Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Oh Say Can You See? by Laurie C Lewis

Laurie C Lewis has added another great historical novel in her series Free Men and Dreamers. Oh Say Can You See? and tells of the dramatic events surrounding the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Volume 4 of this series, Oh Say Can You See? "This book is a magnificent love story—love between man and woman, love between friends, love between siblings, and ultimately, love between citizens and their country. While it tells the backstory of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” I found myself reflecting on the lyrics to another favorite song: “Oh beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life.”
Braden Bell, author of
The Road Show

Volumes 1-3 of the series include Dark Sky at Morning, Twilight's Last Gleaming, Dawn's Early Light.

Laurie's other novels include Awakening Avery and Unspoken. Visit her website.

Watch the trailer for Oh Say Can You See?
Read a great interview with Laurie C Lewis here.


  1. Hi Joan, This is a comment about Chocolate Roses. I loved the funny parts. I loved learning about making and molding chocolate. The drama of the man was a little far fetched. What disturbed me was the way bipolar was portrayed. In the past I have been diagnosed with it. It more likely causes good-feeling manic or deep depression, not unbridled anger. I feel it was misinterpreted. That's it. If you want to write back it's lsandersen13 at gmail dot com.


    Susan H Andersen

  2. Thank you for your comment on bipolar. I know being bipolar isn’t how Winnie was portrayed in the book. On page 113, Roger said Winnie told him in the beginning she was bipolar, then then on page 114, he said the medications hadn't worked and that, “Her doctors suspect something more challenging than bipolar disorder, maybe something to do with the brain. I don’t understand any of it well enough to explain.”

    I could have made it clearer that she wasn’t bipolar. Hindsight is wonderful.

    Bertha, in Jane Eyre, was totally out of her mind. That was Winnie, but on medication.

    Thank you for reading Chocolate Roses and for your honest critique.