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 Steel 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.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2018|
|Audiobook Narrator||Luone Ingram|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 7.5 hrs.|
"When one door closes, another will open." And sometimes that other door is better than the first. Lydia was supposed to get engaged, but doesn't when a terrible accident occurs.
Lydia isn't one to dwell on her unfortunate mishap for too long and tries so hard to make the best of her circumstances. Jacob is a busy, secretive man with inner scars. It's enjoyable to watch these two forge their ways through the danger of war-time situations, while settling into new territory.
This book is well researched and shows the hardships that were possible realities for some during the War of 1812. I could feel the ominous danger lurking in the intensity of the setting. Life didn't come easily to these characters, but good things always come after hard struggles, right? My personal preference is for a balance of story and romance and I felt this one was slightly tipped towards the war/story.
I always enjoy a book that can whisk me away to another time and place, especially when I can learn something along the way.
Content: war violence (non-graphic); very mild romance
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
I loved learning details about the War of 1812 from a more personal perspective, which is one reason I enjoy historical fiction. This author in particular is gifted at exposing me to times, locations, or events that I know little about, and enlarging my perspective of the world and the people in it. The danger, harsh circumstances, and struggles kept me turning the pages, and the gentle romance that grew between Lydia and Jacob tempered the heavier aspects of the plot. Lydia undergoes a definite change from the beginning of the book, and I admired the way her compassion for others grew into a selfless nature. The story is also told from Jacob's perspective, and he was an intriguing character with all the qualities I look for in a hero- strong and brave, yet vulnerable in ways not always seen at first. I loved the feeling of patriotism and devotion to a cause that is larger than themselves. Definitely a book that will be enjoyed and loved by fans of historical fiction and sweet romance.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
There is just something about historical fiction books that sing to my heart. I really love a well done historical fiction. This one was perfect for me because it was set during a pivotal time in US history. The British are invading, raids are happening, people are dying. Both Lydia and Jacob are caught in the middle. There was a good balance of plot and character building.
I felt like I knew both Lydia and Jacob and I felt their growth throughout the book. Their relationship progression felt believable and genuine which is so important to me as a reader. I loved Lydia's spunk and determination and I also loved her vulnerable moments. I could actually say the exact same thing about Jacob. He is rock steady in his determination to America's cause but when it comes to matters of the heart, he is so unsure. It made him so endearing!
Like I said before, this book really hit my sweet spot and I enjoyed it so much. This is one of my favorite times in history to read about!
Content: Violence, kissing
I really enjoyed this book. Not only were the characters fun to love, it gave me a different sense of what the world was like in America during this particular time period. It showed how war changes some people and brings others closer. It showed how shallow some people in society were as well as who kind and loving others are. I loved Lydia and her growth throughout the store. I enjoyed watching Jacob learn to deal with his trust issues. There was one unanswered question that I'm hoping will be answered in another novel sometime, or it just may be one that is left dangling. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. It was a wonderful read that I would recommend to anyone.
For me author Jennifer Moore is another one of those must read authors. I’m just going to be reading her books, no matter what! I love her books. They’re always well written and the amount of research she does is amazing.
I loved this book from the very beginning. It’s set in young America 1814 as the British are trying to take over…again, during the War of 1812. I loved all of the history involved in this one and seeing Jennifer Moore’s amazing characters in the history made this one even better!
Lydia is a complex character. I liked the way she goes from being a debutante, only concerned with herself and society, and the man she wants to ask her to marry him to someone concerned with everything around her. She really learns to look outside of herself. That might have been partly due to something that happened to her. But I loved the way she really learned to not worry about herself. Maybe this struck me so much because it’s a lesson we all need to learn in our lives.
Then there’s Jacob. He’s a huge guy, but as the story unfolds, you realize that he has a heart to match. Only he’s afraid to let anyone into his heart because of his early life. I loved seeing things through both his perspective and Lydia’s, it really makes the story so rich. The reader knows things that neither of the the characters know about each other and the plot. I loved it!
I have to mention Jacob’s friend Alden Thatcher. His character is great. There are several scenes where he provides some really great comic relief. But under his humor, there seems to be some type of heart ache that we don’t learn about in this book. I’m hoping he gets his own story so we can learn a bit more about him.
The plot of this one is fantastic. There’s romance, danger, adventure, comedy, and surprising humanity in the last place you’d expect it. I never knew what was coming next and I loved that!
This one has everything you want in a historical fiction book! Make sure to pick up your own copy!