Copyright: 2007 (Leisure); pgs. 338
Violence: scalping, torture, fighting
Who: Caroline “Carrie” Murray and Connor Duncan
Summary: Leaving behind the Highlands for the New World at the tender age of ten, Connor Duncan quickly learned that only the fit and the fortunate survive. He was both, becoming a scout and an expert marksman. . .a man to be reckoned with. He knew his way through the backwoods as well as any Shawnee, but he was far less comfortable in the drawing rooms of Williamsburg. What was a rough-hewn frontiersman like he to do with a sheltered beauty like the governor’s niece? But there seemed to be no way to avoid the “Virgin Widow,” especially when she insisted on accompanying him on a dangerous mission through the wilderness to Fort Savannah. Neither capture, nor torture, nor the violent birth pangs of a young nation could keep them apart or stop the founding of a brand new dynasty of Duncans.
Comments: Rising Wind is another book I picked up based on the All About Romance review. American Colonial is not a subject I read much of despite the fact that I enjoy history in general.
Despite the sensuality ranting given by AAR, the romance is low-key, almost secondary to the story. I say almost because much of Connor’s and Carrie’s thoughts and actions are dictated by their feelings for each other. Connor loves Carrie, but because he’s a Scot and she’s Lord Dunmore’s niece, he feels he is unworthy of her. Likewise, Carrie is drawn to Connor, and tries to make him understand that she is willing endure the hardships on the American frontier to be with him. And Carrie’s conduct throughout demonstrates that she’ll probably be fine. Even during the most harrowing events in the book, Carrie doesn’t lose it. She’s a strong person and I liked her a lot.
There are some squeamish scenes in the last third of the book that effected my enjoyment of the book. The scenes are necessary to convey the dire situation, and I can’t fault the author for including them for that and for historical accuracy. Even so, I still found the book to be worth reading, and I enjoyed the author’s writing to pick up other books by her, even though the American frontier isn’t my favorite sub-genre.
I understand this is a prequel to her other Wind books. I don’t think it’s necessary to read this first — considering that the other books were written prior to this one. It works as a stand alone.
Started: 16 March 2008
Finished: 28 March 2008