Some women like to discuss politics and world events; some women like to discuss nonsense and men. The first group holds my respect, but the second group holds my interest. Cheryl Sawyer's THE CHASE belongs to the first group. This is a book steeped in history, detail, and description. Is it my kind of book? No. However, Cheryl Sawyer worked far too hard on research, time, and effort for me to slam this endeavor!
The Italians have an expression "Colpo di fulmine" meaning A THUNDERBOLT OF LOVE or LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. This is the premise Cheryl Sawyer unravels in her history laden novel, THE CHASE. Jacques Decernay is a "Chasseur" - a captured French soldier who now fights with the British, against Napoleon. However, such a soldier is considered a betrayer and assigned to the lowest ranks. This is the military distinction Jacques Decernay holds when he encounters the lovely widow Lady Sophia Hamilton.
Sophia Hamilton is disgusted with her reaction to the French gentleman, Jacques Decernay. No one has ever affected her so, now she feels guilt, shame, and betrayal. After all, the French murdered her husband - her friend, her lover, the father of her son - Harry. Now someone is trying to murder Harry - could it be the Frenchman who has writhed into her heart?
Cheryl Sawyer tells her love story through Sophia Hamilton - a woman who detests war. More important, Sophia Hamilton detests the weakness found in women. The weakness when they do not speak out, when they sacrifice in silence, when they betray those they love - as their men go off to war - for Sophia Hamilton, too, was guilty of weakness. Cheryl Sawyer may use the backdrop of the Napoleonic resurgence to tell her story, but she lets her reader know this weakness is an age-old problem despite a woman's country or race.
This writer definitely did not follow the normal path attributed to this genre. It is obvious, Ms. Sawyer researched this era fully and her love of history shines through brilliantly. So if instructive history is your forte, then you will likely enjoy Sawyer's sweeping historical work, but a warning: it is intense.