Series: Historical #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon Impulse on 2 July 2013
I am so very glad Sparks has temporarily turned her pen towards historical romance because this was a highly enjoyable read. Caroline Munro is determined to find a safe haven for her heavily pregnant sister Virginia, niece and nephew after the British burned down their home. Caroline plays along when Jane Thomas, mistress of Loblolly Plantation mistakes Caroline for her son’s intended. Captain Matthias Thomas has no interest in getting married and thinks the woman in his bed is trying to entrap him. Matthias should be focussing all his attention on disrupting the British supply line but Caroline is incredibly distracting.
Matthias may be the only heir to a large plantation but he is determined to fight for freedom. In the opening scene he bamboozles British guards with a full chamber pot of all things. Clearly the man has a sense of whimsy to go with his quick wit. He conceals his real identity from Catherine for far too long because he is enjoying being with someone who is interested in him and not his wealth. Naturally this comes back to bite him, rather like Catherine did when they first met. Caroline was a treat as she was stubborn, independent and clever, in other words, the perfect match for Matthias. In situations where normal women would be having a fit of the vapours, she is scheming to pass on important info to the rebels or protect her family. She may be thoroughly modern but she is still thoroughly enjoyable to watch in action. The initial interactions between Caroline and Matthias are farcical and I could not stop giggling and snorting in a most unladylike fashion.
Sparks clearly did her research on the Revolutionary War but resists the urge to info dump. The ugly side of slavery is addressed but it is cleared up a little too quickly for my liking. Political correctness ends up ruling the day even though it probably wouldn’t have back then. This was most likely done to suit modern sensibilities. Both the serious side of war and the lighter, humorous side of falling in love are painted with deft strokes.
This is a thoroughly entertaining romp through the Revolutionary War. Highly recommended.