Monday, March 27, 2023

A Girl Called Samson by Amy Harmon

A Girl Named Samson
by Amy Harmon

 Deborah Samson was indentured to a family with eight boys until she was eighteen.  She watched one boy after another go to fight in the War of Independence.  She out-drilled and out-shot them before they went.  Deborah wanted to fight and tried to enlist as a boy from her hometown.  She was discovered and almost jailed.  Later, she ran away to another town and enlisted as Samson.  This time, she served over a year before disappearing with an honorable discharge.  She marries a man she met while serving and lives happily ever after.

I enjoyed this book.  It was inspired by the true story of Deborah Samson, who did serve in the War of Independence for over a year.  She was not the only woman who dressed as a boy and fought in the war, but she was the only one who got a soldier's pension for doing so.  The author strays from the facts considerably, but I thought her story was well-written and interesting.  I found her descriptions of war vivid and believable.  I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a good romance story that pulls you forward through it until the end.

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