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Lilyan joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her brother from a notorious prison ship. She'll lie, steal, kill or be killed she promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion's partisans, who leads the mission. In Nicholas' arms she discovers enduring love...a home. But that home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save thLilyan joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her brother from a notorious prison ship. She'll lie, steal, kill or be killed she promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion's partisans, who leads the mission. In Nicholas' arms she discovers enduring love...a home. But that home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save the life of one British officer but kill another to protect her Cherokee friend Elizabeth. In escaping bounty hunters, she treks miles of wilderness and very nearly loses everything before finally reuniting with her true love....

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The Chamomile Reviews

  • Loraine
    2019-01-25 08:03

    SUMMARY:Lilyan joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her brother from a notorious prison ship. She'll lie, steal, kill or be killed she promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion's partisans, who leads the mission. In Nicholas' arms she discovers enduring love...a home. But that home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save the life of one British officer but kill another to protect her Cherokee friend Elizabeth. In escaping bounty hunters, she treks miles of wilderness and very nearly loses everything before finally reuniting with her true love.REVIEW: I love books that are set during the Revolutionary War and this one did not disappoint. Written from a very different perspective (a Patriot woman's) as well as including some of the perspective of the Loyalists, Craft builds a storyline and characters that keep your interest from beginning to end. I really enjoyed this book because I had ancestors who fought on both sides so truly understood how Lilyan could find good and bad in both the Loyalists and the Patriots even though at heart she supported the Patriot cause. Historical research was evident throughout the story yet did not overwhelm the development of relationships and romance. If you enjoy a good historical romance novel that is definitely threaded through with faith and strength, I highly recommend this book. I certainly hope there will be a sequel to this book.FAVORITE QUOTES: "My father says it is a sign of true courage; doing what needs to be done, even though you feel like you're going to leap right out of your skin." 'If I have learned anything over the past few months, it is this. Nothing in this life is certain. God has given us the gift of this day, not the promise of another. And I believe He expects us to live each hour, each moment, acknowledging and enjoying that gift."

  • Carrie Pagels
    2019-01-28 10:47

    The Chamomile by Susan CraftFive Stars *****I am going to gush. I just finished reading Susan Craft's book. It is not a CBA book, but this is an amazing inspirational book. It is a historical with strong romantic elements, not a historical romance. Susan has a command of South Carolina history that is remarkable and it shows on every page. This book is like a treasure trove of American Revolution and colonial history relevant to South Carolina and unlike anything I have ever read. The closest thing might be The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Laura Frantz's labor of love which is set in Kentucke. Laura spent years researching The Frontiersman’s Daughter as did Susan in her research for The Chamomile. You simply must read it and if you have not read The Frontiersman’s Daughter you need to read that, too. I was thinking that Susan might be the Liz Curtis Higgs of SC historical (American Revolution) fiction – she gives that much attention to detail. Just a treasure trove of information along with a tight story and excellent charactertization. Loved it and did not want to finish this book. Bravo Susan!!!

  • Elaine Cooper
    2019-02-21 14:04

    Where do I begin? I loved "The Chamomile" so much that it will likely be on my favorite list for all of my 2012 novel reading.From the first chapter, I was totally caught up in the characters and their precarious situation as Patriots in British-occupied South Carolina in 1780. Author Susan Craft artfully wove an intense and realistic story filled with situations that left you breathless and characters that captured your heart. It takes an extremely well written story to move me to tears and I had to grab my tissues more than once. Throughout the novel is a strong theme of trusting God in the midst of terrible circumstances. The maturing of faith in the characters is inspiring. And each character, whether major or minor, was so well portrayed that I felt I knew them.Not only was this novel well written but the historical detail was enlightening and enriching. It was obvious that Ms. Craft spent years on her skillful research. She painted a picture of Colonial America that is still playing like a movie in my mind.Even if you usually don’t read historical fiction, I would still highly recommend this read. You will truly not want to put it down. I can only pray that Ms. Craft has a sequel in the works.

  • Beth
    2019-02-13 08:59

    Set during the Revolutionary War, The Chamomile is chock full of details about life during that time. For those details alone, it was an entertaining, one-time read for me. The interactions between Patriot and Loyalist was interesting because they were often friends and neighbors and saw each other on a daily basis. I love how the author didn't sugarcoat details of war, sickness and the hardships that they had to go through. It made for a richer, more complex story.The romance did not work for me; it progressed entirely too quickly and unrealistically, in my opinion, so I couldn't really enjoy the sweet moments between Lilyan and Nicholas because I didn't feel like there was much of a journey getting there. By the second or third encounter, they were suddenly in love. I just like a little more depth and build-up to romance than it was presented here, but it may not bother some readers.Although I found a few elements that didn't work for me, overall, The Chamomile is an enjoyable read.

  • Deborha Mitchell
    2019-01-24 07:56

    Powerful story! Susan Craft does a great job telling this tale of war, hate, sacrifice, revenge, love…the list goes on. I was captivated by the characters in this book, totally felt their pain and struggles. Oh what Lilyan, the heroine of this story, had to endure! She is truly a remarkable character…I found myself holding my breathe at times, wondering how things would turn out for her. Yes, there are moments of joy, laughter and love…but be prepared for heartache and tears as well. A very well-rounded tale that will have you turning pages quickly in anticipation of what happens next. I highly recommend this book.I want to thank Susan for sending me a copy of her book to read and review.Even though I was given a copy of The Chamomile by the author, I was under no obligation to give a positive review.

  • J.M. Hochstetler
    2019-02-15 11:55

    This story is set in a period that's very interesting to me, and Susan Craft has written an exciting, absorbing story with sympathetic, believable characters. I'm especially enjoying the details of the locale and the interaction between Lilyan and Nicholas. The Chamomile is very vividly written and is keeping me turning the pages to find out what happens!

  • Patsy
    2019-01-24 14:45

    This is an inspirational, historical, romance with love, war, family, courage, death and more. Lilyan Cameron joined the Patriots as a spy during the time of the British Revolution in 1780, in South Carolina to save her brother, Andrew from a prison ship. She promised to lie, steal, kill or be killed if necessary for the cause. Lilyan met Nicholas Xanthakos also in the militia, they fell in love but separated due to the war. Each on the verge of death numerous times not knowing when they would see each other again.A very powerful story with so many trials and twists and turns always facing danger with courage. Lilyan at 19, so young yet she is faithfully holding on to God. I love the characterization of the characters, so believable and fully defined, the scenes were beautifully written in detail. The plot was complex putting the reader in the middle, a well connected story thoroughly researched. I Iiked the the author's description of the characters and the locations at the end of the book. Thank you, an excellent storyteller, Ms Craft.

  • Wanda
    2019-02-21 08:04

    Favorite Scene:"Late one evening the first week in May as they strolled the outskirts of the camp, Nicholas stopped at pointed to the sky. "See the three stars, there, in a row?"Lilyan followed his direction. "Yes.""That's the belt of Orion, the hunter. If you look closely, you can see his upraised club." He drew an outline with his finger.Lilyan squinted. "Not really."Nicholas chuckled. "It's difficult to see." He paused. "Lilyanista?""Yes?""You do know that I love you, yes?" He faced her, taking her hand in his."I believe I do." Her heart raced as his thumb traced circles in the palm of her hand."But do you realize how much?"She leaned back, looking up at his face barely visible beneath the brim of his hat. "If it is only half as much as I love you, then your body cannot contain it."He sucked in a breath. "The days we spent together traveling here from the DeKruifs, I watched you. The way your body comes slowly away long before you open your lovely green eyes. I wake in the mornings remembering the way you stretch your arms to the side and arch your back. Do you realize how graceful your hands are when you braid your hair? Hair that looks like spun copper by firelight." He twirled a tendril of her hair around his finger. "I lay down at night wondering what it would look like spread across my pillow."Tension polled in the pit of Lilyan's stomach as the effect of his words swirled around in her body like warm honey.He dropped his hands to his sides. "But what a terribly uncertain time it is to be in love. Yes?"Lilyan pressed her other hand to his chest. "If I have learned anything over the past few months, it is this. Nothing in this life is certain. God has given us the gift of this day, not the promise of another. And I believe He expects us to live each hour, each moment, acknowledging and enjoying that gift."He curled his hands around hers. "If that is so, I will wait no longer. Lilyan Cameron, will you do me the great honor of becoming my wife?""Main Characters:Lilyan Cameron: Lilyan is an artist who owns her own store where she creates all kinds of artwork including painting murals for the more prominent citizens. Strong-willed and determined, but very protective of those she loves. Lilyan loves with a fierceness seldom seen by many. She sees through an artist's eyes and has great passion for the beauty around her. She is slightly reserved but also knows how to throw caution to the wind.Captain Nicholas Xanthakos : Nicholas is a Captain with Frances Marion's partisans fighting for lives and freedom. A sweet and gentle man with the prowess of a cougar when those he cares about are threatened. He is dependable and sturdy, solid as a rock in the hard times and gentle as a lamb with the woman he loves.Andrew Cameron: Andrew is Lilyan's brother. Fighting for the cause, freedom for the colonies. Andrew displays a courage seldom seen and a profound love for his family.Elizabeth Archer: Elizabeth was born among the Cherokee but when her parents died, Lilyan's father brought Elizabeth to live with them. Elizabeth, Lilyan and Andrew were siblings by every right except birth. Elizabeth had a gentle spirit and a loving nature but she could weild a knife like an expert. She was a very welcome and calming presense in this book.Angus McCallum: I just loved Angus. I loved his Irish brogue. I loved the few times he made me laugh. I just loved him period. Angus was a friend of Lilyan's dad who swore to protect Lilyan and Andrew until his last breath. I must say, he did a fine job doing just that too.My Thoughts:Lilyan Cameron is an artist who owns her own shop in Charleston, SC. Overrun by British soldiers, the colony is ruled with an iron fist but when the citizens get tired of buckling under British rule, a battle ensues. When Andrew is arrested for stealing the powder magazing in the basement of the exchange building, he is imprisoned asnd sent to live on a ship in horrible conditions. Lilyan vows to free her brother no matter the cost, even going as far as to promise Nicholas Xanthakos (A Captain for Frances Marion's partisans) she would lie, steal or kill if need be. Little did she know Nicholas would turn out to be the theif when he steals her heart. When murder is commited, Lilyan finds she has lived up to her promise and it sets in motion a string of unimaginable events.Nicholas admires Lilyan's courage and soon finds himself in love with the woman with the fiery hair and gentle spirit. After they flee the "murder scene" he leaves them encamped with several other women whose loved ones are fighting in the war. When she is discovered by "bounty hunters" she must flee again to live with the Cherokee, the family of her beloved Elizabeth. Lilyan is devestated by Elizabeth's death. She feels God has forsaken her and carries the guilt of her friend's murder on her shoulders. But God hasn't forsaken her. He sent help when Andrew was deathy ill and he saved her from certain death when she was kidnapped. With the help of her brother she finds her way back to the God who loves her. And, with God's help, Lilyan and Nicholas find their way back to each other.The Chamomile was a very poignant story of love and loss. The devastation they suffered was balanced by the love that surrounded them daily. The Revolutionary War came to life in the pages contained in this book. It made me want to learn more about the history of the war and that is a feat in itself since I'm not much of a history buff. It also touched every emotion and left me feeling emotionaly drained. I was literally crying by the turn of the second page. Susan F. Craft is a masterful storyteller weaving together a story that will stay with me for years to come. If you haven't read it (And I'm assuming if you're reading this you haven't) then you definitely should.

  • Katie
    2019-02-02 07:57

    I wasn’t all that sure I’d like this book when I started to read it. It seemed a little too simple and it drug a little bit. However, a couple chapters in the story line really picked up. I was actually impressed with how much happened in the book without it seeming packed with ridiculous events pilled on top of each other.The story follows Lilyan and is told solely from her point of view. She lives in Charleston with her brother, Andrew, and her companion, Elizabeth. After her brother is arrested for joining the Patriots, Elizabeth begins to work as a spy and pass along information. She meets Nicholas, a Patriot captain, and the two have a slow building, cleanly written love story.The author did a fabulous job of incorporating some history into the story line. You didn’t learn a whole lot of history through the book, but you got enough to get a sense for the time period, learn some interesting tidbits, and follow the story and its place in history. The story line moved at a great pace, not too fast and not too slow. After the first few chapters, which kind of dragged on a little bit, the content really propelled the story along. I can’t really say action because a lot of the book was talking and getting information.The characters were quite complex for a shorter book. You got a real feel for the characters and their personalities right from the start which is somewhat difficult to do. The book also really pulled you in to what Lilyan is feeling throughout the story and you feel what she’s feeling and hoping for her dreams. It’s also not a book where you start yelling at the characters because they’re doing something stupid. You don’t really feel that they are acting counter-productively to their wish, which is what happens in some books. The events happen in a logical order and are plausible enough that you don’t start wondering if this could actually happen.I strongly recommend this to people who like historical fiction. It’s supposed to be for teens and young adults, but it can be read by adults as well. The story is complex and this would be a great read to start historical fiction. There is a love story wrapped up in the more complex war story line. It’s also a clean book, so it would be good for anyone. There is some violence, but it’s not over-the-top and it’s in a normal context. There are some rough scenes so I probably wouldn’t recommend it for below middle school. It was a great book, but probably not a re-read.Check out my blog: www.bookmouseblog.wordpress.com

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-02-10 13:58

    Title: The ChamomileAuthor: Susan F. CraftPages: 251Year: 2011Publisher: Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc.Lilyan Cameron is somewhat unique in that she runs her own business in South Carolina in 1780. Her parents are deceased and she lives with her younger brother, Andrew. Andrew has been fighting with the local militia against the British, but was wounded and took an oath to be a loyal subject to King George of England. The penalty for breaking that oath is treason, which could lead to exile or death. Lilyan has also taken the oath in order to save her business, which is her only means of support, but secretly supports the patriots. She soon discovers her brother has taken up arms again against the British and fears for his life.Captain Nicholas Xanthakos, a young Greek immigrant, is also active in secretly supporting the militia. He takes an immediate liking to Lilyan. With the risk of Andrew’s life, Lilyan feels she must do anything she can to ensure his safety and so asks to be involved in supporting the militia by spying. When the unthinkable happens, she is forced to abandon her home, business and city to make a run for freedom. The feelings between Nicholas and herself continue to grow, but is the time of war really a time for love? Lilyan constantly worries for the safety of those she loves and faces the reality that she isn’t really trusting God to take care of her and her loves ones and provide for their future whatever that may be.Readers can identify with the struggles of a young Christian woman, who professes her faith, but sometimes has a difficult time living it. Lilyan experiences trials and difficulties any adult would cringe at let alone a 19-year-old orphaned female living in the 1780s. I appreciated all the historical details in the story. I thought the depth of the romance between Lilyan and Nicholas happened too quickly. I would have liked a little more time for them to get to know one another. There also wasn’t quite enough suspense for my taste. However, the premise of the story is a good one, and I do look forward to reading the second book that follows Lilyan’s life a few years later. This book is titled, Laurel, and I will be posting a review soon, so stay tuned!My rating is 4 stars.Disclosure of Material Connection: I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  • Patricia Kemp Blackmon
    2019-01-29 12:55

    The Chamomile has to be one of the best books I have read in 2012. I believe it had more of an effect on me because of the bravery of Lilyan the heroine in this book. She was determined to stand up against the British to protect her country. It did not matter the dangers she knew she would face.With the help of Nicholas Xanthakos and many other Patriots she sets out to rescue her brother whom is being held on a prison ship having been charged as a traitor to the British crown. She ends up pretending to be a British Loyal in order to get vital information about the British military movements. Her closest friend and companion Elizabeth was Cherokee which at times got her little respect from the British soldiers. One in particular, a British officer, tries to force himself on her and as Lilyan comes upon them and she kills the soldier in order to save her friend. Now her cover as a spy is in danger and they must flee from sight.Since her brother's escape from the prison ship he and some of the other prisoners join forces with Nicholas Xanthakos and the "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion in the fight against the British. Lilyan and Elizabeth stay at a camp with other women that are there to care for their husbands, sons and brothers that are fighting under Francis Marion. The battles against the British seem daunting but Marion and his men continue to push the British back.You know there has to be some romance in this book. Lilyan has fallen for the handsome Nicholas Xanthakos. Whenever she needed rescued he was there to make sure she was protected. He was not happy about her going undercover as a spy. He had no idea what kind of woman her was dealing with. She wanted to do what she could do in order to help defeat the British.I could go on and on about Chamomile but I want you to read the book. It is action packed and will keep you putting the book down. You may want to be sure to have some tissues handy. The author has done some major research for this book. Even though you know it is Historical fiction you still get some actual facts from history and go away from this book feeling as if you have just had a very good lesson in Colonial History. And the way the author describes the locations and costumes it actually made me feel as if I were an onlooker, a part in the book.I highly recommend this book.DisclosureI won a copy of this book from the author on Colonial Quills blog. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.

  • Connie Huddleston
    2019-02-11 13:08

    Well-researched history, sweet romance, and an interesting beginning to a trilogy. This first book has just enough of each to entice me to read the next two.

  • Margaret Watkins
    2019-02-05 07:52

    A historical romance set in Charleston at the time of the British occupation during the war with the "Colonies", The Chamomile is an exciting, suspenseful read. The characters were well developed and Ms Craft draws the reader into the story with sights, sounds and smells so that you feel you are right there. The faith of the Patriots is uplifting, showing the way for those in dark times to find comfort and answers to their problems. I have perchance read a number of books from this era recently, and The Chamomile reflects the same findings as other writers, that although the British dealt with the local populace with an iron fist, the underground movement was strong and the people of the town had courage and strength of will to overcome the adversities they faced. This book also brings out the fact that although the two nations were at war with each other, there were good and just people on both sides, people with honour and integrity. I love the characters. Lilyan is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary burden on her shoulders. Her friendship with Elizabeth is special and her caring for the people around her reflects the depths of her goodness. Her meeting with Nicholas is amusing, but the attraction they have one for another cannot be disputed. There are a number of characters in this book, and I found it interesting that they don't get mixed up in your mind while reading. They all play their part. There is a thread of love that runs through the story, both for Lilyan's friends and family, as well as her passion for Nicholas. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good historical romance with some suspense.

  • Tina
    2019-02-04 13:40

    The Chamomile***** book 1 Xanthakos Family Trilogy by Susan F. CraftWhat does a sister do when her brother, Andrew, is captured by the British and placed aboard a notorious prison ship? There is only one answer for Lilyan Cameron, join the Patriot spies and rescue him. Having a plan is one thing, carrying out that plan is another thing all together. Nicholas Xanthakos leads the rescue mission and ultimately captures Lilyan's heart. But Lilyan's struggles and challenges don't stop there. She faces dangers that she never dreamed of and fought for her family in ways she never imagined. I loved her strong character, faith and devotion to her family and friends...even to the point of placing her own life in danger. Nicholas is another character that captured my heart. I loved his strength, moral character, faith and dedication to his beliefs...even if it leads to danger and possibly death. Angus McCallum, a hot tempered Scot and self-appointed guardian to Lilyan and Andrew after their father died, soon became a favorite too. He had a tender heart but didn't want anyone to know it.The Chamomile is a story that I will long remember. It is filled with historical details of the British-occupied 1870's Charlestown, South Carolina in a such a way that I could envision the area as if I was there among them. I got caught up in the lives of the characters, the dangers and challenges they faced which kept me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath and tears at times. There is joy, laughter and love woven through their war-torn lives that gives us a taste of all they faced. A fantastic, gripping story that is well worth staying up late into the night to see what comes next. This is now one of my favorite books.

  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    2019-02-20 13:05

    Susan Craft has crafted an intriguing story with the historical setting in 18th century South Carolina. I thoroughly enjoyed the history part of this book, and clearly the author does her job in researching the events and places she writes about.Lilyan was a determined young lady that promises Nicolas Xanthakos she would do anything, including taking a life, if it meant rescuing her brother from the prison ship he was on. And as we follow her journey, Lilyan finds herself in difficult circumstances that she never dreamed of being in, in order to protect someone she loved. I liked Lilyan’s feisty attitude, never shying away from anything, because she loved her brother. This is what keeps Susan’s readers turning the pages of this wonderful book. The characters are unique, real, and believable, weaving their way into our hearts as we read their story.And of course there has to be some romance to the story, so as Nicolas and Lilyan spend time together, their attraction begins to grow stronger and stronger. Each time Nicolas is called away, they both dread their time away from each other. But can they really find true love, and a happy marriage in the mist of the horrible things going on around them? The mystery and suspense involved in “The Chamomile” will keep you turning the pages until the very end.Are you a history buff? Then this book is a must for you. This is a very interesting and intriguing historical lesson. You will not be disappointed in this wonderful book by Susan Craft. Go grab a copy to read and enjoy for yourself.A copy of this book was given to me by the author to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review here are mine only.

  • LAWonder10
    2019-01-22 09:56

    The Chamomile ia a wonderful historical romance story that has it all! There is action, adventure, romance, drama, intrigue, etc., yet it is very “cleanly” written. I read this in July when I had several major disasters so I failed to review it. I remembered I held it at a Five Stars rating so read it again to be sure I didn’t miss any details. It is an ideal story for family discussion and for Book Clubs.The time period is the Revolutionary War. A young woman and her younger brother, (by two years) were left orphaned with only their Cherokee servant/sister, Elizabeth, to care for them. Lilyan was an artist with her own shop and Andrew insisted on joining the American Militia with his best friend Herald. An older man, Callum, was given the ”charge” by their father, before he died, to watch over them. There were other supporting character - of both opposing forces.There was a perfect mix of fact with fiction. The story moved smoothly from page to page, never losing the reader’s interest.The cover was attractively done with subtle clues of the storyline in the background.One could not help but “fall in love” with the main characters. They were very defined individually, giving them a very real presence. The “tyrants” drew various types of feelings and emotions from the reader. They were all very interesting. The description of all the background scenery was very picturesque. The reader could easily envision it very clearly.This novel does conjure emotions but isn’t what one would label “a tear jerker”. Just a fast paced, emotionally moving tale during the horrors of war.I review this book with a Five stars rating. I could not find any flaws.

  • Elva C
    2019-02-22 13:40

    Reviewed by Elva Cobb Martin, President American Christian Fiction Writers – South Carolina Chapter 12/28/13This is the best inspirational historical with great romance I’ve read in several years. Anyone who enjoys reading romance set in the midst of our own amazing American colonial history will love this story of the well-drawn characters, Lilyan and Nicholas, as they battle their way to freedom and to each other. The reader is drawn full force into this story, knowing a lot of the details did take place in our early years of forging a new nation. Set in Charlestown during the American Revolution the volume is not only a tender romance and a full-color portrait of the patriot types--men, women, and even some Indians--who sacrificed much to free us from English rule, it is also chock full of authentic historical detail. Craft’s careful research and description of eighteenth-century life, speech, manners, Cherokee Indian lore, and even food preparation is evident in every chapter.Craft also weaves wonderful spiritual principles throughout as both hero and heroine find their faith severely tested by the times and their love for each other. Their courage, love, and strength only grow stronger as does their faith through every new conflict.One finds many jewels on these pages, including interesting chapter headings in prose or scripture, descriptions of scenery and passionate romance. The theme of trusting God in perilous times, and no matter what happens, is as appropriate today as it was then for individuals and for our nation.

  • Jasmine
    2019-02-01 10:05

    Wow! This book was wonderful! I only put it book down when I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. The Chamomile is rich in historical detail but it's not dry and boring. Susan F. Craft knows how to make history come alive for the reader. She inserts facts into the story in such a way that they don't even seem to be facts. I hadn't really read much about the Revolutionary War in the South, seems like history books and most novels always focus on the northern battles and events, so this book was informative to me as well as entertaining.Well written, full of danger and adventure but believable. The descriptions were enough to visualize without being overdone. One interesting thing is that, while old fashioned terms and words are used the book does not become bogged down in 'Colonialisms'.I genuinely liked Lilyan, she started out complying to stay safe but through the book she grew and matured both in bravery and in her faith. I really admired her dedication and determination to save her brother, she was willing to do whatever it took to get him off of the prison ship and afterward.If you like to read about the Revolutionary War or just like Historical Fiction The Chamomile is an excellent choice and is well worth your time in reading.I loved The Chamomile!

  • Anna
    2019-02-03 07:42

    "The Chamomile" by Susan Craft is a wonderfully detailed depiction of life during the Revolutionary War. Although there are romantic elements to this book, the bigger story illustrates the harsh life endured when we endeavor to stay true to a cause, and the Christian theme of God's love, grace and mercy is woven throughout. I really loved the author's details of South Carolina at that time. It is obvious to me that she not only did extensive research but that she enjoys the little details that give the story more substance.I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about realistic characters living difficult yet God-honoring lives, and also to American Revolution history buffs.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-26 08:46

    This book started slowly for me, but I really enjoyed it as I continued to read. It is a combination of historical fiction during the Revolutionary War, with a love story between a soldier and the main character, Lillian; and suspense when Lillian runs to escape a murder conviction. There are historical figures named in the book and it is written in the language and customs of that time. I would recommend this book to historical fiction readers interested in the Revolutionary War, an era not as common to read about in today's Christian fiction. I like how Lillian talks about her parents' love for each other as something she wants for her own future husband. Come to my Church Library to read it as I donate my books to them!

  • Anne
    2019-02-13 12:53

    This is a much different type of book I normally read. I usually wouldn't read a book that is about the 1700's but I had a chance to get the book from Susan Craft for a review. At first it seemed to me a slow start but that didn't last very long because before I knew it I was really into reading this book. I loved the characters and how it was a Christian book (which is a big plus for me because that's all I read). I also loved how it was a love story and had suspense to keep me reading until midnight. If reading about love, family, friendship, hard times and God is something you enjoy then this book is for you.Thank you Susan for opening my eyes to the 1700's :)

  • Cindi
    2019-01-25 13:57

    This is a story about a young woman during the Revolutionary War in South Carolina. Lilyan’s brother was a prisoner of the British army kept aboard a prison ship off the coast of Charleston.Although the book starts out slowly, it’s well worth the wait to get to the exciting chapters. There is a little bit of everything in this novel. Some adventure, suspense and even romance. It shows the realities of war and reminds us how family ties and love can cause us to do things we never imagined. Craft has a wonderful writing ability. If you are looking to read something by an author who knows her history, Susan Craft is the one.

  • Laura
    2019-02-14 15:03

    Historical aspects were informativeWhile the history was great, the romantic parts left me wishing for a more complex and interesting combination of characters. Character development was fairly good but could be improved. Story development made sense and brought us through the story to a satisfactory end. Changing point of view could have made this book more interesting.

  • Barb
    2019-01-23 07:42

    The Chamomile was very interesting to read. I definitely found I out I am not very knowledgeable about the Revolutionary War, but the author, Susan Craft, managed to teach me about it in a way that was not boring or over my head. On top of being a great history lesson, the book is also both a romance and inspiring Christian fiction. I very much enjoyed seeing the main character, Lilyan Cameron, grow in her faith and dependence on the Lord throughout the story and loved the unfolding love story. If you enjoy historical romance and also want a good clean storyline, clearly Christian but without characters who are too Pollyana-ish or preachy, you too will enjoy The Chamomile.

  • Katelyn
    2019-01-31 06:48

    Lovely book. It's definitely different. The writer's voice was strong, and the writing clear. The author expressed her opinions through her writing very well. It was not at all preachy. It has romance, suspense, forgiveness, trust, and more. It was quite a read. I only thought the romance happened a bit quickly. Nothing wrong with that, it was just different from what I am used to reading. If you're looking for an easy read, this is it. Three stars. I look forward to what the author may have next.

  • Judith Geary
    2019-02-04 12:50

    This is a personal and engaging story set in a time often portrayed in broad strokes of bright patriotic colors. The heroine's odyssey takes her across Revolutionary era America to the Appalachians in her efforts to save her family and her own life. It might be considered "Christian" fiction, but the orientation is entirely appropriate for the world view of the time period.

  • Helena
    2019-02-20 06:49

    Review and giveaway can be found on the Romantic Historical Fiction Lover's blog.

  • Regina
    2019-02-07 09:44

    Through every adversary God is with youI really loved how Susan wrote this story. Lilyan goes through a lot of trials but her faith remains strong through it all; although she questions, she still relies on Him.

  • JoAnne Watters
    2019-02-08 07:48

    Faith or sight...Good story of a young woman and her journey as she learned that God is real and could be trusted in all manner of circumstances. A good blend of danger and uncertainty along with faith and confidence in God and His word.

  • Penn
    2019-01-25 10:10

    I am reading this book at the recommendation my friend, Anne! It is really well-written and very interesting!