The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.
Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel’s life convince her he’s in mortal danger. Against her better judgment, she helps him to flee by the river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She’s risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?
approx. 400 pages
Out February 5, 2019
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
I really wasn’t sure if I’d like this book, but after getting into it, I began to enjoy the vivid details and setting, and how well the author researched the era. Researching any historical fiction is an absolute must if you want the book to be successful. This one is one such book. I’ve read Green’s work before and think her writing style is very unique to her. She picks a time and places characters within this world to experience every level of emotion they can. Through the interaction of era events and personalities of her characters that she’s fleshed out right down to the finest of details, she takes the reader on a very vividly felt journey.
For this book, Green focused on the time and people surrounding the Seven Years’ War. You have a Canadian setting developed in 1759 in Montreal, involving the British and the Mohawks and the French. Of course, there’s romance, but it’s not overdone and sloppy. The historical factor is just perfect. I can’t stress enough how wonderfully researched and imagined this was.
Lots of drama, conflict, and tension. Many harrowing decisions and interesting outcomes. I was pleasantly impressed and enjoyed reading this book.
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