Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 2018 | ISBN 1524407208 (ISBN13: 9781524407209)
The day of her parents' garden party dawns bright as Lydia Prescott eagerly anticipates a marriage proposal from a handsome and wealthy plantation owner. The lovely debutante plans to steal a moment away with her beau, but her plans go terribly awry. Instead of her intended, she is joined by a stranger the largest man she's ever laid eyes on. And it is clear Jacob Steele is there for reasons far more sober than the party. With British raids erupting all around them, it is his job to reassure plantation owners of their safety. In reality, however, Jacob is an espionage agent, and the truth is dire: America is on the verge of invasion by the British.
Blissfully unaware of the danger surrounding her, Lydia basks in the glow of her recent engagement. But her joy is short-lived—a surprise British attack results in a devastating wound, and her plans for the future are shattered. Lost in her devastation, Lydia could never dream that Jacob, that giant of a man she met so briefly, would prove to be her saving grace. And with a war raging around them, she may be called upon to save him too.
MY REVIEW: (LAWondrr10)
This is a novel with a setting toward the end of the Revolutionary War.
I loved the tone of the story and how a tragedy changed the life of, particularly, one young woman and one honorable, courageous man.
Little did Lydia know, on the day of her parents annual Garden Party, how much impact people she met that day, would have on her future. She was just eagerly awaiting the arrival of the handsome Plantation owner she was sure would soon propose marriage to her.
Jacob Steele was out of his comfort zone in attending this "High Society" social. He was forced to endure such occasions in order to obtain financial support in his espionage efforts against the British invading their country. The only other highlight was the smiling, spirited young woman who he first met after arriving. She was, however, just another spoiled wealthy debutante.
Lydia was assured by her father their home was safe from the path of the British. She felt safe until one night, while her parents were gone for a couple of days, the British raided their home. While hiding, she was caught in a fire.
This story was built on the vanity in society and of the compassion of those who aren't socially acceptable, sometimes "outshines" the vain cruelty of others. It, also, emphasized the importance of "not judging a book by its cover".
There was enough action to keep the reader's interest. It was a refreshingly positive approach to humanity. Of the honor which used to exist even between most enemies".
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted to me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.
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