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The Oak Apple by Cynthia Harrod Eagles (#4)

“Its alright. It’s over. I’ve come back for you, Hetta. I told you I’d come back,”

This is the fourth book (of 35!) in the impressive saga, begun in The Founding.  The Oak Apple is set around about the 1630s, when there was a great deal of unrest politically. I’m really not sure who the patriarch of the dynasty is supposed to be in this story, but you can still manage to follow the stories of the various branches of the family with retained interest.

I don’t know anything about the 1630s and the associated civil war, but this book puts it into context socially, and through this we see the anguish and pain experienced by the family as some of the men die in the war. Some writers of historical fiction (me included, ha!) use the excuse of war in a story to bump off any unwanted or unneccessary characters. In this case, it is not so. The war is almost used as a hammer blow. Yes, it kills off characters, but also shows the misery and changed world they leave behind.

Similarly, the book also manages to weave Puritanism into the story as well as American settlers in Philadelphia. If you do find this book and want to read it as a standalone, then I would recommend that you read all the books from the start because they often reference characters from previous books and a newbie reader may struggle to understand it.

Another great book in the canon. I am looking more hopeful about reading the rest of the series. Apparently, a new book has been published so with luck this wonderful story can continue to the present day.

MY RATING: 5 /5.



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