John Culpepper the Merchant

John Culpepper the Merchant

Culpepper Saga Book 2

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
228 Pages
Reviewed on 08/07/2015
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Author Biography

BESTSELLING AND AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR LORI CRANE IS A WRITER OF HISTORICAL FICTION AND THE OCCASIONAL THRILLER. Her books have climbed to the Kindle Top 100 lists many times, including her book "Elly Hays" which debuted at #1 in Native American stories. She has also enjoyed a place among her peers in the Top 100 historical fiction authors on Amazon, climbing to #23. She is a native Mississippi belle currently residing in greater Nashville. She is a professional musician by night - an indie author by day.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite

Wow! I just finished reading Lori Crane’s excellent book, John Culpepper: The Merchant, and I couldn’t be more satisfied. The second book in the John Culpepper series, this book is a sweeping historical drama following the titular John Culpepper in a time when he fears for the safety of his family in their homeland. In 1700s England, the Culpeppers, who have always been royalists, find themselves in conflict with their very neighbors when King Charles takes a Catholic princess as a bride, appoints an archbishop who is a Catholic supporter, and disbands Parliament. When civil war breaks out, John, who is across the world in the Americas, worries that his family may suffer the consequences of their support, perhaps even at the hands of their neighbors and friends. John hatches a plan to rescue his family, but will his ship be fast enough, will the darkness hide him, or will his plot be discovered, much to the detriment of them all?

I love historical fiction. I love it even more when I learn about real situations that I had previously been unaware of. John Culpepper: The Merchant is just such a book. I learned a great deal about the reign of King Charles and the civil uprising that ensued. This book is a fun, exciting and intriguing adventure, and I couldn’t put it down. I understand that Mr. Culpepper is author Lori Crane’s tenth great-grandfather, and the love and care she has for her history shines through in her meticulous story-telling. I would absolutely recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction or action/adventure reading, and I am very much looking forward to reading more by this author.