In 1783 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.
Never did Lark think she'd want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she's loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country's capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.
Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new nation he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough.
He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater--before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.
Roseanna has done it again! The story line is different than the norm. They don't just meet and have to deal with difficult situations. They have known each other all their lives. They are betrothed. And yet, it is not the happy relationship that it should be. They are strangers. He is just going through the motions and she decides she can't live that way despite the fact that she has loved him all of her life.
The old saying "You don't know what you have until you've lost it" rings true in this story. When Lark leaves without telling him where she is going, Emerson sees for once what he had missed all along, a woman with fire and spirit. The adventure begins when he finally finds out where she is and follows her there to win her back.
The historical content makes the book even more appealing. I am a homeschool mom and we are learning about the American Revolution and George Washington. Both of those topics are a part of this book. It brought out the facts of the war that some might have forgotten, the emotional struggles of those on both sides of the war that considered America their home but were on different sides of the conflict. It brought out what the war was all about, freedom to choose. Freedom for all, not just a few.
I loved the characters in this story, as I do in all of her books. They are alive and vibrant. The banter between the young people in the story is fun and entertaining. She doesn't just make the main characters interesting but each and every character is detailed. They all seem like main characters because she does that. It was so easy to get caught up in the book. If you are like me and will stay up all night reading a great book, then prepare yourself to do that with this one. You will not want to put it down.
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