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- Language: English
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Argh, is there any sentence more enfuriationg and annoying than this one? Unfortunately this sets the note for a major part of the book. There's a lot of condescension in it, usually based on the fact that Emily is a woman, when it is not about Emily's fear of loving and losing people or dying in childbed herself - hence the vow to stay unmarried the title refers to. Okay, some other part is about her falling in love (again) with her late sister's husband and about the difficulties of life in a town under occupation.
Many things happen but I must admit that even though it was well written I couldn't really get into it. I was getting really upset by the way all the men acted and I must damit that I didn't really like the heroine that much either - and our hero, Frank, neither. So all in all it is a solid book with a solid story but it took me quite some time to read it because I kept putting it away. Not bad just not my cup of tea.
*I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for my honest review.*
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When we that live in other countries, like me that live in Brazil read about the Independence of the USA in 1776 we learn only about the Tea Party and George Washington, but very little of the difficult process of the separation from Britain, of the patriots that wanted to form a new nation, the British soldiers that fought to keep the Colonies under the british crown dominion and the loyalists, the americans that made their allegiance to king George. In this book I learned about the slow and difficult process of expulsing the british troops and the need of spies and privateers to circumvent the blockade of the british Navy to American ports. In the end of the Revolutionary War Charles Town and New York were the only cities still under british rule. But the citizens of these cities were under great danger of being accused of treason and killed, even the women. Under these stressful conditions, an independent minded woman, Emily vows never to marry. Why? Frightened by the deaths of her mother and twin sister after giving birth, Emily and her two friends Amy and Samantha vow never to marry, or at least, only to marry by their own volition. Already raising a baby, the son of her dead sister and taking care of her father's household and bookeeping, Emily does not think that married life has much to offer for her. But then Frank, a former suitor returns and tries to win her love. Frank is her sister's widower, married to her because his brother, the father of her sister's son died before the wedding. Emily was attracted to him, but after his marriage to her twin sister she felt that he was not really interested in her. Frank, that married his dead brother's fiancee out of a sense of honor to give his nephew the protection of his family name, was away in a voyage and returned to organize a spy ring to the patriots. But he cannot tell Emily anything about his mission. The confusing loyalties that divide the town and the troubles of young women at risk from unruly troops keep Emily a virtual prisoner of her home, and her father only allows her to leave the house in the company of Frank or the male slaves. Patiently we observe the development of the relationship between the undercover spy and the modern thinking girl. But finally Emily decides that her love for Frank surpasses her fears of motherhood. An interesting story in an era that I really knew very little. I recommend to all that want to learn more about the process of the American Revolution and the experiences of the women in the 18th century.
Emily is a young woman with a mission. Having known that her mother died in childbirth having her and her twin sister Elizabeth, she also had to watch Elizabeth die in childbirth during the birth of her own son. Not only that, but Frank, a man who considerably piqued her own love interest, was the Brother-in-law of Elizabeth, and when Elizabeth’s husband was killed in the war, stepped up as the honourable family member and married Elizabeth to claim his brother’s unborn child as his own. No wonder she began to question whether marriage and family was everything she might’ve never wanted. Emily really only wanted to be considered as an intelligent person with a worthwhile opinion, and in charge of her own destiny.
This is what that we feel as a sense of entitlement to today, this is what women like Emily fought for then. She wanted to be considered an individual in her own right, and to be appreciated for her own opinions. Sadly back then this was not to be. America was at war with Britain over independence, and women being considered such delicate creatures by men were kept ignorant of the goings on in the real world. As readers, we can rail and complain about the injustice of it all, but that’s the way things were, and if this kind of society is something to get angry about, don’t read historical romances.
Emily’s father is loyal to the American cause, and as much as he wants to keep his precious “delicately female” Emily in the dark as to his true occupation, those Americans who are loyal to the British may not be so considerate.
I did enjoy this historical, and what I would consider a sweet, romance. Regardless of previous mentions of “hardened” or “ardent” interest of Frank towards Emily, I regard Betty Bolte’s story as one that I enjoyed putting my reading time into. “Emily’s Vow” is an easy to read sweet historical romance with a bite of intrigue.
"I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for my honest review."
Electrified dialogue declares the force of opposing opinions.
Ripe with all of the apprehension which exists in times of war.
And what does one wear to observe a duel?
Nearing the end of the Revolutionary War, with varying opinions about who will be victorious, the British rule Charles Town, S.C. by martial law. Daily life is dangerous, women fear being assaulted in the streets. Women enjoy very few liberties but some are beginning to voice their opinions on those matters. Capt. Sullivan's daughter Emily considers her future and encourages her best friends to take a vow with her to remain unwed. She would prefer to be responsible for her own support and life direction.
When Emily was younger, she had felt attraction for a man, but life became very complicated when he had to marry her twin sister. Both her sister and their mother died from complications of childbirth further influencing Emily's decision not to have a family. However she finds herself responsible for raising her sister's son. She feels so unqualified.
Emily resents the restrictions placed on her, so she and her sister's husband come to an arrangement. While women do not enjoy the same privileges as men, in times of war they share in the danger of doing whatever it takes to provide for family and soldiers.
Every one must choose a side and long time friends may not choose the same side.
Every one will have secrets. Everyone has dreams.
The danger and conflicts continue until the very end on All Hallows Eve.
I did receive this book in exchange for my review.
I will be reading more by the author soon.
Emily Sullivan's greatest fear is dying in childbed as her mother and sister did before her. Raising her sister's son, Tommy, in Revolutionary Charles Town, Emily chafes against society's restrictions against women. After having her heart broken when her suitor, Frank, marries her sister to save her from bearing a child out of wedlock when the child's father and Frank's brother, Jedediah, is killed in he war, Emily decides she will never marry. Frank, however, has his heart and mind set on rekindling his romance with Emily now that he has returned from the war to find himself a widower. Will Emily warm to Frank's advances, or will she harden her heart and hold fast to her vow to remain single? Will Emily find a way to buck convention and open the boutique of her dreams as an unmarried woman? Emily's father's business interests are not all as they seem on the surface either. What secrets does he keep from Emily and the town? Will his activities unwittingly pose a threat to Emily? Can Frank keep Emily safe despite her insistence on going about unescorted?
The novel proceeds along fairly predictable lines, with Frank persistently trying to break through Emily's defenses. Complications from occupying British troops, particularly one spurned former flame of Emily's. add some intriguing plot twists that keep the story lively. This story is an entertaining, quick-read, but did not leave me rushing out to purchase the next book.