For nearly three years, British Officer Tristan Whitmore fought bravely for King and Crown in America. But his loyalty came at a price, and after slowly recovering from battlefield injuries, it is finally time to return to his beloved England and his wife, Muriel. But there is no tender reunion at Whitmore Manor—instead, Tristan is stunned to learn of his wife's deceit in his absence and her unexpected death. And to add to the shocking blow, this devastating news is delivered by the last woman Tristan ever hoped to see again.
Olivia Halstead lost everything after the death of her father but found refuge with her cousin Muriel while Muriel's husband was at war. Now, with the loss of her cousin, Olivia feels she has trespassed too long on the hospitality of the family. But before she can depart, Muriel's husband returns, and Olivia's own thorny history with the man comes rushing in: years ago, theirs was a tender courtship—followed too soon by a bitter parting of ways. Now two people divided by past betrayal find an unforeseen chance for reconciliation. But when Tristan and Olivia find themselves on opposite sides of a revolution, will their clashing allegiances tear them apart forever?
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2017|
I really liked the characters in this book! There's Tristan, who as the book opens is fighting in America against the colonists. Olivia, the cousin of Tristan's deceased wife. Tristan's father, Walter. And many other servants, and friends who live at Whitmore Manor.
I liked the foreshadowing at the beginning of the book with Olivia. You can tell she has some anxiety about Tristan coming back from America, but it doesn't become clear as to why for quite a while. I was quite curious as to why she wasn't thrilled about him coming home, and that helped me want to keep reading. I liked the way Olivia was so willing to forgive for past ills and move on in a happy direction.
I liked the way Tristan was also able to forgive. His wife, Muriel had done some things that she shouldn't have before her death, but he was able to move past that. I liked also that he was able to be honest with himself and with Olivia as to how he was feeling. Sometimes I felt like the characters were a bit "clinical" there wasn't a whole lot of feeling behind where they were coming from. But it didn't limit how much I liked the book.
The plot of this one is really good. I liked the flow of the whole book. There was danger and intrigue. Treason and love. This book has tons going for it. I really enjoyed it!
This author really puts her characters through an obstacle course of the heart. In this one, Tristan Whitmore has been a soldier for three years fighting against the colonists in America. When he is wounded, he makes a friend of the doctor and apprentices to him during the remainder of his convalescence once he’s up and about. He doesn’t want to return home. He left his house in disorder. An unhappy marriage. A disappointed father. And other troubles he does not care to think about. But when his doctor friend urges him to return home and put his house in order, Tristan decides to do his best. He has grown up in the three years he has been away, and is a better man. Meanwhile, back at Whitmore Manor, Olivia prays for Tristan’s return for his father’s sake, but dreads his return herself. When he married her vain, selfish cousin, he shattered her heart. But horrid circumstances have left her destitute and put her at his mercy.
The twists and turns in this story takes the reader through soul-tugging waters. Tristan and Olivia must reunite, but they have many wounds and deep distrust to overcome. This book can be long, and the author’s writing style has much more thought provoking questions and soul-searching than most books that use dialogue or scene to push the characters along. But the characters grow a lot, and endure much, and come out triumphant in the end, like a good romance should. It’s hard not to want to finish one of Stansfield’s books once you start because you can’t figure out how the characters will overcome their challenges. And when you think they’ve finally done it, something else arises to keep you turning the pages.