable man with a keen mind, who was willing to listen to counsel from the mentors in his life.
This book had so much going on, full of mystery, suspense, and drama. The dialogue between Susanna and Ben was one of my favorite things because it was so natural and showed rather than told the slow but steady growth of their relationship. I also loved how they wrote letters to each other with code names.
The setting was well researched, and I felt that this book did a great job of showing the social and political tensions leading up to the Revolutionary War.
Overall this was a terrific novel, in which the historical setting was brought to live before my eyes. Furthermore, Ben and Susanna were definitely the kind of heroes that I could cheer for, totally worth knowing and emulating. A wonderful book that celebrates the faith, courage, and intelligence that this country was founded on.
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