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Monday, May 10, 2010

Unwilling Warrior...Review

About the book:
The War Between the States has Valerie Fontaine frightened about her future. And when her wealthy father is charged with supplying Federal gunboats in order to save his shipping business, Valerie is suspected of conspiracy. Suddenly she's forced to flee her upscale New Orleans home or be taken into custody by Confederate troops.

Benjamin McCabe has a noble dream to make his mark on the world and has decided that photographing the Civil War is the way to accomplish it. But since the Battle of Bull Run, his brother Luke has been missing, and Ben is determined to find him. Hos stop in New Orleans is supposed to be a temporary one--until he meets and falls in love with Miss Valerie Fontaine.

When Valerie's father is arrested, Ben secures a way for her to leave the city and travel to his family's home where she'll be safe. He promised that as soon as he finds Luke, he'll be home and they can begin their life together. But once Valerie steps off the train she finds herself caught up in a web of lies that threaten to imprison her more than Yankee steel bars ever could.

Book 1 in the Seasons of Redemption series, this was not quite the traditional historical romance I was expecting. For the most part, I enjoyed the story. Valerie and Ben are terrific characters. James is a cad and Catherine is horrible, almost to the point of being a caricature. I kept waiting for her family members to call her on her abysmal treatment of Valerie and no one ever did.

My assumption is that since this is the first in the series, none of these characters have appeared in other Boeshaar books. At times it felt like I was missing some details about secondary characters, but hopefully as the series progresses, more information will be revealed.

Somewhat predictable the story, nevertheless, is compelling. The viewpoint of Ben, being a neutral photographer is certainly an unusual, yet very real historical viewpoint of the Civil War.

I look forward to the next book in the series. Easily recommended for those who enjoy historical, Christian fiction.

Thanks to First Wildcard and LeAnn Hamby of Strang Book Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar here. You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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