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It is a dangerous time for America. The years following the signing of the Constitution have been riddled with British aggressions aimed at breaking the will of the young government. Trade restrictions tear at its economy while British ships attack and kidnap Americans at sea, refusing to acknowledge their American citizenship.
Washington, Franklin, and Hamilton have died. Their inspired dream is now entrusted to their aged and war-weary peers and to the succeeding generations — men and women, born in liberty, who are prepared to sacrifice their lives in its defense.
But the divisive evils of greed, slavery, and class distinction cast a dark cloud over the promise "We the People," even as war talk rattles the governing halls. America declares a war to reconfirm her independence . . . a war to protect her "more perfect union:" The War of 1812.
Some believe a more divine purpose awaits the Union in the wake of this war. Such seekers are Jed Pearson, the sensitive heir to both a large plantation and a mysteriously tainted family heritage, and Hannah Stansbury, the visionary woman whose family holds the key to the Pearson riddle.
Treacherous forces on both shores seek to manipulate the war's outcome for their own purposes, ensnaring Jed and Hannah in dangerous intrigue during this pivotal moment in time when the ultimate definition of liberty is about to come to light.
Dark Sky At Dawn, the stirring first volume in the epic Free Men and Dreamers series, tells of the fascinating people, events, history, and spiritual reawakening that precede the compelling moment in time before the guns blazed and the light of the Restoration dawned on a new day.
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by Brian - reviewed on February 27, 2008
I am a 'fan' of this time period. The great intracacies in the story are interwoven so smoothly that the book is a great read. There is plenty of adventure, intrigue and romance to satisfy everyone. i certainly hope we don't have to wait too long to find out what happens to each of the characters in this book.
Superlative Historical Epic!!!~
by Teri - reviewed on July 07, 2009
Free Men and Dreamers Vol I: Dark Sky At Dawn by L.C. Lewis When Laurie asked me last week if I'd done my review of this remarkable series, I felt bad, as I'd not read or reviewed it yet. I had bought our good friends this first book for mowing our 1/3 of an acre and knew they loved historical novels, so when they read it, they had three of three of their six daughters read this volume, then one daughter borrowed my Vol II and they all loved this series just because I knew they loved historical fiction. This volume starts off with Jed and Frannie Pearson's life on a large Maryland Plantation before the War of 1812. We see how shocking some plantation owners treated their slaves, even with having them in shackles during the selling period. Even though Jed and Frannie and their parents treated their slaves like family, a few still felt like running to feel more free. Some of the high society folk thought they were above the law at the time and would stop at nothing to get their older children to do their unsavory bidding like The Stringham Family who lived on the neighboring plantation of The Pearson's. Jed loved Hannah Stansbury, his childhood friend, but had to keep his feelings hidden on account of an old family secret that caused hatred by Hannah's mother, Susannah. When a crisis occurs with Frederick Stringham and his father, Frannie, who is attacked by a spy, she is ostrcized by the community and seeks solace at a Boarding School. When Hannah's sisters attempt to come between Hannah and Jed, they believe its for the best, even to setting up a suitor they think is better. I really like how Laurie weaves a little-known person into the story by bringing the Restoration of the Gospel to the forefront of this remarkable epic saga. Captain Stephen Mack, Lucy Mack's brother, befriends Dudley Snowden, another Captain and Hannah's brother-in-law and thus tells him how Our Country is being guided by God and that America is the Home of the Free and The Brave and will fight for its liberty and will even sacrifice their lives to keep America free. I just started reading Vol. II, Twlight's Last Gleaming and will eagerly await Vol III, which comes out in Oct. Bravo, Laurie!!! Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook. Publisher: Covenant Communications, Incorporated Pub. Date: February 2007 ISBN-13: 9781598112580 498pp
A great book all around!
by Ashley - reviewed on August 07, 2007
I read this book as fast as I could with three kids. It is a great book. It isn't one of those books you can guess the outcome of. The characters are very well put together and the pace is perfect. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to the second installment.
by Heather - reviewed on December 18, 2007
I absolutely fell in love with this book. It is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. Now I just want to know when the next one comes out!
Historical fiction at it's finest!
by Rebekah - reviewed on July 25, 2007
This was a great book! I was intrigued by the first page. There were so many different things happening...yet, they all were very relevent to one another. The second book of the series couldn't come out fast enough. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love this book!
This book is wonderful.
by kay - reviewed on October 25, 2007
When I finally got to read this book I couldn't put it down. With a busy job, and family I read this book in 3 days. It has a great story line, the characters were very interesting and made you want to read more. The story line was exciting and very moving. I can't wait for the next book to follow. I got to meet this author on my 25 anniversary of going to the temple and she signed my book. She seems as exciting and moving as her book is and I can't wait to read more of her book.