The Charleston Gambit


In the spring of 1780 Polly Cooper, a young patriot, decides to smuggle rifles to her brothers defending Charleston against the British siege. As she approaches the city, she’s captured by 25-year-old Irish Colonel Lord Rawdon. So begins an improbable romance as Charleston falls and Rawdon spends the next year trying to subdue the South Carolina backcountry. Polly struggles with divided loyalties as Rawdon wins a succession of battles—only to discover that victory, in love and war, eludes him. 


About the Author

Stuart Bennett is an author and antiquarian bookseller based in Charleston. He became a Christie’s auctioneer in London in 1976, started his ongoing rare book business in 1980, and has published widely on both sides of the Atlantic. The Charleston Gambit is his fourth novel. 


“Rife with historical detail, The Charleston Gambit tells a rousing tale of Revolutionary War South Carolina. Along with the battles, it gives glimpses of Charleston fashion and society, faces head-on issues of slavery and plantation life, and gives us an engaging love story. Bennett is a fine guide to the real and imagined world of those turbulent times—I didn’t want it to end!” —Deborah Barnum, Jane Austen in Vermont