Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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

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.
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. 

I'm happy to be a part of L.C. Lewis' blog tour for her new book,
Oh Say Can You SeeFreemen and Dreamers Vol. 4 Oh, Say Can You See? (Freeman and Dreamers).
This is Volume 4 in her fantastic Free Men and Dreamers series but it can be read as a stand alone. I haven't read any of her other books and was able to pick up this one and get into the story. I'm reading several books at the same time right now, so I haven't finished this one, but I've read enough to tell you that Laurie is an exceptional author. She is able to manage several different characters and make each of them distinctive enough that I was able to picture each person I "met" in the pages of her novel.

Here's a little bit more interesting info on this novel:

The bicentennial of the War of 1812 is less than two years away, and America is gearing up to host spectacular celebrations of the 200th anniversary of her second war of independence. LDS author, L.C. Lewis, saw the event fast-approaching and began writing a historical fiction series to commemorate this often overlooked moment and generation. Along the way, Free Men and Dreamers has garnered an impressive array of reviews, endorsements, and awards.

Though "Oh, Say Can You See?" is volume four of Lewis's Free Men and Dreamers series, this historical fiction epic was written to commemorate the bicentennial of the writing of the "Star-Spangled Banner," and was therefore specifically written to serve equally well as a stand-alone. This intricately-researched novel weaves Lewis's well-loved characters into the winding-up scenes of the War of 1812 and the events surrounding the Battle of Baltimore and writing of the "Star-Spangled Banner." It also sheds new light on the complex poet, Francis Scott Key and
the reason this anthem hit such a powerful pulse point in America, causing Lewis to believe volume four, “Oh, Say Can You See?” may be the most timely of all the volumes.
One more volume is planned after this one and I asked Laurie to share that info with us along with the titles of her other volumes.

Lewis- Book five is set for a spring 2011 release and it will carry us forward, as we see how the events of this period shaped America and affected the next generation. We’re toying with two titles—“The Morning Breaks,” and “In God We Trust.” Right now, we’re all leaning towards “In God We Trust.”

The other three books in the series are:

Volume 1, DARK SKY at DAWN, introduces the complex story of our six lead families--three American, two British, one slave--and the devastating prelude to the war.

Volume 2, TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING, carries readers into the harrowing events at Hampton, Virginia, and illustrates the toll the war takes on civilians--women and children. But through it all, a new tenacity begins to strengthen the young nation's spine as Americans rally to the cause of their nation.

Volume 3, DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT, throws our characters into the attack on Washington and the events that proved the mettle of hj the Constitution and the Presidency.

Tell us a little about L.C. Lewis.

Lewis- Well, many readers will be surprised to hear that I’m a grandma and not a grandpa! Publishers tend to obscure female historical fiction authors behind a pen name because some readers just expect the authors of these books to be male. I write women’s fiction under my real name, Laurie Lewis. My most recent release was in April—a women's novel titled, “Awakening Avery,” which is currently nominated for a Whitney Award. (

I’m a long time resident of Carroll County where my husband and I still reside. The past few years have been consumed by these books, but as soon as volume five is released I hope to pick up some of my old hobbies—genealogy, cross-stitch, the guitar and gardening. I’m dying to learn to play the piano and my brave daughter has offered to teach her uncoordinated mother the ropes.

Thank you Laurie for stopping by my blog--your book has such a history behind it--kudos to you for the exceptional work you did to bring it about!
And there's a contest for this blog tour as well!
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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