Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Quaker and the Rebel - Civil War Heroines Series 1 - by Mary Ellis

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About the book:

Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them.

Emily Harrison’s life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents’ work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there.

Alexander Hunt is the doctor’s handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems—rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily’s antislavery convictions.

The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?

My review:

This was an entertaining story featuring a strong, sassy heroine who was easy to like.  She was both opinionated and brave, but also could be incredibly self-conscious and awkward, so she felt incredibly human.  I liked Alex, too, but he was more of a rake in the beginning and I liked him more as he started to change.  He really had fallen away from his faith and I wished there would have been more in the story showing his return and showing Emily's faith as personal rather than being all about being a Quaker.  Their arguments were amusing and if ever there was a case of opposites attracting, this was it!  I also enjoyed her banter with the maid, Lila.  The plot seemed a bit scattered, with her as a governess and then the girls being sent away, and with the household moving quite a bit back and forth.  I liked the historical elements woven into the story and it definitely had enough happening to keep my interest. This is my first Mary Ellis book and I believe her first outside of the Amish genre and I'll definitely be looking for the next in the series!

I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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