Valley of the Shadow (The American Patriot Series Book 5)

ABOUT J. M. Hochstetler

J. M. Hochstetler
The daughter of Mennonite farmers, I grew up in the Kokomo, IN, area and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Germanic Languages. I am a publisher, a professional editor, and a lifelong student of history. I am also the author of the American Patriot Series, the only accura More...


Can he save them both from the Valley of the Shadow? Following a humiliating defeat at Philadelphia and a rival’s stunning victory at Saratoga, Washington’s army faces yet another bitter winter, this time at Valley Forge. Meanwhile, General Jonathan Carleton races to save Elizabeth Howard from the horrors of the prison ships in the British stronghold at New York, while British General William Howe plots to execute them both.

From heart-pounding battles on the high seas, to the rigors of Valley Forge and the Shawnee’s savagely fought wars to preserve their ancestral lands, Valley of the Shadow continues the thrilling saga of America’s founding in an inspiring story of despair, courage, and triumph.

“An outstanding series. The American Patriot books are the most complete, complex, and textured retelling of the Revolutionary War I’ve found in historical fiction. Hochstetler is not only a masterful storyteller, but a genuine historian. These are timeless classics, destined to be read—and relished—more than once.” —Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War Series

“Reading J. M. Hochstetler’s The American Patriot Series is like watching a thrilling historical television mini-series. With each new season, something new enthralls the reader and keeps her coming back for more. In the long-awaited Book Five, Valley of the Shadow, Hochstetler maintains her gripping action, suspense, and star-crossed romance. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this latest installment in a very fine, meticulously researched American Revolution series.” —Louise M. Gouge, author of Then Came Love

“In Valley of the Shadow, master wordsmith J. M. Hochstetler has woven together an enthralling page turner brimming with authentic history, thrilling suspense, breathtaking description, and memorable characters. The love letters written between Jonathan and Elizabeth are among the most beautiful and emotive I’ve ever read. The golden thread running throughout this intricate tapestry depicts a loving God who will bring about the best for those who love and trust Him no matter the circumstances. I eagerly await Book Six in this amazing series, The American Patriot.” —Susan F. Craft, SIBA award-winning author of The Chamomile and Laurel

“This series about the American Revolution should be in every high school and library in the U.S. and Canada. It brings history alive with complete accuracy.” —Bonnie Toews, author of The Consummate Traitor and Treason and Triumph

“I adore the way you portray the emotions of your characters while keeping the historical aspect pure. I love the delicate balance of the romance, and how you managed to keep the tension going without it driving the reader (me) over the edge. This is really a powerful book and I can hardly wait to read the next installment.” —Patricia Riddle Gaddis, author of Battered but not Broken and Dangerous Dating
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