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The Break: Nova-Scotia

(Tales from a Revolution)

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Susannah Mills is trying to put the pieces of her shattered life back together after she and her father flee their erstwhile neighbors in rebellious Massachusetts.When the American War of Independence visits the safe haven they have found in Nova Scotia, she must rely on her inner strength and help from new friends to keep her skin in one piece.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 31st 2014 by Brief Candle Press (first published October 30th 2014)
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Jeffrey Miller
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lars D.H. Hedbor’s impressive and sweeping saga of the American Revolution continues with his latest literary offering, The Break: Tales from a Revolution – Nova Scotia. Unlike his other books in this saga which are set in one of the original thirteen colonies, this one takes place outside the colonies in Nova Scotia. Moreover this story, which is told from the Loyalist’s point of view, offers a unique historical spin and at the same time, a story which comes across as genuine, sincere and quite ...more
Angie Thompson
This is a hard book to review, since I think its strongest points are the things I disliked most about it. Confusing much? Probably...

First off, let me say, this book was very well-written. Absolutely. I think the author has immense talent. So most of this review will be about my personal reactions to the story.

Pro-con #1--the historical style. I thought the author did a great job at nailing the historical feel of the writing. There were only a couple of places where I wasn't sure about a word's
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Lisl
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the capable hands of Lars D.H. Hedbor, the American Revolution gets a great storyboard from which to relate its events—and we do mean great given the sheer volume of story in between the pages of eight young adult novels that portray the lives of ordinary people during this time of upheaval and transformation. Traveling from region to region, Hedbor’s historical fiction peeks into details history books necessarily do not, filling it in with authentic characters whose lives touch ours and show ...more
Michelle Isenhoff
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Break is another example of Lars Hedbor’s off-the-beaten-path Revolutionary War stories. This one starts in that very familiar epicenter of rebellion, Boston, and portrays quite realistically the violence visited on those who chose to remain loyal to the crown. Susannah Mills’ father is faced with the difficult choice—stay and take a chance with his family’s health and safety, or abandon his holdings and forge a new life in a safer locale. Like many Tories, he leaves Boston and repairs to Ha ...more
Margaret Pinard
This book was my introduction to Lars Hedbor's series about common people getting caught up in the American Revolution. I was drawn to this one because it is set mainly in Nova Scotia, where one of my own novels is set, and a beautiful spot. But setting is not the focus here; rather, the story focuses on one young woman's coming of age in a turbulent time. Susannah's relationship with her father changes, she learns about other people's characters through observation, and her own heart expands to ...more
Ken
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book is a delightful account of the prelude to the War of Independence and is largely recounted through letters between 2 friends separated by the unfolding events. I couldn't wait for the start of each chapter to read the next letter as the events unfolded. The authenticity of the language of the period is excellent as well as the general demeanor of the main characters, AS thoroughly enjoyable read despite not being from the genre I normally read
Holly Haber
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love reading historical fiction and The Break, is another book in a series I've enjoyed reading over the last several years. Lars captures the reader with the sweet friendship between adolescent girls while being true to the tumultuous time they are living in. It's especially interesting to read from the perspective of a Loyalist, reminding the reader there are two sides to every story in history.
A great read on a fall day...perfect with a cup of tea!
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What made the American Colonists turn their back on their King, and fight for independence? How were they different from us–and how were their hopes and fears familiar to our own hearts?

These are the sorts of questions that I think are important to ask in examining the American Revolution, and in the pages of my novels, I suggest some possible answers.

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