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Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow
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May 03, 09

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I fell in love with Charlestown, S.C. through this book! What fun to finally go there and walk the same streets, worship at the same church, and wander some of the same buildings as Celia! I knew modern-day writers research their subjects thoroughly, but never imagined writers from my childhood years also were so meticulous -- I knew things about Charlestown that our tour guide didn't.

Orphaned and abandoned by rich relations, Celia is determined to be independent, and thus becomes a seamstress in Revolutionary War Charlestown. She is recruited to stay during the British occupation and spy for the rebels, but is eventually forced to leave the city. In love and engaged, Celia travels to her fiance's home, only to learn enroute that the house has been burnt and the family killed. She takes refuge with a kingly benefactoress when Celia is able to fall in love again, and spy once more on the British Tories who confiscate the property.
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