Determined to find her missing husband, Julia Bonneaux leaves Louisiana with her young daughter and heads to Wyoming. At Fort Laramie, Julia finds instead Major Andrew Garrett, the man she had secretly married seven years ago, a Union spy who had betrayed her and whom she believed dead. Now she needs his help, and Andrew is torn between duty and ...
Determined to find her missing husband, Julia Bonneaux leaves Louisiana with her young daughter and heads to Wyoming. At Fort Laramie, Julia finds instead Major Andrew Garrett, the man she had secretly married seven years ago, a Union spy who had betrayed her and whom she believed dead. Now she needs his help, and Andrew is torn between duty and desire.
After looking at the other reviews of this book, I?m wondering if I read the same story!
Things I liked about this book:
1) Lovelace obviously did research into the lives and conditions of frontier soldiers/fort life and it shows in the interesting facts woven into the story.
2) The plotting was superb. Things moved along at a good pace.
Things I DIDN?T like about this tome:
1) During this era, an annulment or a divorce was a major humiliation for anyone involved. The fact that Andrew didn?t know about the annulment (at some point) is ludicrous. Men held all the cards in these actions; there was no way he would not have been notified during those 6 years.
3) He was a military officer ? even if he was in prison, he would have been notified as soon as he returned to active service. An officer in the military doesn?t just disappear; there are records that could have been consulted, so that he?d have an opportunity to respond to the court action.
4) Laundresses were often followers of the camps and forts. They were often whores. There?s no way a lady like Julia would have stooped so low. Remember, she had a daughter to consider. Since other work was mentioned at the same time (working in the hospital), a lady would have chosen something that did not smack of loose morals.
5) The final solution was so contrived! ALL the pieces fit at the end; how convenient. However, life isn?t like that. I thought the author took the easy way and my estimation of her originality dropped through the floor.
6) SPOILER: I can?t tell you how many stories I?ve read lately have the (thought-to-be-dead) husband appearing after the 2 main characters are ready to head into the sunset holding hands. Please!
7) Lovelace?s characters were often one-faceted and the character?s growth was stilted or poorly developed. For example: Suzanne hated Andrew through the first ½ of the book. Andrew gives Suzanne a pony; now Andrew is wonderful. How shallow!
This is my second book by this author; I doubt there will be a third!
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