The London Season is ushered in with a thrilling flurry of invitations, gowns, and parties. But despite her status as belle of the ball, lovely socialite Emma Drake simply cannon fathom becoming entangled with any gentleman of her acquaintance. For, in truth, since childhood, her heart has belonged to Captain Sidney Fletcher, a man of the sea—and her brother's best friend.
Emma knew Sidney's directive to free the Spanish city of Cadiz from French occupation would be dangerous, but when word arrives of his capture, she is frantic. Determined to aid her brother in Sidney's rescue, she hides aboard her brother's ship and sets a course to Spain. But the realities of war are a far cry from the drawing rooms of London, and Emma finds the man she loves a mere shadow of his former self. When a series of events leaves them trapped together behind enemy lines, Emma and Sidney must embark on a journey fraught with danger—from a bloody hunt for Spanish treasure to the battlefields of war-torn Spain, new threats lurk around every turn. As their flight becomes increasingly perilous, Sidney and Emma must trust each other with their lives—but can they trust each other with their hearts?
As I have thought about just what I wanted to say about this book, I've pondered just what makes this such a great read. The characters? Definitely, Emma and Sidney appealed to me very much in terms of making me cheer for them and smile at them. The plot? The plot moves along at a brisk pace but never did I feel like it was too fast or too slow. I didn't find any plot holes that bugged me. The realistic nature of the setting made me sincerely grateful to never have been in a war zone. I would never want to experience the things that Emma and Sidney and their friends do. The nightmares and horrible memories that they have to deal with are portrayed in a realistic and believable way. The author does an amazing job of helping the reader get a glimpse at what war was really like at the time. Which does mean of course that there are some really unpleasant scenes where Emma sees men die in horrible ways. Thankfully these scenes while powerful are brief.
I think one of the things that love most about the book is how the author manages to create such a complete story with depth in only 200 pages. The writing is clear and easy to follow making for quite a quick read, but it's a read that will leave you wanting more as it did me. This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year. If you enjoy historical romances I can heartily recommend this one. Although because of the setting there is violence experienced by the characters.
I am currently working as a elementary school librarian which I love. I enjoy sharing books on my blogs of which I have two (Geo Librarian and LDS and Lovin' it). I also review for School Library Journal.