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The Chamomile (Xanthakos Family Trilogy #1)

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Lilyan joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her brother from a notorious prison ship. She'll lie, steal, kill or be killed she promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion's partisans, who leads the mission. In Nicholas' arms she discovers enduring love...a home. But that home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save th ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published February 26th 2011 by Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc
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Lilyan joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her brother from a notorious prison ship. She'll lie, steal, kill or be killed she promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion's partisans, who leads the mission. In Nicholas' arms she discovers enduring love...a home. But that home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save the life of one British officer but kill another to protect her Cherokee friend Elizabeth. In escaping bounty hunters,
Carrie Pagels
Nov 29, 2011 Carrie Pagels rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical fiction - esp. American Revolution
Recommended to Carrie by: Colonial American Christian Writers
The Chamomile by Susan Craft

Five Stars *****
I am going to gush. I just finished reading Susan Craft's book. It is not a CBA book, but this is an amazing inspirational book. It is a historical with strong romantic elements, not a historical romance. Susan has a command of South Carolina history that is remarkable and it shows on every page. This book is like a treasure trove of American Revolution and colonial history relevant to South Carolina and unlike anything I have ever read. The closest th
Elaine Cooper
Jan 01, 2012 Elaine Cooper rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin? I loved "The Chamomile" so much that it will likely be on my favorite list for all of my 2012 novel reading.
From the first chapter, I was totally caught up in the characters and their precarious situation as Patriots in British-occupied South Carolina in 1780. Author Susan Craft artfully wove an intense and realistic story filled with situations that left you breathless and characters that captured your heart. It takes an extremely well written story to move me to tears and I h
Set during the Revolutionary War, The Chamomile is chock full of details about life during that time. For those details alone, it was an entertaining, one-time read for me. The interactions between Patriot and Loyalist was interesting because they were often friends and neighbors and saw each other on a daily basis. I love how the author didn't sugarcoat details of war, sickness and the hardships that they had to go through. It made for a richer, more complex story.

The romance did not work for m
Deborha Mitchell
Apr 05, 2013 Deborha Mitchell rated it really liked it
Powerful story! Susan Craft does a great job telling this tale of war, hate, sacrifice, revenge, love…the list goes on. I was captivated by the characters in this book, totally felt their pain and struggles. Oh what Lilyan, the heroine of this story, had to endure! She is truly a remarkable character…I found myself holding my breathe at times, wondering how things would turn out for her. Yes, there are moments of joy, laughter and love…but be prepared for heartache and tears as well. A very well ...more
J.M. Hochstetler
Mar 27, 2012 J.M. Hochstetler rated it really liked it
This story is set in a period that's very interesting to me, and Susan Craft has written an exciting, absorbing story with sympathetic, believable characters. I'm especially enjoying the details of the locale and the interaction between Lilyan and Nicholas. The Chamomile is very vividly written and is keeping me turning the pages to find out what happens!
Jul 13, 2013 Wanda rated it it was amazing

Favorite Scene:

"Late one evening the first week in May as they strolled the outskirts of the camp, Nicholas stopped at pointed to the sky. "See the three stars, there, in a row?"

Lilyan followed his direction. "Yes."

"That's the belt of Orion, the hunter. If you look closely, you can see his upraised club." He drew an outline with his finger.

Lilyan squinted. "Not really."

Nicholas chuckled. "It's difficult to see." He paused. "Lilyanista?"


"You do know that I love you, yes?" He faced her, tak
I wasn’t all that sure I’d like this book when I started to read it. It seemed a little too simple and it drug a little bit. However, a couple chapters in the story line really picked up. I was actually impressed with how much happened in the book without it seeming packed with ridiculous events pilled on top of each other.

The story follows Lilyan and is told solely from her point of view. She lives in Charleston with her brother, Andrew, and her companion, Elizabeth. After her brother is arrest
Lisa Johnson
Feb 21, 2015 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: The Chamomile
Author: Susan F. Craft
Pages: 251
Year: 2011
Publisher: Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc.
Lilyan Cameron is somewhat unique in that she runs her own business in South Carolina in 1780. Her parents are deceased and she lives with her younger brother, Andrew. Andrew has been fighting with the local militia against the British, but was wounded and took an oath to be a loyal subject to King George of England. The penalty for breaking that oath is treason, which could lead to exile or de
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Oct 22, 2011 Patricia Kemp Blackmon rated it it was amazing
The Chamomile by Susan F. CraftThe Chamomile has to be one of the best books I have read in 2012. I believe it had more of an effect on me because of the bravery of Lilyan the heroine in this book. She was determined to stand up against the British to protect her country. It did not matter the dangers she knew she would face.

With the help of Nicholas Xanthakos and many other Patriots she sets out to rescue her brother whom is being held on a prison ship having been charged as a traitor to the British crown. She ends up prete
C.M. Huddleston
Feb 23, 2017 C.M. Huddleston rated it really liked it
Well-researched history, sweet romance, and an interesting beginning to a trilogy. This first book has just enough of each to entice me to read the next two.
Connie Huddleston
Feb 23, 2017 Connie Huddleston rated it really liked it
Well-researched history, sweet romance, and an interesting beginning to a trilogy. This first book has just enough of each to entice me to read the next two.
Margaret Watkins
Feb 07, 2017 Margaret Watkins rated it it was amazing
A historical romance set in Charleston at the time of the British occupation during the war with the "Colonies", The Chamomile is an exciting, suspenseful read. The characters were well developed and Ms Craft draws the reader into the story with sights, sounds and smells so that you feel you are right there. The faith of the Patriots is uplifting, showing the way for those in dark times to find comfort and answers to their problems. I have perchance read a number of books from this era recently, ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
The Chamomile***** book 1 Xanthakos Family Trilogy by Susan F. Craft

What does a sister do when her brother, Andrew, is captured by the British and placed aboard a notorious prison ship? There is only one answer for Lilyan Cameron, join the Patriot spies and rescue him. Having a plan is one thing, carrying out that plan is another thing all together. Nicholas Xanthakos leads the rescue mission and ultimately captures Lilyan's heart. But Lilyan's struggles and challenges don't stop there. She face
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Aug 06, 2012 Ibjoy1953 Hannabass rated it it was amazing
Susan Craft has crafted an intriguing story with the historical setting in 18th century South Carolina. I thoroughly enjoyed the history part of this book, and clearly the author does her job in researching the events and places she writes about.

Lilyan was a determined young lady that promises Nicolas Xanthakos she would do anything, including taking a life, if it meant rescuing her brother from the prison ship he was on. And as we follow her journey, Lilyan finds herself in difficult circumstan
Oct 14, 2013 LAWonder10 rated it it was amazing
The Chamomile ia a wonderful historical romance story that has it all! There is action, adventure, romance, drama, intrigue, etc., yet it is very “cleanly” written. I read this in July when I had several major disasters so I failed to review it. I remembered I held it at a Five Stars rating so read it again to be sure I didn’t miss any details. It is an ideal story for family discussion and for Book Clubs.

The time period is the Revolutionary War. A young woman and her younger brother, (by two ye
Elva C
Dec 28, 2013 Elva C rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Elva Cobb Martin, President American Christian Fiction Writers – South Carolina Chapter 12/28/13

This is the best inspirational historical with great romance I’ve read in several years. Anyone who enjoys reading romance set in the midst of our own amazing American colonial history will love this story of the well-drawn characters, Lilyan and Nicholas, as they battle their way to freedom and to each other. The reader is drawn full force into this story, knowing a lot of the details did
Jan 23, 2013 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was wonderful! I only put it book down when I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.

The Chamomile is rich in historical detail but it's not dry and boring. Susan F. Craft knows how to make history come alive for the reader. She inserts facts into the story in such a way that they don't even seem to be facts.
I hadn't really read much about the Revolutionary War in the South, seems like history books and most novels always focus on the northern battles and events, so this book was
Aug 18, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
"The Chamomile" by Susan Craft is a wonderfully detailed depiction of life during the Revolutionary War. Although there are romantic elements to this book, the bigger story illustrates the harsh life endured when we endeavor to stay true to a cause, and the Christian theme of God's love, grace and mercy is woven throughout. I really loved the author's details of South Carolina at that time. It is obvious to me that she not only did extensive research but that she enjoys the little details that g ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Sharon rated it liked it
This book started slowly for me, but I really enjoyed it as I continued to read. It is a combination of historical fiction during the Revolutionary War, with a love story between a soldier and the main character, Lillian; and suspense when Lillian runs to escape a murder conviction. There are historical figures named in the book and it is written in the language and customs of that time. I would recommend this book to historical fiction readers interested in the Revolutionary War, an era not as ...more
Anne Gooch
Jan 11, 2013 Anne Gooch rated it it was amazing
This is a much different type of book I normally read. I usually wouldn't read a book that is about the 1700's but I had a chance to get the book from Susan Craft for a review.

At first it seemed to me a slow start but that didn't last very long because before I knew it I was really into reading this book. I loved the characters and how it was a Christian book (which is a big plus for me because that's all I read). I also loved how it was a love story and had suspense to keep me reading until mi
Feb 25, 2013 Cindi rated it really liked it
This is a story about a young woman during the Revolutionary War in South Carolina. Lilyan’s brother was a prisoner of the British army kept aboard a prison ship off the coast of Charleston.

Although the book starts out slowly, it’s well worth the wait to get to the exciting chapters. There is a little bit of everything in this novel. Some adventure, suspense and even romance. It shows the realities of war and reminds us how family ties and love can cause us to do things we never imagined.

Feb 07, 2017 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical aspects were informative

While the history was great, the romantic parts left me wishing for a more complex and interesting combination of characters. Character development was fairly good but could be improved. Story development made sense and brought us through the story to a satisfactory end. Changing point of view could have made this book more interesting.
Mar 22, 2013 Barb rated it really liked it
The Chamomile was very interesting to read. I definitely found I out I am not very knowledgeable about the Revolutionary War, but the author, Susan Craft, managed to teach me about it in a way that was not boring or over my head. On top of being a great history lesson, the book is also both a romance and inspiring Christian fiction. I very much enjoyed seeing the main character, Lilyan Cameron, grow in her faith and dependence on the Lord throughout the story and loved the unfolding love story. ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Katelyn rated it liked it
Lovely book. It's definitely different. The writer's voice was strong, and the writing clear. The author expressed her opinions through her writing very well. It was not at all preachy. It has romance, suspense, forgiveness, trust, and more. It was quite a read.
I only thought the romance happened a bit quickly. Nothing wrong with that, it was just different from what I am used to reading. If you're looking for an easy read, this is it.
Three stars. I look forward to what the author may have nex
Judith Geary
Jun 13, 2012 Judith Geary rated it really liked it
This is a personal and engaging story set in a time often portrayed in broad strokes of bright patriotic colors. The heroine's odyssey takes her across Revolutionary era America to the Appalachians in her efforts to save her family and her own life. It might be considered "Christian" fiction, but the orientation is entirely appropriate for the world view of the time period.
Jan 20, 2015 Regina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through every adversary God is with you

I really loved how Susan wrote this story.

Lilyan goes through a lot of trials but her faith remains strong through it all; although she questions, she still relies on Him.
JoAnne Watters
Feb 01, 2017 JoAnne Watters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faith or sight...

Good story of a young woman and her journey as she learned that God is real and could be trusted in all manner of circumstances. A good blend of danger and uncertainty along with faith and confidence in God and His word.

Feb 21, 2012 Penn rated it liked it
I am reading this book at the recommendation my friend, Anne! It is really well-written and very interesting!
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A history lover, Susan F. Craft researches for her novels with the same excitement as Alan Quartermain hunting for King Solomon's Mines and with the persistence of Lewis and Clark. She enjoys the chase when a clue leads her from one "treasure" to the next, to the next.

Susan recently retired from a 45-year career that included working for SC Educational Television, the SC Department of Mental Healt
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