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The Road to Deer Run (Deer Run Saga #1)

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The year was 1777. The war had already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a young colonial woman from Massachusetts. It had also broken the spirit of British soldier Daniel Lowe, a wounded prisoner of war in a strange land. They were enemies, brought together by need. Would their differences overshadow the yearnings of their hearts? Or would the bitternes
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Hardcover, 290 pages
Published April 2010 by iUniverse (first published March 30th 2010)
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Deanne Patterson
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I was engrossed in this book right from the start. I especially enjoyed reading a side note by the author at the end saying how this story was inspired by her family history. Very enjoyable start to the saga. I look forward to reading books 2 and 3.
Loraine
The year was 1777. The war had already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a young colonial woman from Massachusetts. It had also broken the spirit of British soldier Daniel Lowe, a wounded prisoner of war in a strange land.
They were enemies, brought together by need. Would their differences overshadow the yearnings of their hearts? Or would the bitterness of war keep them apart?

I love historical fiction and Elaine Cooper provides a Revolutionary War novel that is powerful and full of faith. The h
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Lori Parrish
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a new read for me. I enjoyed this book very much!!!
I also enjoyed making new friends and going back in time to the Revolutionary war.
People lived so very differently back then!!!
To my idea, even the British soldiers are human too! Even tho some ppldidn't think so.
I enjoyed this book for several different reasons.
I love the author's style of writing. She enables to keep the reader turning the pages of this book. I like too, how she brings the people from the past alive again.
I enjoy a
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Caryl
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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WOW! I was immediately drawn into the story. Ms. Cooper is a skillful story teller. The intrigue and romance kept me turning the pages. I loved Daniel and Mary's story. I highly recommend this book.
Julie Lence
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Elaine Cooper’s, Road To Deer Run, instantly hooks the reader. Daniel is an injured British soldier captured by U.S. forces during the Revolutionary War. Marching with other captured troops, Daniel is certain if the wound in his leg doesn’t kill him, the Americans will. Wanting to die on his own terms, he breaks free from his captives and flees into the woods, finding a wigwam to hold up in.

Mary is young and has known trag
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Tammy
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Historical Fiction
Elaine Cooper has hit another home run in her Historical fiction, “Road to Deer Run”. She has managed to bring the reality of the American Revolution and all the hardships that went with the time period into a well-rounded story of love, mercy and forgiveness. Her book is personally inspired by the love story of her great-great-great-great grandparents between the years of 1777 and 1783. She has been able to bring the hardships of family separations during war time, illnesses, births and deaths ...more
Janet Grunst
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ROAD TO DEER RUN is a sweet love story that takes place in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War. This tender tale was inspired by author, Elaine Cooper’s real-life ancestors and events which are explained in the author's notes.

In 1777 British lieutenant Daniel Lowe, having experienced bloodshed, starvation, and disease, is a POW on the Road to Deer Run and whatever prison awaits him. Suffering both emotional and physical wounds, this young soldier escapes his captors and hides in underbrus
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Deborha Mitchell
Pleasantly Surprised!

After I finished reading this book, I must say that I was totally and pleasantly surprised. I am so happy that it has a new cover.....I am usually drawn to books by their covers, but I must admit that it's original cover didn't catch my eye. But, then I entered a contest to win a book of love stories that contained one story by Elaine. I won the contest and when I received the book of love stories, I was surprised to see that Elaine had also sent me a copy of The Road to Dee
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Lisa Norato
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mary Thomsen is a young Colonial woman who has lost a beloved brother to the Revolutionary War. Daniel Lowe is a British soldier fighting for the enemy. When Mary finds decision. There are so many reasons why she should not help this man, the most pressing being the danger she would be placing herself, her mother and her sister in—three women left to fend for themselves, because all their menfolk are away at war. What would happen to them if they were caught harboring an enemy soldier? But Chris ...more
Robin Bowen
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Elaine Marie Cooper has written an extraordinary story of both courage and love. Her characters are true and remarkably developed throughout the story. There are a few we would desire to know personally.
We feel danger from a cunning, dark enemy residing upon our very soil here in America. We hear the crack of the enemy musket fire, feel the comfort given to a soul suddenly facing death.
The reader is taken at times to a quiet, comfortable hidden retreat existing as a sanctuary and a place of h
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Angi G.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is truly a wonderful love story that is not only based on true events, but whose characters are inspired by kin of author Elaine Cooper. Set in 1777 during the Revolutionary War, “Road to Deer Run” is the story of how American girl Mary Thomsen and British soldier Daniel Lowe meet and become friends.

Mary Thomsen finds the injured enemy British soldier, Daniel Lowe, on their property and nearly leaves him where she finds him, knowing that she and her family could get into trouble for helping
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Elaine Bach
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



Throughout her poignant novel based on a true story of her ancestors, Elaine Marie Cooper weaves fascinating historical details of life during the American Revolutionary War. The warm, memorable characters face their authentic struggles with faith as their guide. The many ironic plot twists and surprising resolutions keep the reader intrigued. Enemies at first, the tentative growth of love in the endearing protagonists is beautifully nuanced and resolves delightfully. Road to Deer Run is a worth
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Janet
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Road To Deer Run

Recently,I had a friend recommend this author; they attend the same church. I wasn't disappointed. I loved that this book is based on a true story of the author's great, great, great, great grandfather.

From the beginning to the last page of the book, I was drawn back in time. I was captivated by the story of Mary and Daniel. I felt I was there throughout the entire book.

I can't wait to read another book by Elaine. You've won me over. Thank you.
Angela Meyer
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Road to Deer Run by Elaine Cooper is a wonderful story set during the Revolutionary War. In her usual engaging style, Elaine weaves a tale that will keep you turning pages to the end. I thoroughly enjoy finding books that not only entertain, but also uplift me in my spiritual walk. Deer Run does not disappoint! The underlying message is strong without being in your face.
Amy
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Road to Deer Run is a fabulous beginning to the Deer Run Saga. This book has everything a reader wants from a historical. It is beautifully written, set during the Revolutionary War and based on the actual events of the author's ancestors. I just love Mary and Daniel's story and I look forward to the next book in the saga.
Highly recommended.
100 plus stars.
Sheryl M. Baker
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like an intricately woven blanket, Road to Deer Run weaves a story of love, forgiveness, redemption and hope that will warm your soul. Not only does it captivate you with its colorful imagery of the 1700’s, it captures your heart and emotions as well. Based on her own family history, Elaine Cooper writes with passion and depth. Road to Deer Run is a word weaver’s masterpiece.
Peter
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating story of an English redcoat being cared for by a colonial patriot. Enjoyed every second reading this novel!
JODI
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating! When you finish you will so thankful there are two more in the series!
Jeannette Dilouie
Jul 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Road to Deer Run" is exceptionally melodramatic to the point of being cringe-worthy. I'm genuinely not trying to be a jerk here, but the language used to create the narrative and dialogue is cheesy. The plot premise is clever enough, and it's pretty neat that it's based on the author's actual family history. But the way it's carried out is overall trite and predictable.

Another issue I take with the story is its glorification of the "damsel in distress" scene, which essentially romanticizes atte
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Noela
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Road to Deer Run, I believe, is destined to become a classic – it is a charming and exciting tale of the highest quality and with timeless appeal, and displays a gentle but passionate expression of life, love, and truth! This is an incredibly beautiful love story inspired by the true events of a young British soldier’s escape during the Revolutionary War and of the young woman who brought him back from the brink of death.

It’s 1777 and the young British lieutenant Daniel Lowe is in a long li
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Tina
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Road to Deer Run, Deer Run Saga #1***** by Elaine Marie Cooper

1777...Daniel Lowe, a British soldier in the King's army, spirit's very low, has been severely wounded and now on a death march to Boston as a prisoner of war. Desperate, he escapes his rebel captors, but due to the ever worsening pain in his injured, infected leg, he doesn't get far. Later he sees a young woman looking down on him and wonders if she is an enemy or an angel.

19 year old Mary Thomsen's heart was broken when her brother,
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Bonnie Roof
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1777, nineteen year-old Colonial woman Mary Thomsen finds wounded British soldier Daniel Lowe lying on her Massachusetts colony farmland. At first fearful of aiding an enemy - she is reminded of the Biblical account of the Good Samaritan, her sense of right and wrong demands she must help Daniel. Managing to help support Daniel's weight while the two walk to an abandoned American wigwam, which Mary and her younger brother used as a childhood playhouse, Mary hides Daniel and rushes home to sec ...more
Lisa Johnson
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Road to Deer Run
Author: Elaine Marie Cooper
Pages: 297
Year: 2010, 2015
Publisher: Cross River
My rating is 4 stars.
This was my first encounter with the works from this author’s pen. The story is set in Massachusetts in the year 1777 amidst the Revolutionary War. The British troops have had to surrender and the prisoners of war are marching toward a new prison when Daniel Lowe makes a break for escape. He has been injured in a prior battle, but has received no medical care. He knows that if h
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Kathleen E.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Road to Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper, © 2010, 2015
Deer Run Saga, Book One

Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. - Psalm 86:11

My Review:

Deer Run in Massachusetts colony, 1777
Where do you leave your heart to do what is right? Sorrow of war captives and treacherous times deflect, turning aside all feelings of retribution. A young colonial miss, Mary Thomsen, has gone deep into the woods on t
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Kathleen E.
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Road to Deer Run, Book 1 in the Deer Run Saga by Elaine Marie Cooper

The story begins near the village of Deer Run in the colony of Massachusetts ~ 1777.

Young British Lieutenant Daniel Lowe kept up the moral of his men as they walked the road before them. Hope, to keep them alive. Through lack of food and marching day in and day out, they were beyond fatigue.

A distraction leads Daniel off the trail, fleeing for his life. He is rescued by a young miss and hauled fro
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Deborha Mitchell
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it

I just finished reading this book and I must say that I was totally and pleasantly surprised. I am usually drawn to books by their covers, but I must admit that this cover didn’t catch my eye. But, then I entered a contest to win a book of love stories that contained one story by Elaine. I won the contest and when I received the book of love stories, I was surprised to see that Elaine had also sent me a copy of The Road to Deer Run. (I fully intended to read this book weeks ago, but things came
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Angie
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started to read, “Road to Deer Run”, all I knew of it was that my daughter had read it and now proclaimed Elaine Marie Cooper as her favorite author. As soon as I started to read into the first chapter, I understood why. The first chapter immediately pulls you into the life of a wounded enemy British soldier and his certain impending doom. Soon thereafter, we meet a young colonial woman who has suffered much loss in her life and is pulled into the life of the wounded soldier. What u ...more
Sarah
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our forebears had it rough. The founding of what would become the United States of America was an endeavor survived only by the hardiest. Life was filled with back-breaking work, Spartan living conditions, and fear of disease. In the midst of this, our country fought a long, desperate war for independence from the Mother Country - a war that would claim the lives of countless men. From this background, "Road to Deer Run," by Elaine Marie Cooper is birthed. Based on actual events, this is a tende ...more
Betti
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely fabulous book! You don't want to miss this historical fiction, taken from the author's own family history. The Revolutionary War brought much grief to many families, but it also brought great joy when those who had been fighting returned home safely. For the 'Redcoats' that option was less likely. After trekking from one prison camp to another, many with grave injuries, the only way out seemed to be to slide into the forest to die. In an effort to not be seen, the red coat was drop ...more
Cindy Huff
I loved following Mary and Daniel’s story in Road to Deer Run. (Book 1 of the Deer Run Saga.) Cooper placed her readers flawlessly into the Revolutionary War setting. There was just enough description without taking me away from the dilemma of the characters. A wounded British soldier falls for the farm girl who nurses him back to health. Not a new concept but always an enjoyable one. Elaine builds their relationship gently while throwing lots of obstacles and trials in their path. The themes of ...more
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