Saturday, July 27

Book Review: April Morning

Title: April Morning

Author: Howard Fast

Pages: EBook 129

Summary: On the eve of the American Revolution, one battle changes a boy’s life—and a nation’s history—forever. On April 18, 1775, musket shots ring out over Lexington, Massachusetts. As the sun rises over the battlefield, fifteen-year-old Adam Cooper stands among the outmatched patriots, facing a line of British troops. Determined to defend his home and prove his worth to his disapproving father, Cooper is about to embark on the most significant day of his lifetime. The Battle of Lexington and Concord will be the starting point of the American Revolution—and the moment that Cooper becomes a man.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Although it was a bit of a slow start, there were times I was engrossed by the book, other times it moved slowly, but in the end the author brought a very harsh and raw look at the war and how it affected those who fought in it.

The writing style and narrative were very well done, although there were times throughout the book I did find it moved slowly, which influenced how the plot was carried forward. There were a few spots throughout the book, where the plot didn't seem to move along enough, and others where it progressed just fine. I think the author did capture the time period wonderfully, he showed the reader the life during the brink of the Revolutionary War, the before and the start of it. It was an interesting contrast to see how the characters opinions and mindset changed during the short time of the story, from the pre-war life to the after. For such a short book, there was a significant amount of character development there, which I appreciated. I don't think I ever warmed up to the characters, but they were well written.

The battle scenes were powerful at times, in fact the whole outlook on the war was incredibly well done, and it was exactly the type of book I was looking for about the Revolutionary War. It showed the war and the battles for what they were, horrific. But it also showed the struggles for what the characters thought was right. I was very pleased with the book in the end, and overall it was an enjoyable read.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was well written and an excellent book on the Revolutionary War. I think it's a great choice or historical fiction and wartime fiction fans.

What to read next: The Wars - Timothy Findley

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge, War Through the Generations Challenge


  1. I'm behind in my own challenge...this looks like one I might consider.

  2. This one is a good choice for the challenge. It's a short book, quick read but it has the substance of a longer, in-depth novel and was a fairly good story as well, so it's a good choice overall.