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How did the Jewish community on a tiny island in the Caribbean help America win the Revolutionary War?

Rachel Meares is unhappily married to a German merchant, in love with a British physician, and forced to spy for the American rebels by her African slaves, who know too many of her secrets, including how her brother and father are smuggling guns to the Americans from a Dut
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Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published March 30th 2013 by Maplewood Press (first published March 28th 2013)
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Tara Chevrestt
Looking at this story based solely on its contents, I should have loved it. It's extremely detailed about what happened in Newport during the Revolutionary war. This was interesting to me, as was the Jewish customs/ways/beliefs that were mentioned.

It has a strong heroine, strong in the sense that she overcomes a lot. The tragedies that befall her are never-ending to the point it's rather depressing. The loss of her mother, her father's abandoning her into the arms of a brutal man. Three miscarri
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Mirta Ines Trupp
Not quite 4 stars. I should have loved this novel, after all; the premise of the Jewish contribution to the American Revolution, historical sites and figures coupled with romance and intrigue should have warranted five stars! Nevertheless, I never truly warmed towards either the heroine or the hero, for that matter! It was not a Clean Read. There were distressing and uncomfortable adult situations, and while not pornographic; a more sensitive reader will not appreciate the sexual violence and oc ...more
Kathy
A Notable Occupation - Patricia O'Sullivan

The Jewish contribution to the American Revolution in hopes of finding a country in which they could call a home. The author takes us to Newport,RI where there is a colony of Jewish people residing making a life for themselves until the British fleet come calling. Most of the Jewish flee the British occupation during the American Revolution to other places in the colonies most notably Leicester, MA where it welcomes Aaron Lopez family to safety. Then the
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Joyce
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing better than reading an historical fiction novel that gives you a deeper insight and more knowledge of events in history, and “A Notable Occupation” is much more than I expected. Author Patricia O'Sullivan gave me a story that I knew nothing about... the Jewish people's involvement in the American Revolution. The story is set during the British occupation of Newport in Narragansett Bay and in Jews community on the island of St. Eustatius in the Caribbean Sea.

The book is definitel
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Debbie Rubenstein
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This historical fiction novel was very interesting and informative. It included information about real people in addition to the fictional characters. I felt that the fictional characters were not well-developed, however.
Eliot
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
An enjoyable novel describing the role and treatment of the Jews during the Revolutionary War.
The story tended to drag on and on as additional layers of complications were added.
Elizabeth
"A Notable Occupation" is a historical fiction about how the Jewish community on a tiny island in the Caribbean helped America win the Revolutionary War. While the main characters in the book are surely fictional, the large events described in the book, the British occupation of Rhode Island and St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, the two locations in which this book is set, are very real, as are the names and actions of the British officers described in the story.

Jews in Colonial America struggled
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Paul Eisen
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third volume of the trilogy

A continuation of the first two books about the plight of Jews in the Colonies and the Carribean islands. A wonderfull insight into life's conditions in that time period. Must be ready in sequence, starting with Hope of Israel, by the same author.
G.S. Johnston
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Again O’Sullivan does what I love about Historical fiction - I’m folded into a world I know little of and it’s reveal to me. Being a non-American, the finer points of the revolution are buried in my schooling history. But this fine novel opens up a subsection of those events, a people who were fighting for the same thing but perhaps motivated with another set of ideals.

This novel is a fine addition to O’Sullivan two previous novels. It forms a continuation, not so much of a narrative but of the
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Carol Tulgan
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is an interesting history of Jews during the American Revolution and their history in Rhode Island and the Caribbean Islands. I'm glad I read it and found the author's end notes the most interesting part.
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Patricia O'Sullivan is the author of three historical novels about the Sephardic Jewish experience in the New World: Hope of Israel, Legend of the Dead, and A Notable Occupation. In 2014, she published her first new adult novel, Awesome Justice. She lives in Mississippi with her family.