This was a nice collection of stories set during the same time frame, but vastly different in many other ways. I enjoyed the collection, but the stories that really stuck out at me were Amanda Barrett’s “First Comes Marriage” and MaryLu Tyndall’s “The Highwayman’s Bargain.” If you enjoy clean romance reads with engaging characters and a touch of old world charm, you really can’t go wrong with any of these novellas.
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A unique look at the War of Northern Aggression from the standpoint of a pair of southern sisters left in destitute circumstances. With dismal prospects – and limited food – they set out to disguise themselves as soldiers and join the Confederate Army and the two men who hold their hearts. Any notion that they’ll be safe there is quickly squashed as they march their way toward Franklin, Tennessee.
Wonderfully detailed history that adds to the story without distracting the reader, an interesting and often overlooked sector of the population during this war, and a heart-warming love story all rolled into one.
This book is in the middle of my wheelhouse. I love everything Great Lakes and historical Great Lake settings are my favorites. The added plus is that it takes place during Colonial Times. Yeah. Win-win-win for me.
The author does a superb job of setting this story among the rough-and-tumble world of the French Voyageurs. You’ll feel the strain of the canoe paddle in your hands, the spray of Lake Superior against your face, and the turbulent waves battering your fragile vessel. Truly an experience across the pages.
Don’t miss out on this one!
This is the first book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series that I’ve read. Having read a couple of novellas by this author, I was happy to dive into this novel. It didn’t disappoint! I was transported back in time to the backcountry of Kentucky, surrounded by the magnificent landscape, and immersed in the lives of those brave pioneers who risked it all to settle the land.
Author McNear didn’t sugar-coat the experience. She drags the reader into a river, over a mountain, and keeps them looking over their shoulder for hostile natives. She also does a very good job of balancing the differences between those natives and the settlers. And one of the things I really like is the author’s notes and historical notes at the end. I love learning how much of the story was true.
A beautiful follow-up to “A Heart Set Free.” This non-traditional romance follows the married couple, Matthew and Heather Stewart. Their happily-ever-after is challenged by the turmoil of the American Revolution. Can they and their marriage survive in the midst of such chaos, danger, and uncertainty?
Classic Jane Kirkpatrick! A well-written tale of a strong woman and the extraordinary life she lived. This one is unique in that it includes actual journal entries of Carrie Adell Strahorn. The story is a roller coaster ride of human emotions, the mountain tops and the valleys, the joys and some very candid disappointments as Carrie and her husband join the pioneers who settled the west. Well worth reading.
First note: Revell has this marketed as a historical romance. It’s not. It’s historical with a strong romantic element. There is a difference, so be aware if you’re picking this up expecting a formulaic romance. It’s not.
It’s better. The story dips into multiple points of view – not just the hero and heroine of the traditional romance – and it’s deeper and richer for it. As always, Ann Gabhart does a beautiful job fleshing out her characters and walking the reader alongside them.
The devastation of one town, the sole person who kept going through adversity such as most of us will never experience, and the way it impacted an entire town is truly amazing. A touching story based on a true historical event, you can’t go wrong picking up a copy of this book.