American Phoenix by Jane Hampton Cook ~ John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence

Monday, July 1, 2013

American Phoenix tells the amazing story of John Quincy and Louisa Adams. Who would have thought that their honorable exile in Russia would have helped save Americas independence! From their hard sea voyage there, to meeting the Royal family in Russia, and the war of 1812 this book has some exciting parts!

When the book starts Louisa is on a dangerous journey through the now beginning to melt winter in Europe. With possibly deadly accidents happing along the way! It is a story of one family’s sacrifices, adventure, and sense of American duty to help our country.

I don’t think I have ever known so much about John and Louisa Adams before. It was amazing to see into their life and how things happened back then. And there was also so much history about the things going on around them, and even how people dressed back then. I feel like I learned a lot more about other people in history through the story. But unlike a normal history book this one was more like a story.

At first it did not seem as novel like as I thought it was going to be, but after I got into the story it did seem more like a novel. It was kind of like a cross between history shows like I have seen on TV and a novel. Jane Hampton Cook did a very good job of writing a true story where you could see what really happened without it reading like a normal history book. I think it was really cool that she done it in such a neat way where it was more like a novel! It was a really nice book and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes history!

I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. The opinions are my own.

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