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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
I really enjoyed the historical time period and the beautiful setting of the story . The story moves at a quick pace which I really liked. Annabelle was a great character. I loved her spunkiness and determination. After finding out that the family is in financial trouble, her brother schemes to get her married off. I was shocked at how violent her brother was towards her. I would have slapped him back and had him thrown out of the house.
I loved the school that Annabelle decides to teach at and bringing her “friend “ with her was a great idea. Margaret has been with her for awhile so there was no way Annabelle was leaving her behind to live on the streets. The school is interesting and at times very strict. A chance encounter with Owen Locke will prove to benefit Annabelle during the story. I loved the intrigue in the story and learned a bit about poaching. The author does a great job of bringing characters to life with vivid details and raw emotions. I loved how some characters were not as trustworthy as readers first think. Who will betray Annabelle ? Will her brother find out where she has gone. Can Owen keep Annabelle safe? These are some of the questions that keep the story so action packed and hard to put down. I applaud the author for a story that held my attention and at times made me really think about true friendship. Learning to trust is not easy and Annabelle will have to decide who she can rely on.
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
What a wonderful story filled with so many historical facts. The author sweeps readers away to the 1860s where war was rampant and food was sparse. I loved Sophie because she was gutsy, smart and loved her country. I was pleased to read that she had a secret that people would be shocked at. It wasn’t easy during this time period to get word to Generals unless someone was brave enough to soy on the enemy and report back. Who would guess that a young beautiful woman would be a spy?
Major Brent was brave, handsome and quite suspicious of Sophie. He is captivated by her charm but can she be trusted? He knows that Sophie has been warned about spying and he wants to keep her safe. Sophie knows that danger is close by and wants to heed the warning of being caught. Her punishment would be hanging and she certainly doesn’t want that to happen. Will she do one more job or say no to keep herself alive?
The story is short but filled with adventure , danger and secrets that kept me intrigued till the end. Will Sophie get caught? Will Major Brent keep Sophie safe or turn her in? This is a must read for everyone that loves historical fiction and anyone looking for a great story with great characters and a secret hidden among the pages.
I received a copy of this book from TBCN and the author. The review is my own opinion.