In Hillsboro’town a private battle wages between the spirited Royalist Joscelyn Cheshire and the equally strong-willed Patriot Richard Clevering. Richard leaves to join the Continental Line, and he is captured by the British and consigned to a prison ship. He escapes and makes his way back to the Piedmont where Joscelyn, her loyalty divided, hides him. As the tide of war turns in the Patriots’ favor, Joscelyn is reviled by her neighbors. Richard, knowing her bravery, defends her. In her gratitude, Joscelyn comes to see that Richard is the man for her.
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The subtitle sums up the book: “A Novel Tale Concerning Itself in Part With the Great Struggle in the Two Carolinas; but Chiefly With the Adventures Therein of Two Gentlemen Who Loved One and the Same Lady.” Set along the Catawba River, the novel gives a good sense of the changing allegiances of North Carolinians in the back country during the 1770s and early 1780s.
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John Cantwell puts up a good front, but he is not the honest man the people of New Bern think he is. Despite his high social standing, his business dealings are shady and his personal life dishonorable. His schemes affect the lives of many people in the New Bern area in the decades leading up to the American Revolution.
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