Cadence of Glory provides a look at colonial life on the brink of the American Revolution through the eyes of a young woman unafraid to state her opinions.


The Description

Publication Date: November 7, 2014

The year is 1773, and rumors of revolution abound. The return of the wealthy Eton family to Williamsburg, Virginia, however, briefly distracts the town’s elite. The youngest Eton son, Thomas, thus reunites with Priscilla Parr, his childhood friend and the now-cynical daughter of a proud Loyalist family. Thomas learns to admire her scathing wit while Priscilla finds herself drawn to his ambitious idealism. He soon introduces her to the radical principles of liberty, the fuel of the colonial rebellion. On the eve of Revolution, however, fate turns against the young lovers, whose families are politically opposed. As the ideological forces within her own home begin to parallel the clash between Britain and the Colonies, Priscilla is unexpectedly faced with a dangerous decision between two rivaling ideals – and destinies. Set against a backdrop of intrigue, espionage, treachery, and romance, “Cadence to Glory” thus chronicles the deepening schism within the Parr family. By exploring the ancient conflicts between youth and age, conviction and neutrality, self-interest and principle, the novel speculates that liberty itself is as natural and inevitable as the coming of age.

The Review

Three years prior to the Revolutionary War, 17-year-old Priscilla Parr enjoys a privileged existence in Williamsburg, but change is looming over the horizon.

In Cadence of Glory, author Mary Beth Dearmon delivers a period piece focused on the American Revolution, with Priscilla and her family serving as the main characters.

The storyline itself is written using the formal language of the time period, including conversations between family members. The formality of the language also sends the reading level well above what a typical reader might expect. For example, “Priscilla soon closed her volume since the engaging hum of the town accompanied by the picturesque weather prevented literary immersion.”

The crux of the story is the imminent conflict between families and neighbors regarding a split with the British. The Parr family, particularly the patriarch, are staunch Loyalists, while some of their dear friends support the need for independence.

As the story continues, Priscilla finds herself at a crossroads where she must decide whether to follow her head (and father) or follow her heart (her rebel love). Through her interactions with other characters, readers get a glimpse into the challenges of the time period. Will Priscilla ever get her chance at happiness, or will the war interfere?

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About The AuthorDr. Mary Beth Dearmon Bailey currently works as an Internal Medicine physician in Birmingham, AL. The inspiration for her debut novel, “Cadence to Glory,” sprang from a trip to Colonial Williamsburg as a child. She lives with her husband, son, and an adorable Maltese puppy named Sissi.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Cadence of Glory provides a look at colonial life on the brink of the American Revolution through the eyes of a young woman unafraid to state her opinions.4-STAR REVIEW: CADENCE TO GLORY by Mary Beth Dearmon