The Chamomile ………By Susan F. Craft

The Chamomile

By Susan F. Craft

  • Paperback:252 pages
  • Publisher:Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc (February 26, 2011)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1932158944
  • ISBN-13:978-1932158946
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches


Lilyan joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her
brother from a notorious prison ship. She’ll lie, steal, kill or be killed she
promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion’s partisans, who leads
the mission. In Nicholas’ arms she discovers enduring love…a home. But that
home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save the life of one
British officer but kill another to protect her Cherokee friend Elizabeth. In
escaping bounty hunters, she treks miles of wilderness and very nearly loses
everything before finally reuniting with her true love.

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Susan Craft has crafted an intriguing story with the historical setting in 18th century South Carolina. I thoroughly enjoyed the history part of this book, and clearly the author does her job in researching the events and places she writes about.

Lilyan was a determined young lady that promises Nicolas Xanthakos she would do anything, including taking a life, if it meant rescuing her brother from the prison ship he was on. And as we follow her journey, Lilyan finds herself in difficult circumstances that she never dreamed of being in, in order to protect someone she loved. I liked Lilyan’s feisty attitude, never shying away from anything, because she loved her brother. This is what keeps Susan’s readers turning the pages of this wonderful book. The characters are unique, real, and believable, weaving their way into our hearts as we read their story.

And of course there has to be some romance to the story, so as Nicolas and Lilyan spend time together, their attraction begins to grow stronger and stronger. Each time Nicolas is called away, they both dread their time away from each other. But can they really find true love, and a happy marriage in the mist of the horrible things going on around them? The mystery and suspense involved in “The Chamomile” will keep you turning the pages until the very end.

Are you a history buff? Then this book is a must for you. This is a very interesting and intriguing historical lesson. You will not be disappointed in this wonderful book by Susan Craft. Go grab a copy to read and enjoy for yourself.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review here are mine only.



Susan F. Craft

I have a degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. In 2001, I retired from a 30-year career as a writer for public television and as a communications assistant director with the SC Department of Mental Health.
I authored two books published by that agency: Puzzles, Pictures and Paper Airplanes; What We Do When Our Parents Get Sick and Reporting on Mental Illness Fairly, Objectively, Sensitively: A Guide for Journalism and Mass Communications Students in South Carolina. Both books won the SC State Library Association’s “Most Notable State Document Award.”
Mental health clinicians and elementary school counselors throughout the US have used the first book as a tool to comfort children whose parents have a mental illness. The second is a textbook/resource used by teams of mental health professionals and mental health patients and their families who visit college-level journalism and mass communications classes throughout South Carolina.
I am a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Carolina Christian Writers, South Carolina Writers Workshop, The Historical Novel Society, and Crown publishing group.
I am also a member of The Inkplots, a writers’ critique group that has helped me hone my craft. My short stories have been published in three of the group’s collections, Buck-Naked Unitarians, Naughty and Nice, and Black and Blue.
My Civil War novel, A Perfect Tempest was published by iUniverse in 2006 and is available through,, and
I recently completed an American Revolutionary War inspirational historical romance, The Chamomile, and I’m polishing the final draft of a contemporary inspirational fiction, Promises Kept. I have begun researching for a sequel to The Chamomile.
I wrote A Writer’s Guide to Horses, which is available on the website of the Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation, The Long Riders’ Guild is an international group of people who, in order to be a member, must have ridden horseback on a journey of 1,000 miles or more. The Guide was written to give authors comprehensive, accurate information about horses.
I cannot remember a time when I did not want to write. Somewhere in my attic I still have a book, The Mystery of the Whistling Cave, which I wrote and bound myself when I was eight and enthralled with Nancy Drew.
Reach Out Columbia Magazine article
Article in the Columbia Star Newspaper

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