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Camp Follower (A Mystery of the American Revolution #3)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  115 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
A deadly assignment. A land poisoned by treachery and battle. She plunged in headfirst.

Late in 1780, the publisher of a loyalist magazine in Wilmington, North Carolina offers an amazing assignment to Helen Chiswell, his society page writer. Pose as the widowed, gentlewoman sister of a British officer in the Seventeenth Light Dragoons, travel to the encampment of the Britis
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 16th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published September 30th 2008)
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Alice Osborn
You usually think of the patriots of the Revolutionary War as the good guys~well not in Suzanne Adair’s fast-paced novel, Camp Follower! In this well-written historical novel, the patriots are “rebels” and the loyalists are the good guys. An intriguing twist, and one that makes Camp Follower, Suzanne Adair’s third novel, a fascinating read.

Helen Chiswell, a widow who supplements her meagre income by writing for the society pages of the local Wilmington loyalist paper, is commissioned by her edi
Norma Huss
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story of the American Revolution is authentic, suspenseful, and completely engrossing. This is the second of Suzanne Adair's books I've read. They had a couple of characters in common, but the first was of an American patriot, and this was of a British Loyalist. Widow Helen Chiswell, originally from England follows the British army officially "related" to an officer, but actually as a journalist to record what she sees. Naturally, she sees a lot, and ends up in danger for her life, and not ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, slow start but I would recommend reading. Characters are well developed. Most historical novels side with the Patriots, (rebels) during the American Revolution but in this novel the characters were on the side of Loyalists. Great to see a strong feminine character who is also likeable.
Andrew Macrae
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Camp Follower by Suzanne Adair

This novel is one in a series of books by Suzanne Adair that take place in the British southern colonies during the American revolutionary war. Ms Adair’s extensive knowledge of the era and the locale is evident in the depth of description and detail. The everyday life of two and a half centuries ago is neither romanticized, nor sanitized for our modern sensibilities.

As with her other work, Camp Follower tells the story of an independent woman caught up in the polit
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When impoverished widow Helen Chiswell is given the opportunity to travel with Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton and the British Legion in 1780 she sees it as a chance to improve her finances and write about something more exciting than social events.

But her publisher has more devious plans, which only become apparent the deeper she travels into the path of danger. Her travel escort, posing as her brother, is the brutal Lt. Dunstan Fairfax, who has plans of his own. Fairfax is using her as bait to ensn
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sold at the age of 17 to a colonial merchant, Helen Chiswell soon finds herself widowed after her husband is killed in a duel. Since her husband’s death, Helen barely makes a living writing a society column for a Wilmington newspaper. When her publisher offers financial compensation to travel to the British Legion encampment to interview and write about Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton, Helen quickly agrees. Although the funds promised are much needed, Helen is excited at the chance to prove her worth ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think if I'd known at the time I started reading this book that it was #3 in a series, I wouldn't have felt so confused about certain issues and characters. I admit that I kept thinking the whole time that this was an historical romance and that the author was getting around to setting up the Fairfax character and the female protagonist to be a couple. So I was confused when he ended up being a villain and there was no romantic connection to be had between them (though the female did seem to h ...more
Richard Abbott
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Camp Follower is one of a loosely connected series of books, set in North and South Carolina during the American War of Independence. I knew little about this aspect of that war when I started, and found the setting fascinating. Allegiances were fluid, and the civilian population might suffer at the hands of both sides.

Suzanne focuses mainly on personal relationships, using the military actions as a backdrop to these. The plot of this book is built around the central character's journey as a fem
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Helen Chiswell poses as the sister of a British officer to write a feature on another British officer. This was my first historical novel set during the Revolutionary War. It's set in the CArolinas, what was known as the Southern Theater of the War, a lesser-known region for many. Seen from a loyalist perspective adds an additional twist. I loved the protagonist, a strong survivor, and the detail of the setting. The author is an experienced Revolutionary War reenactor and I appreciated her atten ...more
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book that follows Helen Chiswell as she travels to join Tarleton and the British Legion. As a Loyalist, she does not like being accused of both spying and hiding rebel spies. She is desperate for money which is why she agrees to travel & report on the British Legion. Helen hides her original identity from several people who could destroy the life she has created in the colonies. She is brave and tries very hard to discover the spies who use her desk to hide ...more
Terry Ambrose
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I found the story interesting and enjoyed the different perspective, I kept finding myself being tripped up by the writing style, which I found to be almost like a textbook. Some of the character's motivations seemed a bit forced, but not out of the realm of possibility. What really carried the book for me was the thorough research that the writer had done to make the time period come alive and that helped move this from three to four stars.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was unsure about this book, I am not a huge civil war lover, history neither but did find this book very enjoyable. Adair writes beautifully, and doesn't give anything away, which I like. I was guessing the whole way through, and still came up shocked!
Feb 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of everything I've read of Suzanne Adair's (I think this is her 3rd book I've read), I liked this one the best. Still not a favorite, but decent. Maybe I've just gotten used to her writing style.
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Camp Follower. I don't often read about this time period, and it was an interesting journey back to the American Revolution. I especially liked the strong female main character, Helen, and the descriptions of the hardships of war.
marvin shults
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good story.

Another story full of history about early American life and all done with interesting characters. I wasn't aware of the camp followers and their role in the men's battles.
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was slow at times but still enjoyable. I liked the main character and enjoyed, as always, the opportunity to learn
more about an historical period while reading. Recommended. Thank you, free kindle books!
Lori Henrich
This was just ok for me. I kind of felt like it wasn't going to end. I liked the main character and her determination. But the plot seemed to go on and on. I doubt that I will read another one in this series.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to read something from the point of view of the Loyalists during the Revolutionary War. I've only ever read stories of the Revolutionaries fighting against the British. Different perspective for sure. I liked it.
An interesting story and plot, but again another historical fiction with modern sensibilities and world view.
Feb 14, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 20, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Andrea Kenyon
Interesting story but it sort of ended abruptly. Some of the character's actions were questionable in my mind.
Tom Park
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book with a lot of action. It did drag just a little in spots, but it manages to keep you in suspense right up the the finish and then some.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has at least 6 different story lines and it is super confusing. I do not recommend it.
Laura Tarbutton
Love these characters! This is one I will read over and over again.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well written, suspense-filled. Good characters. I'll read this author again.
Pam Maguire
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Liked it!
Nancy Adams
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of historical fiction will find this a fascinating account of some lesser-known aspects of American history. An intriguing plot coupled with strong characters.
Julaine Evans
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Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reena ...more
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