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First round of reviews

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Here are a list of book reviews that I have received on my just released historical novel, Good Endeavour. For more detail visit or my webpage.

Liz Bobo – In reading the historical novel, Good Endeavour, by Ned Tillman, I am reminded of the tale of my Mom’s family from France, “The Monnett’s of Ancient Poiteau”. Her written account of their Maryland family’s history is on file in the Maryland historical society in downtown Baltimore.

Ned’s description of his “family’s, turbulent history” conjures up very clear images of what life was like during those times in our nation here, just west of the Chesapeake Bay. 

I highly recommend this book as an enjoyable and enlightening read.

Lys Fulda – The ghosts of our past are trapped in the earth beneath our feet. This book explores just that. One homestead’s history reveals things both sweet and scary. But by looking at a history we can break cycles. A well-crafted story.

Tracey Manning – Reminiscent of Edward Rutherford’s or James Michener’s books but on a shorter, more accessible scale, Good Endeavour brings American history to life from colonial to modern times. Through the eyes, actions, and reactions of engaging characters and their Maryland land, Tillman vividly captures how the United States has been shaped by regional challenges, national experiences, and world events – and by the individuals living through them.

I enjoyed so much about Good Endeavour by Ned Tillman, a fast-moving story of how well-developed characters set in a vividly described landscape/environment experience and react to the cultural/political events of their times. His protagonists deal so plausibly with their settings, whether untamed wilderness, burgeoning industry, or racial tensions, and with the moral issues of their day, that they felt real. 

Good Endeavour is a great read, hard to put down, drawing the reader in to care about the characters and be intrigued and educated by the issues they deal with. I highly recommend it.

John Caughey – In this original, well written, and important book, Tillman offers one version of American History by telling the lives of his Maryland ancestors on their family farm, one generation after another, from 1695-2002. Using an engaging mix of historical sources, family stories, and creative fiction, he brings the individuals of each generation vividly to life in ways unavailable in conventional history. The ancestors he recreates are interesting and believable as portrays them reflecting about and struggling with the contemporary concerns and moral issues they had to deal with. The book is inspiring as well as informative because it encourages us to reconsider what we know about our own family ancestors and how they – and now we – are caught up in responding to the issues of the time.

I would like to give a big thank you to these reviewers for all the time and thought they put into their contributions to the rest of us. Other Reviews will show up on the book’s Amazon and Goodreads pages and in future blogs.

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