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Celia Garth
Celia Garth

Celia Garth

By Gwen Bristow, Foreword by Sara Donati

Rediscovered Classics


416 Pages, 5 1/4 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

Publication Date: December 2008

ISBN 9781556527876

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Dec 2008)

Price: $16.95


A heroine's patriotism turns back the redcoats

Celia Garth lived in Charleston, South Carolina, during the American Revolution, and worked in a dressmaking shop. But when the king’s army captured Charleston, and Tarleton swept through the Carolina countryside in a wave of blood, fire, and debauchery, Celia and her friends were caught up in the ruin. Most people thought the Revolution was lost. Then, out of the swamps, appeared a little, crippled man named Francis Marion. In her dressmaking shop, Celia became a spy for “the swamp fox,” sewing, smiling sweetly, and in secret risking her life. In Celia Garth, Gwen Bristow’s most popular novel, she drew upon her Southern heritage to bring the Revolution to life.


“Historical romance with all the thrills . . . it also gives a vivid sense of the historical personages and events of the time. . . . Gwen Bristow is a skillful story-teller.” --New York Herald Tribune Book Review

“If ever a book had ‘best seller’ corpuscles in its blood this is it. . . . It is an exciting tale of love and war. . . . The novel is in the tradition of Gone with the Wind--filled with throbbing details of each day’s terrors, thrills, threats and, when they came, triumphs. . . . The kind of story that keeps readers tingling.” —Fanny Butcher, Chicago Tribune

"Rebel blue, Tory green, and King George’s hated red flash brightly through this embattled tale of Gwen Bristow’s native South Carolina . . . Miss Bristow uses thrills, surprise, and melodrama to personalize the Revolution and impart a tingling sense of shared experience in this book . . . the author of This Side of Glory and Jubilee Trail is once again at the top of her form." —The New York Times

"Absorbing and swift-paced, well-written . . . the situations are historically authentic, the characterizations rigorous, well-formed, and definite. The ‘you-are-thereness’ is complete." —The Christian Science Monitor

Author Biography

Gwen Bristow was the author of Calico Palace, Golden Dreams, Jubilee Trail, This Side of Glory, and Tomorrow Is Forever. Sara Donati is the author of Dawn on a Distant Shore, Fire Along the Sky, Into the Wilderness, Lake in the Clouds, and Queen of Swords.