Book description: "To escape a brutal stepfather and an unwanted marriage, Tamsen Littlejohn enlists backwoodsman Jesse Bird to lead her overmountain to western North Carolina's Watauga settlement. Trouble pursues in the form of Ambrose Kincaid, a determined suitor convinced she's been kidnapped and taken against her will. Trouble awaits in the form of a divided frontier community. The State of Franklin has been declared, yet many settlers remain loyal to North Carolina. Threatening the contentious settlers from without is the renegade Chickamauga warrior, Dragging Canoe, who seeks to sweep the lot of them back east across the mountains. In her bid for freedom Tamsen Littlejohn bargained for none of this, especially not for her growing attraction to her unlikely rescuer. When pursuit finally catches up with them, having fallen in love with Jesse Bird could prove the greatest risk of all."
My review: This is a fast-paced, can't read fast enough to see what happens next kind of book! I loved it! I especially loved Tamsen and Jesse. The author, Lori Benton, has created characters that you feel like you get to know personally, and a story that leaves you wishing it would never end. I don't want to give anything away, but there is more mystery in this book than I realized. I didn't even see it coming, but I thought the ending well-written. I highly recommend this book, but don't start reading it too late in the evening. You will never make it to bed! I hope Ms. Benton plans to write a sequel. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Commander Mark Bishop is deliberately low-key: "I'm in the Navy." But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, keeping her crew trained and alert during ninety-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark Bishop is a man who accepts that responsibility, and handles it well. And at a time when tensions are escalating around the Pacific Rim, the Navy is glad to have him.
Mark wants someone to come home to after sea patrols. The woman he has in mind is young, with a lovely smile, and very smart. She's a civilian, yet she understands the U.S. Navy culture. And he has a strong sense that life with her would never be boring. But she may be too deep in her work to see the potential in a relationship with him.
Gina Gray would love to be married. She has always envisioned her life that way. A breakup she didn't see coming, though, has her focusing all her attention on what she does best--ocean science research. She's on the cusp of a major breakthrough, and she needs Mark Bishop's perspective and help. Because what she told the Navy she's figured out is only the beginning. If she's right, submarine warfare is about to enter a new and dangerous chapter."
My review: I loved this book! This is the first of Dee Henderson's newest books that I have read. I am so glad she is writing again! This is a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and quickly turning pages. Even though there are some technical parts in the story, they are well explained and easy to understand. Ms. Henderson also keeps you guessing when two guys enter the picture trying to win Gina's heart. She writes in such a way that makes the reader cheer for both guys. I actually hated to see one "lose". Ms. Henderson makes her characters seem so real that the reader feels like they have become part their life. That is one of the reasons I love her books so much. She is a master story-teller! I can't wait to read her next book. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.