PRAISE FOR BECOMING VALLEY FORGE!
a work of fiction, author Sheilah Vance has included a great deal of historically factual background details in her stirring
saga of a novel. Impressively well written from beginning to end, "Becoming Valley Forge" is highly recommended
for both community and academic library Historical Fiction collections. -- Midwest Book Review, April 2016,
Small Press Watch
In her epic-length novel Becoming Valley Forge, Sheilah Vance dramatizes the horrific depredations experienced by
George Washington's Continental Army as it endured brutal conditions during the winter camp at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
The author centers her story around a small cast of colourful characters whose lives become tangled up in
the war, whether they want to or not. There is a local blacksmith named James, a former slave, a conflicted patriot, Daniel,
tavern-keeper Norman, Continental General Anthony Wayne, and the seemingly opportunistic Pennsylvania brothel-keeper, Connie.
The result of all these viewpoints playing out against the broader historical backdrop becomes a truly immersive reading
experience. -- Historical Novel Society, May 2016
Just finished "Becoming
Valley Forge," and felt swept into the action, characters and fervor that are so well portrayed. Most of the locations
cited are familiar, including some of the inns that are still serving meals in Wayne, Villanova, etc.! The portrayal of the
family life and stresses was particularly engaging so that the whole war as portrayed became a more personal drama.
also for the way under-reported aspects of both slaves and freed black people of the era and area. the determination of the
author to leave us with a sense of hope and abiding commitment to these issues was welcome and well received. -- Paul
Watermulder, a satisfied reader
This exacting work of historical fiction from Paoli’s Sheilah Vance explores the lives of
ordinary men and women—a former slave, a farmer, Army volunteers—as revolution engulfs the region. The perfect
beach read for a patriotic month.
--Main Line Today Magazine (July 2016)
WINNER, REGIONAL FICTION, NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS,
Becoming Valley Forge by Sheilah Vance, December 2015, $17.95 paperback, ISBN 978-0982494592, $9.99
ebook, 555 pp.
This epic historical novel shows how the lives of ordinary men and women who lived in the shadow of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania,
were changed forever during The Philadelphia Campaign in mid-1777, when the Revolutionary War battles came to their doorsteps,
leading them and their loved ones to Valley Forge from winter 1777 through summer 1778. James, a former slave, lives as a
blacksmith on Rebel Hill in Gulph Mills, with his patriot friend, Daniel. Daniel is reluctant to volunteer for the army because
he supports his mother and sister. James questions the sincerity of patriots who fight for freedom when so many African Americans
are still slaves. But, the Continental Army's occupation of Rebel Hill in early December uproots their plans. Orland Roberts,
a Paoli farmer, leads a local patriot spy network with the help of his wife Teenie, daughter Betsey, and brother Norman, who
owns a local tavern. As soon as they come of age, the Roberts' boys--Fred and Allen--enlist in the Continental Army under
the command of their neighbor, General Anthony Wayne, which puts them in the thick of The Philadelphia Campaign battles. The
family outcast, Connie, who runs a brothel in Philadelphia that services many British officers during their occupation of
the city, views the presence of both the redcoats and the patriots in the area as just another challenge that she has to conquer
to survive, until a series of events tugs at family ties. Their paths converge, along with many other people's, at Valley
Forge, where General George Washington's Continental Army, a young nation, and the fascinating characters in the book are
forced to confront the reality and the aftermath of war, revolution, and freedom as they grow and become what we mean when
we say "Valley Forge".
MORE PRAISE FOR BECOMING VALLEY FORGE
"Becoming Valley Forge provides a realistic
feel for life during that time in history. This is a fast-moving, detailed, and fascinating book." -- Marian Lane,
Author, Patriots of African Descent in the
Revolutionary War, and More Than One Ancestry.
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