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In Celia Garth, Gwen Bristow cleverly draws the reader in what seems to be a lightweight, comedic tale, with a ditzy, silly, social climbing, young heroine who made me think at first this was gonna be a Becky Sharp doppelganger Then, lo and behold, we are plunged into the horror, the real horror of war From the siege of Charleston by British forces, to their savage plunder of nearby plantations, and persecution of those who were perceived as less than loyal to the King, after their initial vic In Celia Garth, Gwen Bristow cleverly draws the reader in what seems to be a lightweight, comedic tale, with a ditzy, silly, social climbing, young heroine who made me think at first this was gonna be a Becky Sharp doppelganger Then, lo and behold, we are plunged into the horror, the real horror of war From the siege of Charleston by British forces, to their savage plunder of nearby plantations, and persecution of those who were perceived as less than loyal to the King, after their initial victory over the Americans, Bristow painted a picture of the American Revolution that was realistic, heartbreaking, and vivid The second half of the book, after the invasion and occupation of the Brits, has our heroine becoming a spy for the rebels Well, this was very underwhelming for me, as was the tepid romance The author obviously did her research of the era so I was disappointed that she did not get inspired to have her heroine emulate some of the fascinating, adventurous, real life, female heroes of the American Revolution There was so much swashbuckling opportunity here Unfortunately, our heroine is relegated to passing little messages hidden in sewing baskets Quel dommage First half was stellar, second half just underwhelming I would still recommend this for people who, like me, know very little of the details of the American Revolutionary Wars This is the tale of Celia Garth, a 20 year old woman trying to make a living as a seamstress in Charleston, South Carolina during the Revolutionary war The author does a great job of setting up the scenes of the town and plantations, and the history of the time We follow Celia and her friends through the seige of Charleston by the British, living through the constant shelling and lack of food until the final surrender At first, things seem normal after the surrender and Celia begins to build This is the tale of Celia Garth, a 20 year old woman trying to make a living as a seamstress in Charleston, South Carolina during the Revolutionary war The author does a great job of setting up the scenes of the town and plantations, and the history of the time We follow Celia and her friends through the seige of Charleston by the British, living through the constant shelling and lack of food until the final surrender At first, things seem normal after the surrender and Celia begins to build a new life, but tragedy strikes after the British go back on their promises and Celia must start life afresh This time, while working as a seamstress she is also a bit of a spy for the colonials This was a wonderful story of love and courage, with a great dose of history thrown in I don t know enough about the period to say how accurate it is, but I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in another century for a day or two This is also a good choice for a younger reader, as the love scenes , if you can call them that, are extremely chaste Note, this book is scheduled to be republished in December 2008 If you would like to know what the antebellum south was like, read this story of Charleston, SC It s 1779 and America is fighting for its freedom The British invade Charleston Harbor and overwhelm the American fighters Charleston surrenders Meanwhile a guerrilla fighter is wreaking havok on the British supply lines in other parts of the state His name is Francis Marion and his nickname is the Swamp Fox Marion and his marauders hit the enemy, do their damage and melt away into the swamp If you would like to know what the antebellum south was like, read this story of Charleston, SC It s 1779 and America is fighting for its freedom The British invade Charleston Harbor and overwhelm the American fighters Charleston surrenders Meanwhile a guerrilla fighter is wreaking havok on the British supply lines in other parts of the state His name is Francis Marion and his nickname is the Swamp Fox Marion and his marauders hit the enemy, do their damage and melt away into the swamp Our protagonist Celia Garth reminds me a little of Scarlet Ohara from Gone With the Wind Beautiful, headstrong and smart, and living in Charleston, Celia spies for the American Rebels Of course there is a Rhett Butler type named Luke Ansell, who fights the British with the Swamp Fox There are sparks between the two A tantalizing novel originally released in 1959, went out of print and now it s available again Author brings us into life in America during the Revolution in antebellum south, with plantations in the country and city life in Charleston There is plenty of southern charm along with the dregs of war I enjoyed the story immensely Highly recommended Celia Garth, was fabulous I mean, really It was the perfect gloomy day read I liked how Celia grew from a young twenty year old to a mature young woman She went from thinking the war was dull since she couldn t see it to thinking it was a horrible thing She learned that it was possible to love two men, and that sometimes what you think you want isn t really it Jimmy was a tall, lanky and ugly captain of the revolution He was so kind to Celia, helping her catch her dreams and watching out Celia Garth, was fabulous I mean, really It was the perfect gloomy day read I liked how Celia grew from a young twenty year old to a mature young woman She went from thinking the war was dull since she couldn t see it to thinking it was a horrible thing She learned that it was possible to love two men, and that sometimes what you think you want isn t really it Jimmy was a tall, lanky and ugly captain of the revolution He was so kind to Celia, helping her catch her dreams and watching out for her His family was the close kind, the ones with cozy rooms lined with books and a mother who says to CeliaOf course, child, you ll have two With that waist line you could have a dozen She laughed and patted her own plump sides, quite a bit of padding I ve got But oh, the fun I had getting itDo you see why I loved that family So down to earth Then we have a family quite different, they like things just so, Vivian is a mother who s house is in order and everyone in it is too But her son Luke, the cheek piece, takes a shine to Celia and together they have numerous bantering conversations They really made the book I just have one nit picky thing to say When Celia and other seamstresses had gentelmen callers, they were called boy friends Later when mentioning men who kept company with women who weren t their wives, they were called girl friends Maybe it s just me, but I think calling them mistresses or trollops or just Lady Friends would have been aaccurate way of referring to them considering the time period Boy friend and girl friend didn t really come into common use till what, the fifties Other than that though, I was happy I do think that Helen Topping Miller hadexciting descriptions of the American Revolution in her books Slow Dies the Thunder, The Proud Young Thing and Trumpet in the City But Gwen Bristow is a bit better at the romance PG We have some war imagery, a few swears and mention of what soldiers would do to people and live stock Like rape, murder and burning the houses down This book is what all historical fiction ought to be accurate historic facts and a gripping story line of fictional characters I enjoyed it so much, I plan on purchasing the book so it can be read again It s a great companion to Johnny Tremain because in that book you have a male hero right in the middle of all the action, but in Celia Garth you have a female hero on the outskirts of it I love getting the two perspectives Celia Garth, the main character, is a naive girl working as an a This book is what all historical fiction ought to be accurate historic facts and a gripping story line of fictional characters I enjoyed it so much, I plan on purchasing the book so it can be read again It s a great companion to Johnny Tremain because in that book you have a male hero right in the middle of all the action, but in Celia Garth you have a female hero on the outskirts of it I love getting the two perspectives Celia Garth, the main character, is a naive girl working as an apprentice to a seamstress in Charleston, South Carolina She hears bits of news about the war with Britain but doesn t much care about it until the revolution comes to her When the king s army lays siege and then captures Charleston, her life is turned upside down, and she must decide which side to place her allegiance The story is a page turner.Along with loving the story, I learned about a part of the American Revolution that I had not yet been aware I didn t know that most of the south was under British occupation and fear of the ravisher Colonel Banastre Tarleton I didn t know about the man who was finally able to defeat him, Francis Marion, whose unorthodox military tactics originated modern guerrilla warfare, and is credited in the lineage of the United States Army Rangers I looked up several of these key American Revolution figures on Wikipedia, and both Tarleton and Marion are controversial figures Gwen Bristow unabashedly favors the American view of Tarleton being a scoundrel and Marion being a hero If she were a British author, those opinions would be reversed.I read Celia Garth over the 4th of July holiday What a great book to better appreciate the sacrifices made for our independence and freedom Celia Garth is a fantastic novel of the role of Charleston in the American Revolution It tells youabout the struggle and perseverance of the rebels against the British and what they went through This is my first book by Ms Bristow, but it s not going to be my last I didn t know if I would like this or not I have been so pleasantly surprised Her writing is easy, but well done I wasn t ever bored There were a few points where I skimmed some wordy descriptions, but it was truly a few Celia Garth is a fantastic novel of the role of Charleston in the American Revolution It tells youabout the struggle and perseverance of the rebels against the British and what they went through This is my first book by Ms Bristow, but it s not going to be my last I didn t know if I would like this or not I have been so pleasantly surprised Her writing is easy, but well done I wasn t ever bored There were a few points where I skimmed some wordy descriptions, but it was truly a few times If you love Gone With The Wind or historical fiction set in this time, you should definitely check this book out Wonderful story set during the American Revolution Celia Garth lives in Charleston and works as a seamstress She experiences the Revolutionary War and even plays a part The descriptions of the area are very well done I did have one minor nitpick, I ve never known Carolina Jessamine to be in full bloom in June Had the author said anytime between December and March, I wouldn t have had a quibble Other than that, Gwen Bristow can sure tell a great story I absolutely love her writing. This is a story about a girl who wanted things to happen to herCelia Garth lived in Charleston, South Carolina, during the American Revolution She had blond hair and brown eyes and a sassy face, and she worked in a fashionable dressmaking shopThings did happen to Celia, but not as she had planned The king s army captured Charleston The ravisher Tarleton swept through the Carolina countryside in a wave of blood and fire and debauchery Caught up in the ruin were Celia and her friends the merry minded Darren Jimmy, whose love for Celia brought her into his tragedy the fascinating Vivian, five times married Godfrey, rich and powerful, who met disaster because he could control anything in town but the weather the daredevil LukeMost people thought the Revolution was lost Many Americans, like Celia s handsome cousin Roy, joined the king s side Then out of the swamps appeared Francis MarionMarion was a little man Marion was also crippled But as Luke said of him, When that man s leading a charge, he looks nine feet tall In the dressmaking shop, Celia became a spy for Marion She sewed, she smiled sweetly, and in secret she risked her life sending information to this man that the king s whole army could not catch, the mighty little man to whom Tarleton angrily gave the name Swamp Foxfrom the front end flap Warnings 1 The jacket flap gives away the plot Don t read the whole thing 2 This is a story about war There are horrific acts of violence that appear as part of the plot You can t skip it because the whole plot depends on it The war action is told rather than shown, but it s told in enough gruesome detail to be a textbook, similar to An Infamous Army.Plot summary without spoilersCelia Garth is young, pretty and bored to death working as an apprentice seamstress in Charleston, South Carolin Warnings 1 The jacket flap gives away the plot Don t read the whole thing 2 This is a story about war There are horrific acts of violence that appear as part of the plot You can t skip it because the whole plot depends on it The war action is told rather than shown, but it s told in enough gruesome detail to be a textbook, similar to An Infamous Army.Plot summary without spoilersCelia Garth is young, pretty and bored to death working as an apprentice seamstress in Charleston, South Caroline during the Revolutionary War Ceila is always looking to the future Her present is not satisfying enough for her She longs to sew a real dress and become a well known seamstress instead of going back to the country as a poor relation When her friend Captain Jimmy Rand tells her of an older lady who wants a dress that really fits but has exacting standards, Celia jumps at the chance Vivian Lacy is not a sweet little old lady She s small but when she stands she appears nine feet tall She s tough, she s had to be because she s buried four husbands and two children, and she s particular about what she wears Dealing with Vivian isn t easy, but she takes a liking to Celia and vice versa Celia experiences the joys of her first love affair and the excitement of being engaged Then the British arrive in Charleston harbor and the war becomes all to frighteningly close to home for Celia Celia remains true to the rebel American cause in her heart though she must fight the odds to do it Review without spoilersThis story is a sweeping saga of a young woman s journey to adulthood It s hard to say what I thought of the plot without revealing spoilers, so I will begin with the writing This author had a real knack for describing the place setting in such beautiful detail that I felt like I was there I could feel the oppressive heat and see the cypress trees and the church steeple She also excelled in creating likeable, believable characters that come to life and stay with you after the book is done The reader will feel every emotion the characters are feelings and feel for them as they experience joy and sorrow Gwen Bristow also excelled at research I knew a little bit about the Revolutionary War in the South and I plan to look it up and see if she got her facts right I learned a lot about South Carolina history and I feel bad for South Carolina for getting destroyed during two wars The history is also the downfall of the book There s a bit too much telling and relating of events that can be found in history books The history is better when it s told from the point of view of a character and what happened to them The story truly shines when it s about the characters and what happens directly to them I was mostly interested in Celia and what would happen to her rather than what happened to South Carolina because that I already knew hooray for Nathanael Greene, my statesman I also didn t like the unapologetic view of slavery They re all kind to their negro servants without mentioning those negro servants are enslaved The servants love their white owners like family They grew up together and are family Excuses, excuses, excuses I found it particularly distasteful when a small scale farmer intends to turn their estate into a full working plantation That means slave labor I don t care how KIND the characters are, they re still owning other human beings and that I can not stand Though the characters will be long dead by the Civil War, it makes me sad to think their family will be on the wrong side of history The plot is engaging once the Siege of Charleston starts Thought I knew about the Francis Marion, Banastre Tarleton and a bit about the history, I had a hard time putting the book down because I wanted to know what would happen to the characters The unspeakable tragedy of this story really made me upset I couldn t believe that anyone could be so cruel but I know it happened and I know the Union did something similar during the Civil War It s heartbreaking to see it happen to the characters I loved the anecdotes about Francis Marion and how Luke was a part of that story Tarleton makes a good villain, but it sounds like some of his deeds may have been misrepresented and turned into tall tales later on Including the characters into real life events made the historyinteresting anyway The very end of the book was odd The romance was rushed but at first it worked within the plot but then it was kind of glossed over and summarized The last scene feels out of place I wanted somethingafter that.Now, here be minor spoilers, read at your own risk view spoiler At first I did not like Celia There was too much emphasis on her looks She seemed like a silly teenager to me She grows up a lot out of necessity By the time she experiences tragedy, I already liked her She is tough and resilient, a symbol of South Carolina I like the way she fiercely believes in her Cause, no matter what and how she is not interested in compromise but learns the value of it Vivian is a great lady She could be a grande dame like Lady Katherine DeBurgh, but she has a good heart and a kind soul She s had a difficult life and found happiness wherever she can Like Celia, I don t know how she survived all that she did, but Celia learns, like Vivian, to go on in the face of unspeakable tragedy I liked Herbert Lacy and wished he had been in the storyJimmy s family also seemed nice and could have been better developed so when tragedy strikes, it hurtsthan it does Celia s cousin Roy is smarmy but a typical man of his day His spoiled, empty headed wife Sophie is pretty awful According to my research, the docile, empty headed female ideal came out later, in the nineteenth century but it works for the story I couldn t believe the wishy washy loyalties of some of the people in Charleston I wished for a family tree character list to keep them all straight I couldn t always remember who was who.I loved the love story I knew right away what was going to happen so I wasn t surprised at what happened, I was just surprised at HOW it happened Jimmy is a nice enough character but he s just a boy and doesn t appear much in the novel I loved Bible quoting Luke Luke is a real man s man He s rugged, stubborn, determined to drive his mother crazy He s sassy, like Celia and there s an instant attraction there I love his relationship with his horse, Jerry and the way he always knows which Bible verse to quote Often times, he skirts the edge of being sassy which adds some humor to the story Celia thinks he s a flirt and I think he sof a tease, but I loved him anyway I especially like how Vivian is developed in relation to Luke and his father It shows a different side of her that allows Celia to realize Vivian is human and has a weakness The romance is a bit rushed It s rushed partly do to the necessity of war time but then it kind of fizzled as the war got in the way I wantedof Celia and Luke together I liked their witty dialogue and was partly in love with Luke myself, so any time he was on page, I was happy hide spoiler I enjoyed the bookthan I thought I would Aside from the length and violence, this book would be a good young adult read Fifty years ago romance novels consisted of kisses only so this novel is clean in that respect There are scenes with husband and wife in bed but just lying in bed together holding each other A character gives birth but it s not described All of the graphic content is reserved for the war This was such a comfort read for me quick and easy historical fiction set in Charleston during the American Revolution with strong, lovable characters and a good storyline That is a perfect read for me Celia Garth is a strong, independent young woman who lost both parents as a child and lived with her uncle and his family who although in the planter class struggled a bit When the family begins to try to marry her off she turns to her talents as a seamstress and she secures a place with a we This was such a comfort read for me quick and easy historical fiction set in Charleston during the American Revolution with strong, lovable characters and a good storyline That is a perfect read for me Celia Garth is a strong, independent young woman who lost both parents as a child and lived with her uncle and his family who although in the planter class struggled a bit When the family begins to try to marry her off she turns to her talents as a seamstress and she secures a place with a well known dressmaker in town There her life changes She has never felt that she belongs to anyone and that she truly mattered to them but this changes in many ways.The town is split with divided loyalties Patriot and Tory but the two sides coexist until the British finally occupy the city and begin to roam the countryside killing and pillaging as they go The love and comfort she has found is initially destroyed but Celia finds her revenge working as a spy and revealing small secrets helping Colonel Francis Marion the real figure known as the Swamp Fox to make life miserable for the British Through this she really finds herself and grows into aconfident and fulfilled young woman