saratoga-lettersBattles come in all shapes and sizes. From the “friendly” competition between football rivals to jealous backstage manipulations to repeat surgeries to fix a lingering problem to even breaking free from a foreign power to achieve independence. Author Elaine Cooper knows firsthand about those surgeries after facing two of them this summer alone and her newest book, Saratoga Letters, starts with a tale from the Revolutionary War.

The opening heroine, Abigail, finds herself in the middle of multiple battlefields. Against her abusive uncle. Against her conscience as she aids the enemy against her will. Against a man who would take more than she’s willing to offer. Against a jealous nurse. Between two other admirers seeking her attention. Oh, and there’s a very real and very bloody battle nearby between the British soldiers and the rebellious Colonists. (Kudos to the author for a realistic depiction of the medical tent.)

Fast forward 200 years to a re-inactment of the famous battle at Saratoga and the descendants of the original characters are back in town…only to discover that some battles continue. The more-modern heroine (more modern only because it’s 1977 and not 2016) battles her lingering pain after losing her father, her body shows untimely weakness, and she’s butting heads with a stubborn Brit. Oh and there’s a mysterious someone threatening her because of something her ancestors may or may not have done. (The parallels to the past are quite a puzzle to solve, but readers get two heartwarming historical love stories for the price of one!)

All that to say, life is not without battles. Whether physically or emotionally, at home or at work, struggles are a part of the human experience. This is not heaven and therefore it’s a bit messed up. But as Jesus encouraged us, “Fear not. I have overcome the world.”

And sometimes our allies come from the most unlikely of places.

What about you? What battles are you currently waging? Who is the “enemy” and who is your “ally” in the conflict? Why do you think some battles become generational?

It is 1777. The Battle of Saratoga, a turning point of the Revolutionary War, encourages the American Continental Army with their first great victory. But there seemed little to celebrate for one patriotic woman forced to nurse wounded British soldiers right in their war camp. Thrust into deception by a cruel Loyalist uncle, Abigail is forced to lie in order to survive, all the while dealing with fears that challenge her faith. Danger stalks her everywhere, yet her salvation springs from an unexpected source.


Two hundred years later, on the anniversary of the Battle of Saratoga, thousands arrive from Europe and the United States to celebrate the event—including descendants from the war. One young American, Abby, meets another offspring of a British soldier. When her life is threatened, Abby turns to the only person she knows at the event—her British ally. Can she trust him with her life? Or will he betray her in the same way Loyalist spies betrayed her ancestors? Perhaps letters from long ago will reveal the truth.

You can find Saratoga Letters for sale here.

elaine-cooperAward winning author Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of Saratoga Letters, Fields of the Fatherless, Bethany’s Calendar and the historical trilogy called the Deer Run Saga. She has been captivated by the history of the American Revolution since she was young. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her historical novels.

Her upcoming release is Legacy of Deer Run (CrossRiver Media, Dec, 2016), Book 3 in the Deer Run Saga.

Cooper has been writing since she penned her first short story at age eleven. She began researching for her first novel in 2007. Her writing has also appeared in Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home by Edie Melson and the romance anthology, I Choose You. She has also written articles for Prayer Connect Magazine, Splickety Prime Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, and Life: Beautiful Magazine. She began her professional writing career as a newspaper freelancer.

You can read more at her website/ blog,

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