Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Unwilling Warrior

Author: Andrea Boeshaar
Publisher: Realms
May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59979-985-8
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Valerie Fontaine didn’t want to remain at boarding school during the winter holidays, but her father didn’t want her come home. The War Between the States were just beginning, and he felt it was unsafe for her to travel. Not only that, but the death of Valerie’s mother has the whole family in a tailspin, and Mr. Fontaine is coping by focusing on work and drowning his sorrow in alcohol.

Benjamin McCabe is a photographer who is not willing to take sides during this war. He photographs both the southern troops and the northern ones. He has come to New Orleans to check on Mr. Fontaine to see how his coping after his wife’s death. Benjamin doesn’t expect to become enamored of the lovely Ms. Fontaine. But Benjamin has more on his mind than a beautiful woman. His brother Luke has gone missing and Ben is determined to find him.

When Valerie’s father is accused of supplying Federal gunboats in order to save his shipping business, and Valerie is charged with conspiracy, Valerie is forced to flee her New Orleans’s home. Ben sends her home to his family promising to return soon. But then Valerie finds herself caught in a web of lies that threaten to imprison her.

UNWILLING WARRIOR is the first book in Ms. Boeshaar’s new historical series, Seasons of Redemption. Valerie is the typical Southern belle, used to elaborate parties, attentive beaus, and whatever money can buy. She is suffering from her father’s withdrawal. Ben is attracted to the needy female initially, but soon he finds that there is more to her than first meets the eyes. She is nicer than the other women throwing themselves at him.

If you are looking for a good historical romance, then be sure to pick up UNWILLING WARRIOR and give that a look. An excerpt from the second book in the series Uncertain Heart is included at the end of the book. $10.99. 278 pages.

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