Title: A Girl Called Samson
Author: Amy Harmon
Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Historical Fiction
Books I love the most are the most difficult reviews for me to write. (Who can relate!? 🙋♀️) Hence the 2 month delay on this one. (That didn’t stop me from raving on every post I could find to either: tell people to read this, mention it’s a five star book or how much I love the author!!!) But, it felt fitting on the 4th of July to pull up my boot straps, like Deborah, and finally share my thoughts on what a badass this real life American Revolutionary War hero was.
“I can do this. I have done this. It is done.”
In 1760, Deborah Samson is born to Puritan parents in Plympton, Massachusetts; her father abandons her and her mother is unable to support the family, so Deborah is sent off to be a servant. From that moment on she yearns for a life of freedom and one full of adventure.
“It is not for the man who has everything and wants more that we fight, but for the man who has nothing.”
As Deborah grows up to be a young lady, her impressive height and lanky body allows her to disguise herself as a Soldier and she enlists in the Continental Army. Secrets, the horrors of war, coming of age and love . . . author Amy Harmon is an amazing storyteller. She has a an amazing way of delivering history with a slight fictional spin to engage the reader. If only all history could be taught through story!
“We’re all running away from something, are we? But no . . . I don’t belong to anyone. I don’t owe anyone anything. And no one’s looking for me.”
“I want to be loved madly or not at all. I can’t imagine finding anyone who would love me madly.”
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amy Harmon does it again! This is my favorite kind of historical fiction where I learn something new, but I can still get lost in the storytelling. I like reading historical fiction not non-fiction!! The time period religion that our country is founded on woven throughout the story I found refreshing. I found it fascinating to learn Deborah was the first woman to ever receive a pension. I highly recommend this book! Amy, is an auto-buy author . . . hopefully next time I can review faster! 🤦♀️