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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Forefathers & Founding Fathers by Michael Gorton takes us back in time to the early days of the colonies, but first the story starts in London. Samuel meets Mary, a woman who is highly educated, and they go through a life that is nothing short of a grand adventure. A couple who went to the fledgling colonies and suggested to the people there the basic rights and freedoms that we now all hold dear. However, they were not met with smiling, happy, patriotic faces, but were beaten and even sentenced to death for trying to change the way things were. Change and democracy did not come easy to this great nation, and it did not start with the wonderful founding fathers like Jefferson - the seed was planted much earlier in unfriendly soil.
Diving into this book was like diving into a favorite time period for me. I love everything to do with the American Revolution and that includes the many years before our founding to what happened in the early colonies. This book may be a work of fiction, but it is rich with true historical detail. I found it the perfect blend of fiction and real history, and loved every page of it. Samuel and Mary are characters you can't help but feel drawn to. They believe in the democracy that we, as Americans, have come to hold dear in the modern age. You may even find yourself getting angry at how they are treated, if you are like me and passionate about our history. The bottom line is: whether you know the history or whether you just want an entertaining read, this book ticks all the right boxes. It is enjoyable, rich, well paced, and historical. I would highly recommend it.