Four years after a near fatal blunder uproots her from her home and inheritance, Anne Darvey, daughter of the Marquess of Esterleigh, finds herself an indentured servant on a farm near Fort Edward in New York, as the British army advances toward Albany. Driven by guilt over the pain she has caused her father and grief over her lover’s death, she sets out to deliver a message. The consequences lead to the discovery that all is not as it seems, and sets in motion events that lead to love and danger. Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, Courting the Devil is the second book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from her childhood in the rural English countryside, to London society, and into the center of the American Revolution.
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Book one: Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter
Book two: Courting the Devil
Book three: The Partisan’s Wife
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Romantic Historical Fiction
Heating Level – 1
Review Rating – 4.5
Review by Sabrina
Courting the Devil takes us 4 years into the future. Anne Darvey is an indentured servant having been forced to America by her scheming cousin, Arthur. Believing all is lost, Anne has one goal; to deliver a message to a man by the name of Rene LeClair.
The overall feel and tone of this book is vastly different then the first, but I was impressed with how effectively this was done. The author was very creative in her approach and adapted a captivating continuation that kept me in suspense and filled with anticipation of what was to come. This book was written with gentle reminders and hints of the past without rehashing the original story and the scenes were descriptive and engaging.
At first I was surprised by Anne’s easy acceptance of being a servant, but then it dawns on me that for the first 16 years of her life, she was responsible for daily chores. Add to this her feelings of worthlessness and I can now see how Anne has accepted her fate. I like the Anne of this book a lot more than the previous book. It is clear she has grown up a bit and sees things differently. The beginning was a slow start, but once Anne is on the move things quickly pick up pace. With help from unlikely quarters Anne finds the man she is seeking but not the closure she desperately yearns for. What follows is an adventure that plunges our heroine into a series of different confrontations. Will Anne ever be able to find peace? Is there an opportunity for her to move on? These were a couple of the questions I continually asked as I raced to finish this book.
I found the ending to be a bit abrupt, but was really satisfied with the way this story progressed. Now on to the conclusion with book #3 – The Partisan’s Wife.