Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I didn't realize when I scheduled this post originally that it would be on Thanksgiving Day, oops, calendar fail!
About the book: 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?
My review: 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!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase links: Amazon - Deseret Book
About the author: Anita Stansfield began writing at the age of sixteen, and her first novel was published sixteen years later. Her novels range from historical to contemporary and cover a wide gamut of social and emotional issues that explore the human experience through memorable characters and unpredictable plots. She has received many awards, including a special award for pioneering new ground in LDS fiction, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Whitney Academy for LDS Literature. Anita is the mother of five, and has two adorable grandsons. Her husband, Vince, is her greatest hero.
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