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Maybe I’m biased because I like history and especially the history of America, but Oh, Say Can You See by L.C. Lewis was a favorite read. Though, the fourth in the Freemen and Dreamers series, it stands on its own as an independent story. In fact, I didn’t read the previous novels in this series, yet I engaged with the characters in this story without knowing what they had done in the other books. I never felt like there was something missing in my understanding of the events.

Lewis has done a fabulous job of research; such as the details of the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner (30’ x 42’ with 2’ stars) or the movements of ships around Baltimore or London newspaper editorials of the day. Her description of events and the nature of the characters takes the reader into the filthy hold of a ship where Jed is held prisoner or to the poignant memories of another character: “Lord Whittington missed the aromas of a family—the essence of lilac his wife, Severina, had worn; the freshly scrubbed-and powdered scent of Daniel when he was a baby; and the delicate wafting of Clarissa’s rose water. The earl even longed for his son’s musky scent after a football match, noting that the solitary clean air was yet another reminder of how barren his life had become.”

I also enjoyed the themes of the book, such as this one:
“Some ministers believe a new day of religious awakening is dawning.”
Hannah curiosity was piqued. “What kind of awakening?”
“Our independence from Europe has affected our religiosity as well as our politics. Since our great Revolution, we’ve had no kings acting as God’s mouthpiece, filtering His word. A second Great Awakening is sweeping across the land, with American religionists asking God to reveal Himself to them without a king as their conduit. Some remain rigid, controlling man’s access to God like gatekeepers, but some believe God desires for us to
ponder His word individually, and that we each are entitled to receive a portion of His Spirit personally.”

A great part of America’s history was this spirit of “religious awakening.” Lewis also deals with slavery, treason, and revenge, love, loyalty, and trust, but mostly with duty to and love of America and the price worth paying for liberty.

If you like historical novels, epic romances, page-turning intrigue, or simply love America, I encourage you to read “Oh Say Can You See?”

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December 22
Kathi Oram Peterson

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.