Emma knew Sidney's directive to free the Spanish city of Cadiz from French occupation would be dangerous, but when word arrives of his capture, she is frantic. Determined to aid her brother in Sidney's rescue, she hides aboard her brother's ship and sets a course to Spain. But the realities of war are a far cry from the drawing rooms of London, and Emma finds the man she loves a mere shadow of his former self. When a series of events leaves them trapped together behind enemy lines, Emma and Sidney must embark on a journey fraught with danger—from a bloody hunt for Spanish treasure to the battlefields of war-torn Spain, new threats lurk around every turn. As their flight becomes increasingly perilous, Sidney and Emma must trust each other with their lives—but can they trust each other with their hearts?
Unabridged audio book
|Published||Covenant Communications, Inc. (November 5, 2014)|
|Audiobook Narrator||Luan Ingram|
|Runtime||Unabridged: 7 Hrs. 35 Min|
What a sweet story! This is a companion novel to Becoming Lady Lockwood but it can stand alone.
Emma had a brief encounter with Sidney under the kissing bough one Christmas and never quite removed him from her heart or her mind. But as a man of the sea, he leaves shortly afterward. When they receive word that he's in trouble, nothing can stop Emma from stowing away on her brother's ship; nothing can stop her from attempting to rescue the man she loves; and nothing can stop her from persevering through unthinkable horrors to find peace and freedom.
Emma is very spunky and full of personality. She doesn't always think things through clearly, which leads to some frightening situations, but she is full of faith and determination. Sidney is brave and resourceful. His sense of humor carries him through the bleakest of times and he's very easy to like.
The story takes a few intense twists, as these two, along with their unlikely companions, journey by foot through enemy territory. I wasn't sure who they should trust and how they would get out of some of their scrapes. I love it when I can immerse myself in a story. I actually felt anxious because of what was going on. There's no way I would be brave enough to travel through a war zone! I was really drawn in by the romantic moments, too. I loved the little words and glances and found myself cheering them on, even in their moments of doubt. Things don't always end the way I expect them to and there were twists in this one that kept me on my toes.
I'm looking forward to the next installment!
Content: Squeaky clean romance; no language or religious elements; moderate violence due to war (torture, death, etc)--nothing graphic.
As I have thought about just what I wanted to say about this book, I've pondered just what makes this such a great read. The characters? Definitely, Emma and Sidney appealed to me very much in terms of making me cheer for them and smile at them. The plot? The plot moves along at a brisk pace but never did I feel like it was too fast or too slow. I didn't find any plot holes that bugged me. The realistic nature of the setting made me sincerely grateful to never have been in a war zone. I would never want to experience the things that Emma and Sidney and their friends do. The nightmares and horrible memories that they have to deal with are portrayed in a realistic and believable way. The author does an amazing job of helping the reader get a glimpse at what war was really like at the time. Which does mean of course that there are some really unpleasant scenes where Emma sees men die in horrible ways. Thankfully these scenes while powerful are brief.
I think one of the things that love most about the book is how the author manages to create such a complete story with depth in only 200 pages. The writing is clear and easy to follow making for quite a quick read, but it's a read that will leave you wanting more as it did me. This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year. If you enjoy historical romances I can heartily recommend this one. Although because of the setting there is violence experienced by the characters.
Jennifer Moore is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her first book, Becoming Lady Lockwood, was fantastic and I knew she was an author I wanted to read again.
We meet Lady Emma and Sidney Fletcher in the first book of this series, Becoming Lady Lockwood. While they are not the main characters, we get a sense of who they are. I'm so glad they got the starring roles in this book. When the book begins, Emma is a girl on the cusp of womanhood. Sydney loves Emma as he would love a sister. But Emma loves Sydney as a woman loves a man. She is just waiting for the day when she steps out into society as a woman so Sydney can take notice.
Emma begins this book fairly naive. She makes choices led by her heart and finds herself in some serious trouble. Her lack of worldly experience allows her room for growth though. The inner strength she has shines through when she needs it the most. Sydney helps bring out that strength in Emma but it is her gentleness that pulls Sydney through the tortured spots in his soul. I love that together they are the thing the other needs the most.
This is a clean romance. Just a really good, clean romance. The romance develops slowly and it feels natural. The book is set in the middle of a war so things get bloody and difficult but provide the exact things this book needs for the characters. I loved it. Love, love, love.
I read this book through Deseret Bookshelf. It magically appeared there for me to review and I'm so glad. This book was one of my favorites.
I LOVE Jennifer Moore's books!
Regency romance taken out of the ton and put into the treacherous world...
Yet still having all the propriety that we love to read about.
A book that will hold your attention until the very end!
Emma has known for a while now that her heart belongs to her older brother's friend, Sidney.
But Sidney is setting sail and will not be back for a while.
So Emma has her season and starts to entertain other suitors.
However she compares everyone to Sidney and has now turned down many offers of marriage.
Then word comes that Sidney has been killed.
Heart-broken Emma doesn't know what to do...should she take the latest offer of marriage or would it be better to be a spinster; even as terrible as that would be?
News finally arrives that Sidney might not be dead, but is possibly being held captive.
So Emma starts out on a rescue mission.
She will sail the seas...traipse into a prison...travel across a battlefield... all while trying to maintain the dignity of being a lady.
She will show great courage as she helps treat the wounded, gathers orphans, endures threatening demise, and helps Sidney overcome the effect of war-time stress.
Will Sidney finally view Emma as a grown woman?
Or will she forever be...the little sister?
And to top it all off Sidney might be in possession of a coin from a Spanish treasure...
See how it all plays out :)
An AMAZING story!
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. IT!
Can't wait for MORE from this author!