Reviews of Land of Three Houses

Polly Lazaron Energy Arts

“The book is amazing and immediately engaging! Fast pace, deftly woven informative, interesting details-from dance steps to mill machinery to card games to clothing, food, scrimshaw, a cornbread recipe to political and cultural perspectives that are eerily still present and dominating today, strong female characters including some role reversal, historic as well as fictional characters, famous buildings and cities as well as vivid descriptions of places in nature and what it means to be a human in right relationship with self and all life. It’s a page turner with a purpose beyond entertainment!  Bravo.”     Polly Lazaron

Bill Stahl,  president of the Historical Society of Hilltown Township

“I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. First of all, I love historical fiction, especially when it features local areas. Also, I learned a lot about how the milling business worked. There were so many mills in this area, the vast majority are long gone. I also enjoyed the pure history of our nation’s tense relationship with France after the French Revolution. And of course the relationships of the characters as the thread of the story from beginning to end.”     Bill Stahl


“Brown knows the era well, and an abundance of historical details, from clothing descriptions to dialogue referencing hot topics of the time, transport the reader to the late 18th century. Aiding in the time travel, several real-life historical figures, including John Adams, Michel de Mangourit, and Germaine de Stael make diverting cameos…  The novel’s subject matter is rich, and Brown incorporates both Native and Anglo-American worldviews well.”     IndieReader Reviews

Susan Watkins Fine Arts

“I finished your book tonight! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the history of the area quite interesting, loved the background given on the mill works of the time, little known to me. Historical fiction being my literary preference your involvement of the sea-faring trade of the times during Napoleon’s conquest was also a great tie-in to the story. I have had a life-long interest and sensitivity regarding Native Americans and the various cultures and beliefs, so you really had me there. I have read little of the Lenni Lenape, but from my girlhood days studied them. We lived off the Tulpehocken, ‘Land of Many Turtles’ in Pennsylvania days.”    Susan Watkins

John Maxwell, author, chef, and Virginia television personality

“Rich in historical detail, The Land of Two Houses is a romantic adventure that unfolds on two continents at the end of the 18thcentury. In the turmoil of post-Revolution America and Napoleonic France, William Sterner struggles to find love and wealth. What he finds will surprise you. Join him on his journey home.”     John Maxwell

Richard Rose, author, poet, and songwriter

“… I found your book very engaging. The details about the life of the 1790s, the details about milling, shipping, politics, Lenape beliefs, Mme de Stael’s problems with Napoleon, and day to day life in Pennsylvania were meticulously documented. My familiarity with Bucks County & surrounds made it even more interesting. The plot had some surprising turns. Good for history buffs, general audiences, young adults….”    Richard Rose