Winner of the Selah Award for Young Adult FictionWinner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Best Religious FictionWinner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Best Young Adult Religious FictionIn the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell (an ancestor to actor Kurt Russell) of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells’ doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered? Fields of the Fatherless is based on a true story.
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“Wow! Through the eyes, heart, mind, and soul of 18 year old Betsy Russell, “Fields of the Fatherless” takes you back to 1775 as a family and the village of Menotomy, Massachusetts awaits the inevitable and experiences the intolerable invasion of British troops. Elaine Marie Cooper’s powerful writing takes the reader into the reality of life waiting and watching for war and death. You’ll sense the fear, stress, overall sadness, and helplessness to stop.” ~ Amazon review