KEOWEE VALLEY by Katherine Scott Crawford

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books,  Sept 27, 2012

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

She journeyed into the wilderness to find a kidnapped relative. She stayed to build a new life filled with adventure, danger, and passion.

Spring, 1768. The Southern frontier is a treacherous wilderness inhabited by the powerful Cherokee people. In Charlestown, South Carolina, twenty-five-year-old Quincy MacFadden receives news from beyond the grave: her cousin, a man she’d believed long dead, is alive-held captive by the Shawnee Indians. Unmarried, bookish, and plagued by visions of the future, Quinn is a woman out of place . . . and this is the opportunity for which she’s been longing.

Determined to save two lives, her cousin’s and her own, Quinn travels the rugged Cherokee Path into the South Carolina Blue Ridge. But in order to rescue her cousin, Quinn must trust an enigmatic half-Cherokee tracker whose loyalties may lie elsewhere. As translator to the British army, Jack Wolf walks a perilous line between a King he hates and a homeland he loves. When Jack is ordered to negotiate for Indian loyalty in the Revolution to come, the pair must decide: obey the Crown, or commit treason . . .

RHL CLASSIFICATION:

Romantic Historical Fiction

American Frontier (1768, South Carolina/Keowee Valley)

Heat Rating 2

REVIEW RATING 5stars/ TOP PICK

REVIEW by: Genevieve Graham

What an amazing debut!

Katherine Scott Crawford let herself sink deep into Keowee Valley — she must have, because every aspect of the book is beautifully done. Her characters were multi dimensional (including secondary characters) and believable, and even though there wasn’t one clear cut “evil” guy, there still managed to be some wonderful tension and scary moments. She wrote skillfully and lovingly of the beautiful, rugged Keowee Valley and its people, going so far as to include Cherokee language in places (just enough, not too much!) and even include an index for those of us who wish they could remember those sorts of details! Her descriptions of the countryside were like masterful oil paintings. Beautiful colour and style. If you’ve read my reviews, you know I’m an “adventure” reader, not into fluffy romance and (what I call) overdone sex, but Ms Crawford’s sex scenes were wonderfully written.

There’s no denying the passion sparking between the feisty and adorable Quinn and the yummy Jack Wolf, and when they finally get together, they are delicious as a couple. I love that she left the ending open for future novels, and I will be looking forward to reading her next book!

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Genevieve Graham started writing when she was in her forties, inspired by the work of the legendary Diana Gabaldon. Her first two novels, “Under the Same Sky” and “Sound of the Heart” were published by Berkley Sensation/Penguin US in 2012. The third in the series, “Out of the Shadows” will be released Aug/Sept 2013. Genevieve writes what she calls “Historical Fiction” rather than “Historical Romance,” meaning she concentrates on the stories and adventures, and she doesn’t turn away from the ugly truths of the times. Romance binds her stories together, but it is not the primary focus. Genevieve also runs her own Editing business and has helped dozens of authors with their novels.

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SECOND REVIEW BY JILL:

REVIEW RATING: 4.5 stars /Debut

Set in the years prior to the War of Independence, this romantic historical fiction will suit readers who love their romance steeped in rich historical detail and lush descriptions of the wilderness of the Blue Ridge Mountains

 But for all my gift of Sight, I had never foreseen Jack. He’d come into my world unbidden, a steady, muscled disturbance that had charmed his way onto my land and into my heart. Quincy (Quinn) MacFadden at twenty-five is a single, wealthy and well-bred lady from Charlestown. Like most MacFadden women (and some of their men) she has the Sight. Both she and her cousin, Owen were orphaned and raised by their grandfather since children. When news comes that Owen, who was believed killed by the Shawnee, is alive Quinn decides to leave Charlestown and head to the frontier to trade for Owen’s life. This also presents an opportunity for Quinn to settle on the frontier away from the constraints and expectations of Charlestown society.

 Arriving in the Appalachians, Quinn is told that the one man that can guide and help her negotiate her cousin’s freedom is Jackson Wolf. Having traded for land in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Quinn begins a settlement while waiting for Jack.

In 1768, the colonies are rife with rumours of an impending war and dangerous times are ahead for settlers with the Regulators. With Wolf being summoned back into service for the British as an interpreter in the coming war, which side will Jack and Quinn (Jack calls her Mac) support? Will they stay and fight or will they commit treason and seek safety elsewhere?

 Jack is the ideal historical romantic hero. Half Cherokee, half Irish, he straddles both worlds acting as a part-time translator for the British. His appeal lies not only in his physical appearance but in his kindness and easy manner, offset by a contained ruthlessness, necessary in a time where justice was meted out the hard way.

 Hopefully this is a first book in a continuing saga of the life and adventures of Jack and Mac, which would allow Ridge Runner, Jack’s full-blood Cherokee brother, to get his story. Though there is a conclusion to Keowee Valley there are also some unanswered questions.

 This debut will suit readers who enjoy romantic historical fiction and even American historical romance. It does contain some similar elements, themes, setting, era, characters to the following books.Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins MacKinnon’s Rangers series by Pamela Clare

Action, adventure, history, romance all come together in this brilliant story. Katherine Scott Crawford’s appreciation and love of the setting in the Appalachians shines through in her beautiful and at times, poetic prose. A very impressive debut.

 

 

 

 

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