Helene-Carol Brown pens historical novel from woman’s perspective

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'Hannah Turner’s Journal' relates sacrifices, struggles of civilians, soldiers during American Revolution

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Paints a vivid picture of the American Revolution and highlights the sacrifices made by civilians and soldiers during the war

Set against the backdrop of war-ravaged Pennsylvania during the British occupation of Philadelphia in 1777, author Helene-Carol Brown weaves a heartbreaking story of love, sacrifice and tragedy in "Hannah Turner’s Journal" (published by Xlibris). The newly-released novel paints a vivid picture of the American Revolution and highlights the sacrifices made by civilians and soldiers during the war.

Hannah Turner could never have imagined that the squabbles of Boston merchants with England over tea and taxes would disturb her quiet, comfortable life in Philadelphia. When British and Hessian soldiers occupy her native city in 1777, Hannah’s world is turned upside down. Hannah’s father, Jacob, a well-respected cabinet maker, is wounded, his shop is destroyed, and the family is forced to seek shelter with relatives in the Chester County countryside at a place called the Valley of the Forge. General Washington’s Continental Army settles into the same area for the coldest winter in many years, and the Turner family learns firsthand of the starvation, disease, and misery that war brings to a people and their land. As the conflict continues, the Turners and their new friends the Grays find ways to aid the Patriot Cause that even General Washington could not have expected. When the war moves to its conclusion in Virginia, Hannah’s brother Nathaniel and her betrothed, Matthew Taylor, find their skills tested at the Battle of Yorktown. One returns to Hannah on a litter, the other in a coffin. Was Liberty worth such a terrible price?

Through the perspective of the main character, Hannah Turner, the sacrifices of civilians and soldiers are vividly detailed, especially the plight of women in the towns and countryside of war-torn Pennsylvania.

Although historical fiction, 'Hannah Turner's Journal' brings the American Revolution to life, reminding readers of worldwide conflicts even today.

“Hannah Turner’s Journal: A Novel of the American Revolution”
By Helene-Carol Brown
Hardcover | 6x9in | 312 pages | ISBN 9781499083507
Softcover | 6x9in | 312 pages | ISBN 9781499083514
E-Book | 312 pages | ISBN 9781499083521
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Helene-Carol Brown received her AB in history from UCLA in 1964 and her MA in history from the University of New Hampshire in 1985. A native of Philadelphia, she spent some years teaching school in Southern California, was a research historian in New England and now lectures on history and art history in Eugene, Oregon where she lives with her husband and a small grey cat. She is an avid reader and a retired master gardener.

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