City of Glory by Beverly Swerling is one of those books that looks so pretty on the library shelf, you can’t really pass it up.
Swerling has such a way with prose. I was transported to 1813 New York and taken directly to the seedy locales that occupy much of the book. She is able to create a story where you can’t help but root for her heros.
The story follows Joyful Turner, a war hero, as he combats economic and moral enemies to save his city, livelihood and love. Through the Turner and Devrey families, Swerling exposes the reader to a vibrant and living version of American history.
One thing I would like to point out-this is the second in a series of three books. I couldn’t really tell this looking at the book-nor from the story. However, I am interested in checking out the other two books in the series to see more about these characters.