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Before the Scarlet Dawn is the first in a Trilogy and it is apparent a the end that the next book in the trilogy needs to be read in order for you to get the whole story. This is the only reason I have given this 4 rather than 5 stars. The story itself is definitely worth 5 stars. I loved the feisty heroine Eliza, who after losing both her father and brother in the same day, marries Hayward and moves out to the colonies with him. On the other hand I couldn't really warm to Hayward, who is actually quite arrogant, although he does seem to have some other redeeming qualities. The story is well written, you really get the sense of America at the time, and how the civil war impacted on ordinary people. You also get to know a lot about the English class system, which seemed to continue free and unfettered in America. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this trilogy and hearing some more of their story.
on 14 February 2013
My wife read this book and says:"This is a totally brilliant book, I just could not put it down.Before The Scarlet Dawn tells of Eliza who in 1775 marries Hayward Morgan following the death of her father, a vicar in Derbyshire. They travel, with Fiona, who helped to bring up Eliza, to America, and settle in the Potomac. Hayward, will never tell Eliza that he loves her as he sees it as a weakness on his part. Following the birth of their daughter Darcy, Haywood goes off to fight in the American war of independence. Though Eliza is a strong woman and in love with Hayward, she finds herself rescued on several occasions, by their neighbour, and it is to him that Eliza turns when she receives a terrible letter. For what happens next, you must read the book. The book deals with the themes of love, forgiveness, bitterness, guilt, and how God's love can be shown unconditionally through people. If you haven't read the book, then I urge you to buy or download a copy, you will not be disappointed.I shall now be starting book number 2 in the series."