by Carrie Fancett Pagels
I gave it Five Stars!
C.J. Chase is the author of Redeeming the Rogue (Love Inspired Historicals, August 2011). She won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award last year for this book and I can see why! A great read!
Mattie Fraser is a spirited American heroine whose brother had been pressed into services as a sailor aboard a British ship. She goes to London to inflict revenge upon the man she believes to be responsible for the disappearance of her brother - the captain of the ship that he had been on. Almost as soon as she arrives, Mattie is endangered. She thinks her weapon, a small pistol will both protect her and will exact the revenge she so desperately seeks. Unbeknownst to her, Kit DeChambrelle, the gentleman who helps her out of numerous scrapes is the brother of the aristocratic man she seeks to kill. Kit, a British intelligence officer, has his own secrets, including a death that he blames on himself. And a small (very lovable!) orphaned street urchin, Nicky, can't keep Mattie out of trouble for long, either.
Kit's disabled sister, who is called Car-o, is a touching character as well as the hero's protectiveness toward her. I love the twist with the French mother although SPOILER ALERT it was very shocking when she was gravely injured.
Wonderful characterization, lovely voice, and tight plot make this a strongly recommended read! The romance between Kit and Mattie was very well done and I loved the ending. Great job seamlessly incorporating a strong spiritual thread for both the hero and heroine. And I really liked the strong Christian character, Harrison.
Bibliotherapy: The hero self-medicates with alcohol, i.e., he has a major alcohol problem, disabled adult child, homeless children, forgiveness, revenge as destructive, and PTSD.
This book is available through CBD as a paperback and also as a Kindle book.
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