A More Perfect Union
"Betty Bolte continues her winning More Perfect Union series with her latest novel, Samantha’s Secret, in which midwife Samantha McAlester returns from the front lines of the American Revolutionary War to her home of Charles Town and finds unexpected conflicts going on there in the shadow of rumored British evacuation. Headstrong Doctor Trent Cunningham is making enemies in town because of his insistence on establishing rigorously scientific standards for the new hospital he intends to build and staff with carefully-trained medical men. Trent and Samantha have personalities that would have caused them to clash under any circumstances, but Bolte satisfyingly complicates things further by having them each represent different ends of the medical spectrum; Trent disdains the herbal and folk remedies that work so well for Samantha, and in turn Samantha disdains the detached, clinical outlook that initially causes Trent to be mystified about a strange new infection that shows up in town. Readers of Bolte’s series will know what to expect in these pages, the sparkles of humor and the richly textured secondary characters, and newcomers will be pleased by how much innocuous catching-up Bolte does – very nearly enough to make Samantha’s Secret a stand-alone volume. First-rate historical romance."
~ Historical Novel Society, November 2015
"The first two volumes in Bolte’s well-researched and professionally-produced A More Perfect Union series are stand-alone novels set against the backdrop of Colonial Era America during the American Revolution. In the first volume, a young woman named Emily Sullivan in Charles Town, South Carolina is abruptly arrested by the British and only freed through the heroic actions of patriot spy, Frank Thompson, whose duty comes before the feelings both are developing for each other.
"In the second volume, Amy’s Choice, also centring around Charles Town, when young Amy Abernathy is captured by a band of renegade soldiers, her childhood sweetheart, Benjamin Hanson, is torn between his urge to save her and his duty to the American cause. In both books (Emily's Vow and Amy's Choice), Bolte infuses fairly standard (if well-done) romance novel plot outlines with a good deal of spirited dialogue and some pleasingly complex emotional insights, bringing alive the nuances of colonial life both under British rule and in a state of war."
~ Historical Novel Society, February 2015
"Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the book, Hometown Heroines, by Betty Bolté, has been selected to receive the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.
Hometown Heroines, by Betty Bolté, is a compilation of stories about young women and girls who helped shape the history of our country.
Some whimsical, and others quite dramatic, each short story is told vividly and with accurate detail. Each chapter, chronicling a different historical event, is followed by interesting facts to further enhance the preceding story. These facts include information about supporting literature, monuments, museums, relics and more.
At a young age, Bolté determined to help bring history alive by finding ways to make historical facts more interesting. She has done just that in her book, Hometown Heroines, which depicts the tenacity and bravery of young women whose stories are as inspiring as they are interesting.
Children’s Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in children’s literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children's literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations. To learn more about Children's Literary Classics, you may visit their website at www.clcawards.org or www.childrensliteraryclassics.com"
~ Children's Literary Classics, October 2014
“Betty Bolté’s Hometown Heroines is a superbly presented collection of historical biographies of young women who lived in 19th century America. Each of the nineteen young women featured is so extraordinary that she is remembered with at least one memorial ranging from a city park to a mountain peak. ...Very highly recommended for women’s studies, Hometown Heroines is a rare and exciting glimpse of how women contributed to Americans history and a refreshing supplement to the male-dominated stories found in textbooks.”
~ The Midwest Book Review, October 2001