Yes, Crossing Point is a "page-turner."
But in this case, it is not only the plot, but the characters
who will drive you through the narrative.
Concern about the characters made me read this novel in just three days.
I would be ready to go to sleep, and think: "Just one more chapter."
These characters are drawn with quick strong strokes:
"Nancy . . . had refused two proposals of marriage, one of them from Nat Greene,
and tonight she might have been living like her sister Debbie whose husband was Nat's younger brother.
Instead, she sat in her rather's house, her back straight."
"Crossing Point" documents the full horror of the American War of Independence.
We usually think of the Civil War as the conflict that took a horrible human toll. But consider this:
"Near Charlestown, a small boy sat gaping upon his fence as the soldiers passed his house.
A passing redcoat casually shoulders his musket and shot the boy to death.
"Other soldiers broke into a house in Lexington and by bayonet, forced his wife, still confined by the
recent brith of their child, to flee with the infant in her arms.
They then set the house on fire, with the other five children still inside."
Mercifully, we don't know this family, or these children.
They are not characters in the novel.
They are real people that the novelist found by reading histories of the
Such historical detail gives the narrative weight.
We sense that such facts are terribly true, carefully researched & totally accurate.
In the end, "Crossing Point" is not simply a fictionl.
It is also an eye-opening History of the American Revolution.