The American Colonies have proclaimed independence from Great Britain. But as the sunset of 1776 approaches, General Washington struggles to survive the impending, bitter winter. He has only a shadow army of starving, ragged soldiers remaining. It seems the American Cause is ending.

Trapped and hopeless.

Hope is quickly waning for the colonies. The men are sick. Many lack even the most basic necessities, such as shoes, coats, and bread. Now there are only a few thousand who remain. The Continental Congress is heavily in debt and cannot send sufficient aid.

Rosanna escapes.

Once confident of her future, she found herself a common prostitute at the call of even the most vulgar of men. However, she reclaims her pride, escapes her master, and joins Washington's Army as a man. It is a cause she hates, but she has no alternative.

Rosanna masquerades into a perilous world.

Pretending to be a man is a dangerous game. Rosanna knows if she's discovered, she will be humiliated and thrown out of the army. It's an exciting risk she happily undertakes! However, in the face of cannon and musket in battle, Rosanna awakens to the reality of her decision. Yet, such perils only strengthen her resolve and defiance.

And then, just as Rosanna starts to adjust to army life, a young lieutenant discovers her sex! Only, instead of reporting her, the officer deals kindly with her. Realizing that the man may be attracted to her, Rosanna feels threatened. She has no intention of allowing romance. Men treated her horribly! How would this man be any different?

Winter arrives, bringing death for the Continental Army.

After being beaten back again and again, General Washington is uncertain how to reclaim victory. If the army does not win in some decisive battle, they will dissolve and The Cause will be ended. Rosanna finds herself afraid for them far more than herself. Her changing views of her country surprise her.

As his ragged, terrified collection of boys huddle at the bank of the Delaware River, Washington orders a perilous attack. His officers think him mad, but Rosanna revels in the impending danger. She may have joined to escape from her own circumstances, but she will stay now to the bitter end for the sake of The Cause!

... and for the lieutenant she confesses that she's grown quite fond of. At any cost, Rosanna promises she will protect him!

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Rosanna views the entire Cause with an air of disdain. It is the Continental Congress and her shortsighted parents that ruined all her potential future prospects for marriage and decent living. After her parents give their fortune to Congress, she spitefully leaves them. But a lady of good breeding and no practical skill has no value to anyone.

Rosanna has no money and discovers her connections have turned their backs on her, the daughter of traitorous Whigs.

Resentment in her heart festers as Rosanna turns to prostitution to survive. But she never loses her pride and, growing desperate to change her future, she finds an escape in the uniform of a murdered rebel soldier.

She has nothing to lose. Recklessly, she joins the rebel army. Almost immediately, Rosanna's shocked at the men: they're nothing but a band of filthy, diseased, weary boys! Many don't even have part of a proper uniform. But they display a patriotic fortitude she wasn't expecting and cannot understand. Rosanna begins to question her own petty, selfish resentment towards her parents and her country.

Despite the malnourished display before her, Rosanna decides to play her cards as a soldier. Only, during her first battle, Rosanna's shot. A Continental officer tends to her wounds and discovers she's a female. His decision not to report her only infuriates Rosanna, as she feels he will use his knowledge of her to his advantage. When the officer instead shows her patience and kindness, Rosanna tells herself she hates him. But it's not true.

As time passes and The Cause suffers terribly, Rosanna find herself further questioning her views and resentment against the freedom the men are fighting for. She discovers a brewing patriotism has begun to alter her views. She wants the destitute Continental Army to succeed and her country to be free! Her changing views cause her to question her decisions and even her own identity. Why is she truly here?

What is Rosanna really trying to prove to herself: that she can endure anything the men can, or that she truly cares about the American Cause?

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Action
War Violence
Sexual Themes
Very minor use of language

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... YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Is Revolutionary Rosanna part of The Libertas League?
Nope. Every now and then, I want to write about something else.
Why did you write Revolutionary Rosanna?
To be honest, I was very upset at the political climate at the time. I felt a sudden, very strong sense of alarm at the way America was going and wanted to highlight a time in our history that is often overlooked. In the least, this period of history is not very well-known. So, writing Revolutionary Rosanna was both a chore of passion and an obsession.
Who were you trying to reach with this book?
Women. Namely young women in their twenties and teenage girls. I felt that females these days know precious little about their American history; and those that do, don't know much of the knitty-gritty toils and hardships. I wrote this book so women would gain an understanding of how horrific the conditions were, but be able to do so by following a female character. In a way, I wrote this book to highlight the horrors of the War for Independence and included the plot secondarily.
Why is Rosanna often such an angry person?
Rosanna is somewhat an embodiment of how I felt when I was writing the book. Using her to vent (sometimes) was therapeudic for me. Though, she shouldn't be seen purely as a mirror for how I felt.
Why did you include sex in this book?
The sex, mostly only at the beginning of the story, is a method I used to shock the reader. I also didn't want to create a goody-two-shoes type of female, so I wanted to show that she was a selfish, petty, even immature type of person. I wanted to show how imperfect and foolish she was, that she got herself into such a horrible circumstance. It was really no one's fault but her own.
Is there more sex and/or swearing in this book?
Besides the sex in chapter 1, there's not much. However, later in the book, Rosanna is raped, but I don't go into lengthy detail about it. For language, there is a "damn" every now and then, and very few times, "bitch" or "bastard". But the language isn't a common occurance and I tried to use language the people of the time may have used in that regard.
Is this a book my child should read?
I seriously don't think so. There's slight language, some sexual content, and a good amount of battle carnage in this novel. I wouldn't let my child younger than 14 read this book, but that's up to you.
How come you wrote so graphically about the battle scenes?
I wanted to show the horrors of the American Revolutionary War to impress upon the reader how horrendous the war was, how awful the sacrifice. Americans know a lot about World War II and the American Civil War. But the Revolutionary War is often overlooked and the details are even less known. This book is my attempt to unearth a small bit of what the men and women went through to give us the freedom we have today.
What's your opinion of the British during the War?
Most of the British soldiers were good, patriotic men fighting for their country, or to escape jail time and penalties back home. I totally don't buy into the black and white Americans good and British bad picture. The Americans did some pretty horrible things to each other during the war, as did the British to the colonists. In many ways, your average British soldier was no more good or bad than your average American soldier.
Did you write Revolutionary Rosanna to bash on England during that time?
Absolutely not! The emphasis I attempted to convey is more an examination of the real truth of the matter: the American colonists were fighting for self-representational government, and in that vein, the right to "be free". England had it's own form of government at the time, and it worked well for them. It just didn't work that well for the colonies, since ~3,000 miles of ocean separated them. So a system that worked good for England couldn't for the colonies. That's all.
Will you write sequels?
Well, yes. In fact, I have the sequel largely written, but it needs some major plot re-writes... so we'll see.