Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, 1812
Struggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who is to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren't for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier's injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans.
Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn. After being nursed back to health by beautiful, if reluctant, Abigail, Emmett would do anything to save the men he left behind—including forcibly enlisting Abigail's help. Soon, Abigail finds herself caught between two countries at war. And as her attraction for Emmett grows, her conflicted heart engages in its own silent battle. But when she is accused of treason for her actions, her survival rests in the hands of the very man she once considered her enemy.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2018|
Amy Parker's review Jul 07, 2018 · edit
it was amazing
Wow!!! Seriously this might just be my favorite from Jennifer Moore! Which is saying a lot because I loved Lockwood & the Hyde Park novella. Ok, first of all I will admit I’m super picky about American historical novels. I’m super biased I know, I’m English and I’ll choose something set in my motherland anyday. Yet, some authors are starting to change my mind. Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears, Pam Hillman and without a doubt, Jody Hedlund. In fact if you have read any of Jody’s series set in Michigan you will love this book from Moore. Jody’s book set on Mackinac Island, which covers this same war (1812) then you should not, and I mean SHOULD NOT miss, this captivating read ‘My Dearest Enemy’. I seriously could not put this down. The author skillfully engages the reader right from the first few chapters. I felt 100% drawn into the lives of Emmett & Abigail, the specific roles they play - both in the development of their personal relationship - but also into the situations they encounter. The life saving efforts that Abigail plays a major role in. The group under Captain Pickett’s command will quickly endear themselves to you. The side story with the rocks and minerals was unique and a fun way to connect two people.
This book had me both hooked and emotionally invested.
Thanks to Netgalley & Covenant for the eARC. This is my honest review.
Audio book was excellent
I really liked this new short novel from Author Jennifer Moore. I especially liked the different setting that she hasn't written about before. The story takes place in Canada during the war of 1812 between a young America and their former countrymen England.
The main character of Abigail Tidwell I liked from the start. She was brave, beautiful, kind, and intelligent. I also liked how her father encouraged her to hone her skills and her intellect and not stifle them. Back then women didn't do a man's job, but Abigail breaks through all of those barriers. It was a nice twist. I also really liked Captain Emmett Prescott. Once he and Abigail met you could feel the connection they had. The romance was sweet and went a little fast. Under the circumstances of a war going on I liked how it unfolded.
The supporting cast of American soldiers were also very likable as was Abigail's father. The villain in the story was written well because I despised him from the very first time the reader meets him.
This book is only about 200 pages so it's the perfect one to read in an afternoon. There were a few loose ends that hopefully will be written in another book. I would love to revisit these characters and setting in a sequel.
I really don't know too much about the War of 1812. I can't remember the school history lesson of so long ago but after reading this book, I have the urge to read more about it. Jennifer Moore has written a book that painted vivid images in my mind and clearly she has done her history homework because everything felt so sturdy and real. I love when historical fiction feels rich and makes me want to know more about whatever I am reading.
This book was more plot driven than character driven, which left me wanting more of an emotional connection but I did enjoy the story. I loved Emmett and his group of trusted allies who were a vital and ongoing part of the story. They helped give the book a feeling of trust and family- nobody is left behind.
Content: violence associated with war, some kissing
- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
I loved this book! It’s set during the War of 1812. The author did a fabulous job of painting the sights and sounds of the war.
Our heroine, Abigail, finds herself alone due to the war. But there’s something wrong, someone has entered her barn. What she finds there is terrifying, an enemy soldier. He’s unconscious and bleeding. Her father is a doctor and she’s been around enough wounds to know what to do. But she knows if he wakes up, she’s in danger. I love what she does next. She ties him up in way that he can’t escape or really even move, before taking care of his wounds so that there’s no way he can hurt her. I really loved watching the way she grows throughout the book. At the beginning, Emmett is the enemy. She doesn’t really want to help him, but does because she can’t stand the thought of not helping. But as she gets to know Emmett and his men that she helps, she begins to care what happens to them. She works very hard to take care of them, protect them and she even risks her own life at one point.
I liked Emmett too. I loved the way he always wants to protect Abigail, especially from the vile man that has him in his sights. But he was a little bit clueless about what she really needs in her life. I think that’s how we all are just a little bit. We see what we want to see, not necessarily what is truly there. But I loved that Emmett had a chance – and took it – to make up for this.
The plot of this one is full of adventure. There’s war battles, fires, daring escapes, and of course, romance. I loved the whole book!
I didn't know much about the War of 1812 before I read this book, and I appreciated that it was able to show the history from perspectives of all sides- British, Canadian, and American. The plot was the main focus of the book- I felt like we were quickly introduced to the characters who quickly got the business of falling in love over with so the story could progress to more adventure and conflict. Because of that I felt like the emotions remained on the surface for me and I missed the connection and depth of feeling. The story is intense in parts with the battle and confrontations with a lieutenant with evil intentions. There are a lot of details that I enjoyed, such as Emmett and Abigail's interest in rocks and geology, Abigail's compassionate nature and skills as a doctor/healer, and the small group of soldiers that accompany them through the wilderness. Abigail's father was another favorite with his supportive and caring demeanor.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Struggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren’t for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier’s injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans. Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn.
After being nursed back to health by beautiful, if reluctant, Abigail, Emmett would do anything to save the men he left behind—including forcibly enlisting Abigail’s help. Soon, Abigail finds herself caught between two countries at war. And as her attraction for Emmett grows, her conflicted heart engages in its own silent battle. But when she is accused of treason for her actions, her survival rests in the hands of the very man she once considered her enemy.
I really enjoyed the story and loved the romance between Emmett and Abigail. I especially loved how his men supported and protected him (and thereafter Abigail) and vice versa. The only criticism I have with the story is that, in some ways, it didn't feel finished. There were some people I wanted to hear about (both family members and bad guys) at the end and was disappointed that we did not.
4 1/2 stars
This book is absolutely decadent! I would definitely read it again. The characters are Abigail and Emmett. One is a British citizen living in the Canadian frontier. The other is an American soldier, fighting the British. They are enemies. Abigail finds a wounded Emmett in her barn while her father and brother are off fighting and doctoring for the English. She is running the farm alone. Knowing how to suture wounds and other medical procedures from her doctor dad, she helps the cursed American, but also ties his hands apart so he cannot pull any funny business with her. But when the tables turn and Abigail becomes Emmett’s prisoner instead, she is surprised to find her heart falling for the kind, compassionate, and good leader…even though he is her avowed enemy.
This book was a treasure to read, just like the pretty, unique rocks that Emmett and Abigail both loved for their geological qualities. The qualities it had were great character depth, a cold, snowy setting in Canada that I could feel clear to my bones. Shiver. It had great plot twists, intriguing historical facts and scenes, a despicable villain, and my favorite...romantic tension. I loved it so much I inhaled it in two days, kind of like a decadent chocolate cake. This is set after the Revolutionary war when England fought with the Indians against the Americans in the early 1800s (Since I'm not a historian, you'll have to be content with my lame description.) The side characters are phenomenal. Jasper, Luke, Murphy, Barney, Abigail’s father and brother. They added lots of dimension and reality to the plot, and fleshed out the MCs. Overall, this is a great historical piece of romantic fiction about a little known time and place in the American story that I highly recommend. It’s super good (and way less calories than a cake.)!!!
***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.