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The Patriots (American Family Portrait #3)

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Esau and Jacob Morgan had been at odds with each other since their births moments apart. Their rivalry had spanned three decades and reached its peak when Jacob practically stole the attractive Mercy Reed for his wife while Esau, her fianci, was away studying in England. Now Jared and Anne Morgan are forced to watch as their sons take opposing stands in the struggle for Am ...more
Paperback, 536 pages
Published October 6th 2005 by RiverOak Publishing (first published 1995)
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Becky Lake
Once again, I enjoyed the facts interspersed with the fiction. He did a great job making the history of the time period come alive. I appreciated his characters struggles with the conflict at that time. Each came from a different point of view. It also encompassed family conflicts and how they can either destroy or bring together a family.
Ok, this is another one of those books that I think is the BEST IN THE WORLD!!!!! And actually, it's the best book that I have ever read--along with "Yankee Doodle Boy". The book is long and THRILLING, every one of the 530 pages will hold you breathless! It was so good I never wanted it to end, and the author did the most perfect job on portraying all the people, battles, events and, of course, the ghastly betrayal of Benedict Arnold. You will come to consider Jacob and Esau as your own family o ...more
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This is one of those books that seems to haunt you while you are reading it or trying to not read it, I should say. And when you are finally finished, feel accomplished and yet sad that you no longer get to peer in on the lives of the characters anymore. This book paints a wonderful picture of life of twins that choose different sides of America's fight for freedom. I loved the story and enough though the turn of events left me rather sad, I will still read it again.
Dawn Wells
Historical fiction at its best. Love this series. Mr Cavanaugh goes into such detail. You feel like you are re-living history. The war scenes are incredible. The use of twins is visionary especially with the missions they take on in war. Great read.
Jun 18, 2007 Kharissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian/Historical Fiction fans
Yet another amazing addition to the series! This one flowed much better than the second book of the series and brought you back to the captivation of the first! WOW!!! As I included in the previous two reviews - I read the "Victor editions" of the series.
Just Emily
I absolutely loved this book. I could hardly put it down, it was accurate to true events and it was looking at the revolutionary war through the eyes of both the English and the Americans. Very enlightening, I want to read it again!

Loved this! Solid historical fiction with a Christian world view. It follows the path of America transforming from a Christian nation to a deist nation. Looking forward to The next book in the series.
I am really enjoying this series. My sister sent all nine books home with me to read and its been fun! I love historical fiction! Thanks Susan!
Didn't like it as much as the first books in the series, but it was still an enjoyable read.
Shallow characters....shallow story line...shallow "conversions"....

Another good historical fiction read!
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Jack Cavanaugh is an award-winning, full-time freelance author with twenty-five published novels to his credit. His nine-volume American Family Portrait series spans the history of a nation from 1630 to the present and is still in print nearly fifteen years following its release.

A student of the novel for more than a quarter of a century, Jack takes his craft seriously, continuing to study and tea
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“have her for his wife. As it turned out, Jacob understood Mercy better than he or anyone else could have imagined. When she discovered his trickery, she was hurt, but not as hurt as when she thought that Esau had spurned her. Maybe it was because she expected less from Jacob, so it was easier to be disappointed by him. Then there was the fact that she was a Morgan. She liked that. Divorce was hardly a consideration; to do so would place her on the social level of a prostitute. The fact was, she’d made a play for the best and wound up with second best. She could live with that. Too much was at risk to try to undo what had been done. Besides, there was something romantic about a man who would go to such great lengths to marry her. Esau couldn’t bring himself to forgive his brother. He didn’t fault Mercy. She’d been deceived and trapped. His only consolation was his hope that God would make things right. Striking Jacob with a bolt of lightning was preferable, but Esau chose to let God handle the specifics. He was willing to wait. Someday, Mercy would be his wife. For more than a decade Esau waited and prayed. The fact that Jacob and Mercy were unable to produce children in that time was for him an encouraging sign that God did not favor their union. He contented himself with brief, clandestine encounters with her. They were innocent enough, but the” 0 likes
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