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An ardent Patriot, eighteen-year-old Delight Butler carried messages in 1776 Boston, hoping to do her part for the cause of liberty. But then her father decided to move his family from the British-occupied city to the quiet countryside town of Chesterfield. A year and a half passes, and Delight longs to do something for American independence. When Henry O'Neill, a wounded British soldier, is brought to the Butler home for recovery, Delight resents having to care for one of the enemy. A poor Irishman, Henry had enlisted in the British army in hopes of starting a new life in America after the war. However, Henry's time in the Butler home convinces him the British are wrong, and that the colonies should be free. And soon Delight and Henry begin to fall in love, but Delight fears for the future and Henry doesn't believe she loves him.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   American "colonial" era Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving someone from historic enemy In love with caretaker or teacher    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   a teen Profession/status:    -   homemaker Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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