Mercedes Maxwell’s sister’s last wish was for Mercedes to find evidence against Kat’s husband, William Braxton, and have him hung as a traitor to the crown. Mercedes isn’t naïve when it comes to capturing traitors, because her own deceased husband had once been an agent for the King when they lived in England. When she meets William Braxton for the first time, all is not as it seems. Portraying her twin, Mercedes knows this is the only way to get close enough to William to discover his secrets. What she finds along the way are little surprises she hadn’t counted on, especially when she begins to give her heart to a man who may be a spy against the crown. My Review:
Mercedes Maxwell is a young women who grew up in England, but now lives in colonial America. There are traitors everywhere, her late husband was a man who turned them in to the king for money. Her father had gone insane and ended up dying and now it seems as though her identical twin sister is suffering the same fate. When she talks to her sister, Kat, Kat tells her about her terrible husband William Braxton. Mercedes feels terrible leaving her sister in the insane asylum where she's been committed, but she really has no choice, Mercedes must figure out a way to get her released before William Braxton finds out about her being committed. Unfortunately, Kat kills herself before Mercedes can have her released. Knowing that there will be bills that will be sent to Kat's husband for her stay in the asylum and burial, Mercedes heads for her sister's home in Philadelphia. Mercedes and Kat must have looked more alike than Mercedes remembers because all of the people that she runs into in Philadelphia believe that Mercedes is Kat, including the handsome William Braxton. Mercedes is quite poisoned against him because of what Kat had told her, but William doesn't seem to be quite as hard-hearted and cruel as she had said. Kat, however, had obviously not been as modest and scrupled as Mercedes would have liked, Mercedes finds herself being accosted by all kinds of men, who claim that she had been very good "friends" with them. And her clothes, not a modest dress among them. It's up to Mercedes to get to the bottom of this, and she'll just have to let William believe that she is Kat, but a changed Kat for now. But will this decision cost Mercedes everything, her life and the love that she begins to gain for William and his two small children? I was sucked into this story from the very first page. I really liked Mercedes, and I really liked William and his young family. I liked the way that Mercedes worked at winning him over, just by showing that she cared for him, even though he thought that she was her sister and hated him. I did think that there was plenty of romance in this book and maybe a bit more sexual innuendo than I am really comfortable with. However, the romance is clean and there is plenty of mystery. I was really surprised with the twist in the ending. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series!
Praise for Marie Higgins ”I enjoyed this book immensely. Each book of Marie's that I read is better than the last. I recommend this book to young adults and older who enjoy historical mystery, intrigue, fight for freedom, clean romance. This is the book for you.” ~~Mary Walling / Goodreads “Few authors have mastered the art of storytelling like Marie Higgins. In this Colonial-era romance, Marie takes her reader on a wild ride. Every chapter, every scene, every line envelopes the reader's senses and imagination with passionate romance, deep emotional struggles, unexpected twists and turns, and neverending ups and downs. This was a hard book to put down and earns an unequivocal five stars from me. Thanks, Marie, for writing such great romances!” ~~Wanda Luce / Goodreads “Marie Higgins's Take My Heart is a stunning colonial romance. With well developed characters and heartwarming scenes, this book will steal the hearts of romance lovers and historical fiction fans. There are numerous twists and Higgins keeps you guessing at every turn as to who the real villain is. This book is a "must-read" for anyone who loves romance, history, or just a good story. FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY!!” ~~L.D. Smith / Kindle “Breathless! From start to finish you will keep wondering, questioning, and hoping. You will root for the underdog, and smile as love conquers all. Great read. You won't put it down until you're finished!” ~~M. Henning / Kindle
Author Marie Higgins Since Marie Higgins was a little girl playing Barbies with her sister, Stacey, she has loved the adventure of making up romantic stories. Marie was only eighteen years old when she wrote her first skit, which won an award for Funniest Skit. A little later in life, after she’d married and had children, Marie wrote Church roadshows that were judged as Funniest and Best Written. From there, she branched out to write full-length novels based on her dreams. (Yes, she says, her dreams really are that silly) Marie has been married for twenty-six years to a wonderful man. Together, they have three loving daughters and several beautiful grandchildren. Marie works full time for the state of Utah, where she has lived her entire life. Marie plans to keep writing, because the characters in her head won’t shut up. But her husband smiles and pretends this is normal.
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