Thursday, December 24, 2015

Book Review + Giveaway: Becoming George Washington by Stephen Yoch

02_Becoming George WashingtonBecoming George Washington by Stephen Yoch
Publication Date: September 1, 2015 Wise Ink Creative
Publishing Paperback & Ebook; 382 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

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George Washington, action hero . . . Long before Washington was the old man on the dollar bill, he was a fatherless boy with few resources and even less education. So how did he become the most famous person in American history? Becoming George Washington tells the story of a young man with boundless energy, bravery, and passion, who grew from a fatherless boy into a self-confident leader. At the same time, he struggled to suppress both an awful temper and his love for a married woman, Sally Fairfax. A courageous war hero, Washington rose to the pinnacle of Virginia politics. His experiences as a young man allowed him, decades later, to lead the Revolution. This compelling historical novel reveals the person behind the famous face and how he grew to become America’s leading Founding Father.

Becoming George Washington is a different kind of historical fiction. The authors writing captures the language of the times by including words that were spoken in every day language such as "negro" but Stephen Yoch doesn't stop there. He writes with detail and description in every situation presented in this novel. The language does not distract from the story. He makes every effort to change up some of the language of the time so it is more readable without changing the way people used to speak. To me, that is great writing right there! 

George Washington was born on a farm and his father died early in his life. He had the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings, the farm and his judgmental, over bearing mom. All George wanted was to become a hero like his pa was but his mom felt he had other responsibilities that were much more important. 

It never occurred to me that President Washington had a life before he became president and that I would actually love reading about it. There are so many books about Abraham Lincoln but this is the first I've seen about the early years of our first President. The novel was put together well and never left the reader bored or uninterested in any parts. The story flowed well and was up and down enough so that I really wanted to keep reading after each chapter. 

This novel is wonderful for any reader who enjoys biographies and non-fiction. It is a wonderful look at Washington's life and quite interesting to read.

About the Author

Steve doesn't golf or fish and is a below average hunter, but his love of history and writing compelled him to pick up his pen and tell the little-known stories behind the men that made American history. After years of extensive research, Steve wrote his first book on young George Washington. Steve lives in a suburb north of St. Paul, Minnesota with his supportive wife and two fantastic teenage sons. He graduated with honors from Boston College and the University of Minnesota Law School. He has enjoyed over two decades of practicing law in the Twin Cities, helping individuals and businesses solve complex problems.

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