Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Book Review - Oh Say Can You See? by L.C. Lewis


It's blog tour time for
Set against the War of 1812 and the penning of "The Star Spangled Banner," Oh, Say Can You See?, the latest novel in the FREE MEN AND DREAMERS series by L.C. Lewis, brings this often overlooked period to life.

THREE people will win a copy of Oh, Say Can You See? One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win this beautiful patriotic necklace!


Blog tour runs from December 13th--December 22nd.

It's easy to enter.
1. Visit the fabulous reviews and leave a comment letting us know why "The Star Spangled Banner" means so much to you. Remember to include your email address.
2. If you tweet about the blog tour, or post about it on your blog or Facebook, leave the link in the comments section and you'll receive an additional entry.


Good Luck! Entries close at midnight (MST) on December 31.

December 13
Braden Bell

December 14
Marsha Ward

December 15
Rachelle Christensen

December 16
Anna Del C. Dye

December 17
Stephanie Abney

December 18
Lynn Parsons

December 20
Susan Dayley
Marilyn Bunderson

December 21
Liz Adair
Valerie Ipson

December 22
Kathi Oram Peterson

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Though the capital smolders, the battered Constitution and the presidency have survived. But the British left the struggling government no home. Gone are the symbols of America--the Capitol Building and the President's House, and nearly every relic of the infant nation. Britain's next target is the port city of Baltimore, but has the raid on Washington stiffened the Americans' backs? As the Willows women mourn their absent men - gone to war, or wounded, or captured - they await the birth of a blessed child. Miles away, attorney Francis Scott Key embarks on a diplomatic mission that will leave an everlasting mark on America. Proving that the pen can indeed by more powerful than the sword, Key records the fears and hopes of his embattled people. His epic poem soon set to music and titled "The Star-Spangled Banner," rallies a shattered nation to rise from its knees to claim the dream of "one nation under God" during the closing hours of the War of 1812.  

My review:

I've often heard how Francis Scott Key wrote the words to our national anthem, but I'd never thought about his history before he wrote the famous song that has become part of the fabric of our country. This book does more than give us a peek into his life, it opens up the world of those brave souls who fought in the War of 1812. Lewis gives us much to think about and learn in her new novel, Oh Say Can You See?



Yes, this is the fourth book in her Freeman and Dreamers series, but you really don't need to have read the other books to know exactly what is going on in this novel. Right away you're drawn into the Pearson family and the struggles they are going through because of the war that threatens to rip their family apart. Poor Hannah Pearson is expecting a child and her husband Jed has been captured by the British. Another memorable character is Markus O'Malley, who is fraught with guilt and worry for he promised Jed he'd watch over his wife and his home until he returned. But the country needs Markus to serve on a very important mission--to captain Mr. Key's vessel.


You learn that Francis Scott Key was a religious man who had been drawn into a war he once opposed. He was a man of great bravery and also a tender heart. The scene of him kissing his sleeping children and telling them he loved them, knowing that in a few hours he would leave on a mission he may not return from, will long stay with you. 

And, of course, there's the scene where Key and others were desperate to see the star-spangled banner still waving.


From that famous scene I love this line: "... We have been a foolish people at times, and so suffered our comeuppance in Washington, but our cause is still just. God has reached His hand down from heaven and rescued this land in the past. Let's pray He'll do so once again..." This struck a cord with me as do many other passages. Oh Say Can You See? reminded me of our nation's heritage, of the brave souls who fought to keep our nation free, but it also reminded me to be ever diligent in guarding our precious freedom.


If you love historical fiction that is anchored in facts, you will love L.C. Lewis's new book, Oh Say Can You See? I know I did.

(I received a free copy of this book. I reviewed it because I liked it.)

15 comments:

  1. Just stopping by to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. :)
    Good luck to LC Lewis on volume 4!

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  2. I have learned so much from this book. I didn't know that Francis Scott Key was being held with other men on board the ship. It was also interesting to learn why he was on the ship to begin with.

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  3. Nat:
    I know what you mean. This book gave a lot of facts I didn't know as well. I'm so glad I read it!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Nat, thanks for your wonderful post. I'm so glad you enjoyed the history tucked within the story.

    Kathi, thank you for such a thoughtful review. I so appreciate the comments about Key's family and sacrifice, and my arms prickled as you pointed out need for us to be as vigilant as those in 1812.

    You've given me a great gift.I hope your Christmas is the merriest ever. Many thanks!

    laurie

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  5. Thanks for the review. I agree Laurie's review really gets you thinking and you learn so much!

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  6. Laurie,
    It was an honor to read your wonderful book.

    Merry Christmas!!!

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  7. CTW,
    I'm glad you enjoyed my review of Laurie's book. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  8. Just stopping by to wish you Merry Christmas!

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  9. Carol,
    Thanks! I hope you have a Merry Christmas. On Christmas Eve the power went out at my house right when I was trying to post a new blog. Needless to say, I didn't post or even visit the blogs I usually do.

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  10. Oooh... this looks so great! I adore U.S. history. Thanks for the review, and Happy New Year!

    Hey, if you get a chance (and you haven't already...), stop by and check out my blog for my new music for 2011. I would love some new followers and comments to get me started! You are always so supportive. :) Love, Victoria

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  11. 'spose it would help if I tell you where the blog IS: www.archangelmusic.blogspot.com :)

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  12. Glad your power is back.
    Happy New Year!

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  13. Victoria:
    Happy New Year to you, too.

    Your music is awesome. I'll hop over and take a look.

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