Reflections In Hindsight

Grace in the Rearview Mirror…it's closer than it appears

  • Ephesians 4:29

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)

    **MATERIAL ON THIS SITE IS COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. For permission on reprints or reusing this material, please contact the individual authors. For sharing the actual post, please use the share buttons.

  • Blog Archives

  • Blog Stats

    • 92,471 hits
  • RSS April’s Blog: A Writer’s Journey

    • Evil Parents and Rotten Kids
      A-ZE is for Evil Parents and Rotten KidsI present you Jimmy Kimmel's annual "I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy" video montage. It's an artful mixture of cruelty, humor, and ghastly awe. My favorite is Drawer Boy. Now there's an ax murderer in the making.Which is your favorite?
      noreply@blogger.com (April Gardner)
  • RSS Barn Door Book Loft

    • Welcome Dr. Mark L. Hopkins
      Thank you for joining us in the Book Loft, Dr. Hopkins. Is there a story behind your book, Journey to Gettysburg?     The Battle of Gettysburg holds a special place in my heart.  I was eleven years old when my father first took our family to visit that famous battlefield.  We wandered that hallowed ground from Devil’s Den to the site of Picket’s Charge.  In […]
    • Journey To Gettysburg by Dr. Mark L. Hopkins
      Journey to Gettysburg is a dramatic replay of the events leading up to the most important battle of the Civil War. It is seen through the eyes of a Quaker boy who is first, a bystander and observer. Then, he is drawn into the conflict and becomes a participant in Pickett's Charge, the climax of the three day conflict. Matt Mason is a 15 year old boy who […]
    • Then There Was Grace by Tina Pinson
      Bored, Adam is prepared to divorce Grace, his wife of seven years. Then Grace is killed leaving him to raise Faith and Hope. The twins have no idea why the world's gone crazy. They just want their mother home and Adam isn't sure what to tell them. How can he tell them the truth, when he's not sure what the truth is? When he doesn't want t […]
  • RSS Clash of the Titles

    • Announcing the 2015 Laurel Award Winner!
      2015 LAUREL AWARD WINNERAuthor Dawn Crandall's novel The Bound Heartis the winner of Clash of the Titles's fifth annual Laurel Award.CONGRATULATIONS, DAWN!Dawn will receive the following: a beautiful banner to display on her website; a year-long page on COTT dedicated to the winning book, The Bound Heart; a "Heart of the Matter" radio int […]
    • And this clash goes to....
      A BRIDE AT LAST by Melissa Jagears! Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts. Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd be […]
    • The July Release Clash is on!
      Beautiful New July Covers!Welcome, fellow book lovers! As we wrap up summer, we're bringing you four wonderful reads to take out on your deck chair. From the mountains to the rugged west, these books offer a great variety of escapes. But if you could only pick one, which would make it into your need-to-read pile? Vote at the end--and don't forget t […]
  • RSS Little Bits Blog

    • I'm Baack, I Think
      If you haven't noticed, which I actually hope you have, I haven't blogged for a while. Well, I needed a break. I'd published seven books in three years and I was sort of written out. I simply needed a break. So now I think the break is over. I'm thinking about writing again and have several projects in different stages of writing. They we […]
    • Chloe's Decision 
      As I stated last week, November is NANOWRIMO. I'm working on the next Stones Creek novel. It's the story of Chloe, Noah Preston's sister. She comes to Stones Creek with her two children. If you would like to read her pre-story simply subscribe to Sophie's Special Emails. No more than twice a month will you receive an email with special co […]
    • Remembering Fudgsicles
      It is November and thus NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to begin a novel and write 50,000 words during the month. Since this occupies most of my focus for these four weeks I will be reposting previous articles each week this month. Fudgsicles, how long has it been since I’ve had a fudgsicle? I’m not sure, but they came to mind when […]
  • RSS Living Our Faith Out Loud

    • Book Review Manila Marriage Ap by Jan Elder
      Passport to Romance SeriesApril 2015Pelican Ventures, White Rose PublishingRomantic novella115 ppEbook - $3.99Buy on AmazonAbout the BookIt all began as a lark. Shay Callahan’s life was just fine, thank you, but when the seemingly misogynistic missionary, Timothy Flynn, places an advertisement in a Christian magazine for a wife, Shay decides to give it a whi […]
    • Untitled
      Avalon by Vanessa MorganNon-fiction, memoir105 ppJune, 2015e-book: $3.89p-book: $9.99From the publisher:Some cats need nine lives to make a difference. Avalon only needed one.From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat.With humor, the author details how […]
    • Uncharted Inheritance by Keely Brooke Keith
      About the Book: Bethany Colburn finally turns eighteen and Everett Foster is about to confess his love for her. When a new man arrives in the village of Good Springs, he brings charm Bethany has never encountered and illness the Land has never known. While the medicinal power of the gray leaf tree is put to the test and the Colburn family’s strength is stret […]
  • RSS Nearly Brilliant

    • The Color of the Season by Julianne MacLean
      NOTE:  Due to a serious need to cut back on my workload, this will be my last official book review on this blog.It doesn’t seem possible that the evening can get any worse for police officer Josh Wallace after he is dumped by the girlfriend he planned to propose to, but it does.  Josh and his partner are shot while chasing a carjacking suspect. While on the […]
    • Book Review: Swept Away (Trouble in texas Book 1) by Mary Connealy
      Ruthy MacNeil is rescued by Luke Stone after she nearly drowns fording a flooded river with a wagon train. Her step family doesn’t survive and she is finally free of their mistreatment. Luke surived the horrific ordeal as a prisoner of war in notorious Anderson prison during the civil war, only to learn that his father has been killed and the family ranch st […]
    • Book Review of Everything She Ever Wanted by Ann Rule
      When Pat Taylor wed Tom Allanson he had no way of knowing it would destroy his life in just a matter of weeksIn fact, Pat destroyed a lot of people’s lives. The attractive Southern belle was spoiled by her mother and she expected to live a lavish lifestyle at any cost. Nobody crosses Pat who was fascinated with Scarlett O’Hara. Pat could pour on the charm, b […]
  • BLOG NEWS

    Thank you for your encouragement and support for the past three years. We've had fun connecting with you and hope you've found useful material here on Reflections. And here's the but... Reflections In Hindsight is closing on December 21, 2012. Elaine and Sophie and I can be found over at http://authorculture.blogspot.com; April can be found at Clash of the Titles, http://www.clashofthetitles, http://www.aprilgardner.com and watch for news for more novels from her!; Janet is ever-present on the Internet with her very special words of wisdom and grace at http://www.janetperezeckles.com, and Luther--who knows where he'll show up next, but I'd watch my back if I were you... Book Reviews are always important, so I, Lisa, will continue to offer them through my blog, as well as those promotions for your new books or book launches, or your news.
  • Second Monday: Sophie Dawson

  • Tuesdays – Promotion in Motion

  • Wednesdays: Life of a Writer – April & Positivity – Lisa Lickel

  • Thursdays – Luther’s on board

  • Fridays – Revolutionary Faith, Devotions by Elaine

  • Saturdays – Janet Perez Eckles

  • Sunday – Reflections Book Reviews

  • Blog Authors

  • The Barn Door

  • The Barn Door Book Loft. Free Books! Book Giveaways.

  • John 3:16 Marketing Network widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing a widget? (More info)>

Review: Courage, New Hampshire, Episode III

Posted by elainemcooper on August 3, 2012

Posted by Elaine Marie Cooper

This is the third of a three-part “blog visit” to Courage, New Hampshire, a dramatic mini-series set in the years leading up to the American Revolution. To read my review of Episode I, click here. To read my review of Episode II, click here.

Slithery creatures abound in Episode III of Courage, New Hampshire entitled, “A Snake in the Garden.”

Justice of the peace, Silas Rhodes (James Patrick Riley) has resolved to be the stalwart leader of the patriot cause in the community, while another citizen, William Bramley (Patrick Finerty), has taken over the crown-appointed position of Deputy Surveyor of the Woods, a job that was declined by Rhodes in Episode II.

Unlike the patriotic Rhodes, Bramley has no qualms about reporting local farmers’ disobedience to the Royal authorities. The farmers’ crime? Violating the “White Pine Act,” a law preventing them from removing trees marked for use as ship masts for the Royal Navy of England. Removal of the trees—even on one’s own land—could lead to the government selling the farm at public auction. The White Pine Act directly blocked the farmers from downing trees that stood in the way of planting their fields for their families’ food. As Rhodes bitterly states, “You can’t grow potatoes under a pine tree.”

The Sons of Liberty in the township of Courage are citizens who pledge to protect the patriots against enemy informants. They have their job cut out for them, not just protecting the people from British injustice, but managing those who are less than loyal to the patriot cause. Rewards offered by the King for violators of his rules are a constant source of temptation for some. Silas Rhodes walks a fine line between keeping the residents of Courage safe while keeping himself out of trouble.

The character of Reverend Silence Laud (Donal Thoms-Cappello) begins to reveal more of his true colors, proving that not every man of the cloth wears washed garments on his soul.

In the meantime, there is a welcome return of Bob Wheedle (Nathan Kershaw) and Sarah Wheedle (Alexandra Oliver). He is a British Army deserter and she is his wife who believes in the man’s integrity and goodness. Will Wheedle be able to become the citizen of Courage that he longs to be? Desertion is a serious crime and the crown wants his neck on the gallows.

One of the more inspiring characters in this series is Joseph Baines (Greg Martin), as the nearly executed burglar from Episode II. Pardoned by the governor, yet now wearing a brand on his forehead, the repentant sinner has undergone a remarkable spiritual transformation. During an impassioned speech where he likens the metamorphosis of a local man to the change that occurred with Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus, Baines declares, “A man can change. God can change a man.” It is the heart and soul of the series, and spoken with the passion that permeates the script for Courage, New Hampshire.

Isabelle Gardo

I love the myriad of characters in this mini-series: lawyer Abraham Foxe (Allen Marsh), orphaned heiress Abby Lamb (Isabelle Gardo), and Constable Noah Pine (Jonathan Salisbury) are all outstanding. The charming couple, Sally Rhodes (Mallory Drazin) and John Hildreth (Eric Drazin, who is also listed as one of the directors along with James Patrick Riley), are a delight to watch. Eric Drazin even has the lumbering walk down pat that historians describe as typical of New England farmers in the 1700s. In my opinion, if anyone looks straight out of 1776 America, it is the character of young farmer John Hildreth.

Eric Drazin

I would be remiss in not commenting on the inspiring soundtrack courtesy of film and TV composer Rotem Moav. I could listen to his hauntingly beautiful melodies all day, and never tire of the colonial chords.

Episode III was an eagerly anticipated chapter in this series for me—but it took a more personal turn when the character of Bob Wheedle, deserting the British Army, decides to become an American citizen. My own ancestor was a British regular in 1776. He was captured at Saratoga, New York in 1777, led away as a prisoner of war, and then escaped from the line of prisoners. Somehow in the midst of the American Revolution, he met and married my 4th great-grandmother, a colonial farmwoman named Mary. Watching Bob Wheedle and Sarah Pine fall in love and overcome their status as enemies in war was like viewing my own ancestors. It was a truly heartwarming experience for this descendant of Private Daniel Prince. When I agreed to watch this series and blog about its contents, I had no clue that this story was an important part of the plot. It was a delightful surprise.

So the only complaint that I have about Courage, New Hampshire is that I now have to wait until September to view Episode IV. I’ll get my popcorn and Diet Coke ready now…

Courage, New Hampshire is a fan supported, digital television production with an online following of thousands. It is produced by Colony Bay Productions.

As a writer of historical fiction and blogger of a column called “Revolutionary Faith,” I was provided three completed episodes by the producers of this historical saga. I agreed to post my thoughts but have not been required to provide a positive review.

Courage, New Hampshire can be purchased at http://colonybay.net. Each episode can be bought separately or you can join the Colony and get all three episodes at once, as well as a “backstage pass” with videos and a blog.

Episode IV will be released in September 2012.

5 Responses to “Review: Courage, New Hampshire, Episode III”

  1. I shared this on Twitter. Would love to watch these DVDs! Thanks Elaine!

  2. Thank you for the lovely review. So glad you enjoy this show as much as we enjoy making it! One slight correction – Greg Martin’s character’s name is Bain, not Baines. Thanks

    • So glad you enjoyed the review, Allen. I certainly enjoy your dramatization of Abraham Foxe as the lawyer who does not know which side to choose! A great character to be able to play and you do so with great skill. Anxious to see what he decides! :)

      It was difficult finding out the name of Greg Martin’s character, especially since he was listed online in Episode II as “The Burglar!” When I looked him up, it is actually listed as “Baines” by Associate Producer Monique Lewis in her blog and I saw it elsewhere as “Baine.” I do always make every effort to be very accurate (coming from a newspaper and magazine background) but I may have missed the exact spelling of his character’s name. I’m just happy I didn’t miss his REAL name! LOL!

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

      • Yes. Excellent point, Elaine. I know that for some reason episode 3 isn’t up on IMDb yet, while episode 4 is. Very strange. And you’re right; the character’s name isn’t listed yet. But in the script, he’s listed as “Bain,” so I help that helps. Thanks for your kind words! Really looking forward to seeing episode 4 in September. Going up to shoot my final scenes for it tomorrow!

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,246 other followers

%d bloggers like this: