Book review: Emily's Vow by Betty Bolte.
Emily Sullivan's greatest fear is dying in childbirth, as did her twin sister and their mother. Then she's thrown in a loyalist prison for her privateering father's raids on the British, and her accuser—a former beau—promises to recant if she will marry him.
Frank Thomson always loved Emily despite her refusal to return his affections. A patriot spy posing as a loyalist officer, when Frank learns of Emily's plight, he challenges her accuser to a duel.
Freed from prison, Emily ponders returning the affections of her rescuer—the only man she's ever loved and who married her twin to save the Sullivan family's reputation. But Frank cannot afford to be discovered. For the sake of young America, he must deliver his secrets.
Without a goodbye, Amy Abernathy's childhood sweetheart, Benjamin Hanson, leaves to fight in the American War for Independence. Amy chooses to pick up the pieces of her heart and leave Charles Town to help her sister who is with child.
Benjamin knows he hurt Amy, but he plans to make it up to her after his mission is completed. Then he learns that Amy has been captured by renegade soldiers. Now Benjamin faces his own choice: free the sassy yet obstinate woman he's never stopped loving or protect Charles Town from vengeful British occupation.
Midwife and healer, Samantha McAlester returns from the front lines to find Charles Town under British siege and the town's new doctor at war with its citizens.
Dr. Trent Cunningham intends to build a hospital staffed solely with educated doctors. What he doesn't need is a raven-haired charlatan spooning out herbs and false promises to his patients, while tempting him at every turn.
Then a mutual friend develops a mysterious infection. Trenton is stumped. Samantha suspects the cure but knows treatment will expose her long-guarded secret, risking all she holds dear... including Trenton.
Determined to make her own way in the emerging United States of America, and live free of the dictates and demands of another husband, widow Evelyn Hamilton faces soaring post-war inflation as she struggles to provide for herself and her infant son.
Militiaman Nathaniel Williams is determined to make his fortune on the New Frontier. But during a visit to Charlestown, his heart is ensnared by a smart, beautiful widow, forcing Nathaniel to make the hardest decision of his life.
Definitely 5 Stars
I received this book from the touring host for an honest review.
There is so much depth within this book that it is hard to single out something specific but the author did an excellent work combining the historic overview with the struggles of women of that time period and their quest to learn. The story takes you back in time when America was in war with England and the women were left to do the best they could under the circumstance while it was still expected to be wife, mother and housewife without knowing about politics or the world. The main character, Emily, had a hard time adapting to the norm and struggled to be recognized in her own right as a woman of means and intellect. When her twin sister died and left her with an infant her struggles became more obvious as she had to act as a mother while maintaining her own independence. The dualistic nature of a woman was touched and written with empathy which made this story believable and realistic.
Between everything her traitorous heart fell in love with a very handsome Captain which added to the explosive mix allowing for more drama and passion and you wonder what side will win this fight within her.
Truly a marvel to read and I loved every minute of the story. It was well written, descriptive with a good flow that allows you to really get lost in the pages.
Thanks for the opportunity.