Julienne Dalton’s privileged existence is shattered when her family’s plantation home is burned and her father murdered by Union soldiers. Desperate for justice, she reports to a Rebel spymaster after overhearing plans for a Union attack against the Confederacy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, she gleefully charms Yankee officers into giving away important secrets. But when she meets Alexander Caulfield, a charming British expatriate, Julienne begins to question her desire for vengeance. The visiting businessman is unlike any man she has met, for he seems captivated by her love of philosophy and chess. She is puzzled by his attentions and yet longs to be loved by him. They marry after a hasty courtship and only then does Julienne discover that Alex has been harboring a dangerous secret. Heartbroken and fearing for her life, she escapes the country, bound for Europe. As she travels through England, Julienne discovers that the sickness plaguing her is something else entirely. She is forced to remain in a secluded village in order to protect the life of the child she carries, but remaining in her husband’s homeland is dangerous for Alex could find her at any moment. And if he does—will it be to rekindle the brief passion they shared or to exact revenge for her treachery?
REVIEW BY TARA
I found this to be a superbly written story. At first, one may thing the alternating POV switch would be jarring, but it was so well done, with his parts in third person and her parts in first person, it flowed so that you knew immediately what POV you were reading.
The heroine is spunky, high-strung, and out for revenge. I loved her despite the fact she was fighting for the wrong side. She took matters in her own hands, choosing to get revenge in the only way she knew how: spying. She dresses as a boy and even sorta of joins the Union army for a bit! Talk about high adventure!
But Alexander is on the other side…and it is love at first sight for him when he lays eyes on Julienne, but things turn sour after a whirlwind courtship and wedding when the truth of both their loyalties is laid bare. Enter assumptions and misunderstandings and the lovers are separated. Numerous outside sources can ruin everything once again should they find each other.
Well written, almost had a shocking ending… for a minute there, I thought the author had chosen to go a surprising route (wouldn’t have agreed with some, but I rather liked it and felt it fitting, but it didn’t after all.) The dressing as man, the spunkiness, the arguments, the trust issues, the betrayals, the conflicts, while not utterly unique, came together to form a solid story. Only quibble: I really did not much like the Richard thing. I think the story could have stood strongly without it. I started losing respect for the heroine when Richard stepped into the picture.
ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. She is most passionate about planes, motorcycles, dogs, and above all, reading. That led to her love of writing. Between her writing and her editing, which allows her to be home with her little canine kids, she believes she has the greatest job in the world. She is very happily married. Tara also writes as Sonia Hightower. Sonia writes the racy stuff and argues that she was here first. She just wasn’t allowed to be unleashed until the last year. While Tara and Sonia continue to fight over the laptop and debate who writes the next book, you can find buy links, blurbs, and other fun bits on their website: http://tarachevrestt.weebly.com/index.html or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Chevrestt-Sonia-Hightower/218383211513877.