Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Evacuation Day!

Today is apparently the day over 225 years ago that the British finally left New York after we colonists kicked their arses in a little thing called the American Revolution (yes, the French helped a little as well).

As I write this, reenactors are busily commerating that glorious day downtown in the rain and the cold. Well, better them than me! Apparently back in the day, men used to climb a greased flagpole to hoist the Stars and Stripes to celebrate.

However, it did get me thinking that we need some good American Revolution historical novels on the shelves. Picture it, star-crossed lovers, she's a loyalist, he's a revolutionary, trying to find their way to each other. Or a young woman, who doesn't want to be apart from her beau, so she disguises herself as a boy, to try and find him by joining up with one of the regiments (hey there were plenty of women who did just that). Or a Scarlet Pimpernelesque story set in New York while the British were occupying the city. Or the aftermath of the war, where the scarred and embittered battle veteran comes home to his woman, suffering post traumatic stress disorder while she's been holding down the family estates.

There are so many options. I say we need more historical romances set in this country, celebrating our own history.

Excuse me, while I go hoist a glass to our liberation.

3 comments:

Amanda McCabe said...

I would read any of those stories! I enjoyed "A Catch of Consequence," but you are right--we need more Revolutionary War books

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

I'm glad that you agree with me Amanda. There are so many great inspirational stories from this era. Heck, you could even have a story about an American going to France along with Ben Franklin and falling in love with a French chick and then her following him back to America. The possibilities are endless.

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