About the book:
Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical eighteenth-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical eighteenth-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the Seven Years' War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa's long-lost friend, Keturah, who disappeared from the settlement years earlier.
Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when circumstances force Clay's hand--and heart--the stage is set for one very private and one very public reckoning.
This was such a fascinating time period to learn about and I enjoyed the love story between Tessa and Clay. I can't imagine the stress and fear of living in 1770's West Virginia where you're caught in the middle of settlers and Indians fighting over land, among other things. Settlers were either being killed and scalped or taken captive left and right, it seemed. It was fascinating seeing what it would have been like to be returned after years of captivity, when you probably don't even remember your family and are so used to Indian ways, and for the people who aren't sure what to make of you. This story really portrayed the emotion and showed what the day-to-day life would have been like for a woman. Tessa was truly a woman to be reckoned with, capable of anything and incredibly tough. She also had a strong faith and often prayed while going about her chores. I also admired how she found the good or the beautiful in her circumstances, even while going through some pretty hard things. I enjoyed her banter with Clay. There were also some sweet romantic moments. Clay struggled a bit more with faith as he felt stuck between two worlds, the Lenape Indians who raised him and the Quaker relatives he's returned to years later. He also feared falling in love as the people he loved were taken from him. There was suspense and action as attacks kept happening far and near. I would highly recommend this story if you like historical fiction.
I received this book free from Revell. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.