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- File Size: 743 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (21 Mar. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HWKNJE4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,074,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Set in America during the civil war the action begins immediately, and from the very first sentence I was hooked.
Corporal Sean MacBranian is injured and left to die amongst hundreds of victims from both sides of the war. He hasn't been in America long enough to lose any of his accent, and although in time he might be expected to lose it, right now it is still strong. He has a shameful secret that he makes him feel unworthy, but he hopes that by fighting the fight for the Union, and especially to help free slaves, that he can earn some respect back in his own mind. He didn't expect to be on his deathbed quite so soon. Thankfully he is discovered by a grey Irish Wolfhound, whose owner isn't far behind.
Ashlinn is officially a nurse in the army, but acts more as a doctor thanks to learning all she knows form her father. He was a fore-thinking man, and in a time when doctors thought more of the speed of treatment rather than the cleanliness of hands, surgical instruments etc; those lucky enough to be treated by her tended not to lose limbs or their lives. She too has her demons, one of which is the feeling that she has that her youngest brother, missing at war, might actually be a deserter. She hopes she is wrong, and she constantly searches longer than anybody else amongst the dead or injured on battlefields with the hope of finding her brother, and finding him alive. If it weren't for spending the extra time on the field this time, and if not for her faithful wolfhound, she wouldn't have come across Sean.Read more ›
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Ashlinn is unlike any other nurse or doctors Sean has ever met. She is bold and brave, like an experienced soldier. She also has her own medical methods, inspired by her parents, and is convinced of the importance of sterilization to save lives. Her methods are usually frowned upon by most doctors, but she stands up for what she believes in. Her main focus is on saving soldier’s lifes.
Sean is a man of strong convictions. He wants the end of slavery and is willing to fight for it. Sean and Ashlinn know that they should keep their distance, they can’t be distracted by matters of the heart. But their growing mutual feelings and attraction can’t be denied. Sean wants to live and build a common future with Ashlinn, but he has to fight for honor’s sake and for the sake of his men.
Overall, I enjoyed this story, the pace was a bit slow at times, though. The author also introduced a final twist I wasn’t really keen on. I was happy to see Ashlinn and Sean get their well-deserved HEA! 3.5 Stars
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.
I really enjoyed this book, Ashlinn and Sean are truly likeable leads and their story was a curious mix of joy and heartbreak.
Ashlinn is a nurse in the Union army, she followed her three brothers to war and has lost two to injuries and one has gone missing. After each battle, she scans the fields for him and this is how she found Sean.
Sean is a soldier in the Union army, he has been left for dead on the battlefield and awakens to find an "angel" caring for him as well as her mammoth Irish wolfhound Cliste. Ashlinn manages to save Sean's life.
This book is set in the south during the American Civil war and the author does a wonderful job of portraying not only the horrors of war, but also the friendships and bonds that are formed. I felt like the progression of the relationship between Ashlinn and Sean was very believable and extremely well paced. The sexual tension between these two is off the charts. However, when the love scene finally materializes, it is vague and (at least for this reader) anticlimactic.
The blurb for this book is misleading - I kept waiting for the letters between these two to be intercepted and some horrific event to transpire - but it never happened - there were definitely horrific events, but nothing related to intercepted letters. In fact unless I missed something, no letters were ever intercepted. **END SPOILER**
If you are looking for something historical that doesn't include the "ton" and you aren't looking for a steamy read - this is the book for you.
I highly recommend this book and will be looking for more in this series!