Acts of Courage: Laura Secord and the War of 1812

Author: Connie Brummel Crook
Pages: 258
Publisher: Pajama Press
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from the publisher's official website): She had been running, stumbling, walking for sixteen hours. It seemed that every muscle was screaming in pain. She did not even stop to check the new wound. When she reached the top of the hill, she stopped abruptly, trembling at an unexpected sight.

Clusters of tents and groups of men around campfires were silhouetted against the sky.

In Acts of Courage, Connie Brummel Crook dramatizes the life of one of Canada’s most enduring heroines, Laura Secord. from young Laura Ingersoll’s early days in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, amidst the turmoil that followed the American Revolutionary War, the story outlines her father’s difficult decision to move his family to Upper Canada. Laura’s subsequent meeting and courtship with James Secord is described against the backdrop of homesteading in the Niagara Peninsula and of enduring the imminent threat of American invasion. These first sections of the book provide the background for Laura’s courageous rescue of her husband from the battlefield at Queenston Heights, and her even more amazing trek to warn Col. Fitzgibbon of the American’s secret plans to attack the British outpost at Beaver Dams.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

We all think we know the story behind Laura Secord's heroic and courageous act, but do we really? In this biographical novel from Pajama Press, we learn about Laura's life before the war and the events leading up to her warning the soldiers about the imminent attack. We learn about Laura's courage and how she made the long, perilous trek to the soldiers' encampment, saving her country.

I loved that while it does include a lot of important historical facts, this book does NOT sound like a textbook. The author mixes just enough fiction with fact to create a story that will keep you reading till the very end. 

As a fan of historical fiction and biographies, I enjoyed Acts of Courage and definitely recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about this great Canadian icon without having to crack open a textbook.

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