Returning from the Shawnee, Brigadier General Jonathan Carleton rejoins General George Washington’s army to find the patriot cause on the verge of extinction. In a daring gamble the American force crosses the Delaware on Christmas night 1776, to defeat outposts at Trenton and Princeton before vanishing into the mountain bastions around Morristown.
Back in New York, Elizabeth Howard is drawn ever deeper into the intrigues that swirl around British General William Howe. She and her Aunt Tess, move to Philadelphia in summer 1777 to gather intelligence while waiting for a rumored British attack. Ambushed and almost captured as the Americans dig in at Brandywine Creek, Carleton is transferred to General Horatio Gates’s army in the upper Hudson Valley where his old nemesis, British General John Burgoyne, closes in on Saratoga. With decisive battles looming on both fronts, Elizabeth and Carleton face a crucible of war that tests their mettle, faith, and love to the very limits—and beyond.
“Perhaps the best fiction story of the War for Independence ever written. The author’s detailed building of the plot, and the skill of detailed creation of characters, makes this series the best one ever!!!” —Jim Barham
“Hochstetler tells riveting stories through the lives of the main characters, Elizabeth and Carleton and their families and friends. These books have it all—romance, suspense, and adventure—against the backdrop of the American Revolution. Through these books I have learned so much about the real life historical characters and the battles that were won and lost in the Sons and Daughters of Liberty’s pursuit of freedom.” —Sher
"This is the 4th installment in the authors "American Patriot Series" and while all 4 are terrific, "Crucible of War" takes it to another level. It covers the period from the battle of New York through the battle of Saratoga and the capture of Philadelphia. If you're are interested in the Revolutionary War this is an excellent series, the author's research is tremendous and her story telling ability keeps you on the edge of your seat, the ending of this book is incredible and leaves me waiting, impatiently, for the next volume." --Dave Traill
As a long time fan of Joan Hochstetler's novels, particularly The American Patriot Series, I was anxiously awaiting this particular book. The author met my expectations on every level. Seldom have I been so disappointed to turn the last page. Exquisite prose, stand-out characterization, and flawless historical accuracy concernting real-life events kept me riveted till the reading was done. I even found myself thinking about the characters and storyline when away from the novel, something I rarely do. I hope/pray she continues this series and/or delves into another 18th-century series like it. I'm a fan for life." --Laura Frantz, author of Love's Fortune