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Sweetbriar Hope

by Brenda Wilbee

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These last 3 stories in this series did a great job of taking a time in history and staying as true to the actual facts as possible, and gave the reader a work of fiction that truly showed the endurance and hardships that the folks of Seattle, Washington endured during an Indian uprising. The sad part is it probably could have all been avoided, if it weren't for mistakes made by a politician. Clarence Bagley, Historian of King County, Washington states, "It cannot be doubted that the hurried treaties negotiated, in 1855, with the tribes of eastern and western Washington had a good deal to do with the fomenting discontent of the Indians, which culminated in bloody uprisings all over the country, causing the death of many innocent and unsuspecting settlers and the destruction of immense quantities of property all over the territory, retarding its development for many years. The provision of some these treaties were exceedingly unjust to the Indians."

Louisa and David Denny have left there home in the forest and moved into town because of the killing going on by the Indians. This is a time when David and her must part for awhile and Louisa must learn to trust and not give up hope once again. But the Indians are advancing upon the town of Seattle and people will die and fear is a real thing for these people. Louisa is also pregnant and caring for their 2 year old daughter. The final paragraph on the back of the book so well summarizes the story: "But through it all she fears for the safety of her husband and of them all. Will their friendship with Chief Seattle be enough to avert horrible bloodshed? Can the settlers survive this latest test of their faith and endurance?" I very much appreciated reading these stories and learning what went on in history during this time. ( )
  judyg54 | Oct 6, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0800756959, Paperback)

Over half a million readers of Brenda Wilbee's Sweetbriar series were delighted when Revell brought back the beloved Louisa Boren Denny with three new historical fiction books to complete the series. Tension mounted in Sweetbriar Summer as Louisa and David embraced their new prosperity but faced escalating - and justifiable - Indian unrest. In Sweetbriar Autumn, war erupted twenty miles away, calling David to leave his new family to help bury White River's dead. Now in Sweetbriar Hope the war moves ever closer to Seattle.

Seattle's men must leave their families to block the terrifying Indian advance with an outpost upriver. Yet the Indians find another way to surround the village and attack. Louisa and her small daughter race through the crossfire of Indian guns and the warship's cannon. Minutes later, sequestered in Seattle's crude blockhouse with thirteen other families, Louisa's only hope is her faith and trust in God. Meanwhile David, now back and hunkering alongside the marines outside the blockhouse, fights to protect his family from what he believes is justified fury of the natives.

Louisa's patience, kindness, and leadership within the confines of the blockhouse bring hope to the other women. She reassures them that David's Indian friends will stand by. But the question remains, Who else will die before the battle is over? Will David?

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