I love, love, love frontier fiction! If there is a particular genre that best stands a chance of finding a lifelong home on my bookshelf, it's historical fiction set on the American frontier. So when I had the chance to get hold of Denise Weimer's brand new release, Bent Tree Bride, you can bet I grabbed it.
I was already familiar with the the hero in the story, Sam Hicks, as he was first introduced to readers in Denise's previous novel, The Witness Tree, but Bent Tree Bride is a stand-alone. Best of all, the book is an epic romance set in the south, in a region I'm much less familiar than I am with the great "up north", so I was prepared to learn about some rich history along the way.
Susanna Moore can’t get him out of her mind—the learned lieutenant who delivered the commission from Andrew Jackson making her father colonel of the Cherokee Regiment. But the next time she sees Lieutenant Sam Hicks, he’s leading a string of prisoners into a frontier fort, and he’s wearing the garb of a Cherokee scout rather than the suit of a white gentleman.
As both Susanna’s father and Sam’s commanding officer, Colonel Moore couldn’t have made his directive to stay away from his daughter clearer to Sam. He wants a better match for Susanna—like the stuffy doctor who escorted her to Creek Territory. Then a suspected spy forces Moore to rely on Sam for military intelligence and Susanna’s protection, making it impossible for either to guard their heart.
From the first compelling moment in her father’s library, when Susanna Moore ducks away and finds herself nose to nose with the stoic Sam Hicks, through the upheaval of a wilderness war in which both are dragged to the brink of survival, readers will root for their forbidden love to find its way. While following their adventure, devotees of history will delight in the author’s attention to detail, whether it’s the scrubbing of a pot with a corncob, or the executing of military maneuvers by a Cherokee regiment. Denise Weimer’s Bent Tree Bride presents an epic segment of history wrapped in a romance not to be forgotten.
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