- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4673 KB
- Print Length: 508 pages
- Publisher: Wynchlands Publishing; 2 edition (30 May 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0711LTZB1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An Unconventional Officer: A story of love and war in Wellington’s army (The Peninsular War Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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But this book is no boring account of warfare, for the tension, jealousy, romance and passion of the main characters make it a real page turner. There’s a sprinkling of Bernard Cornwall’s Sharpe stories, the eroticism of an Outlander book and a totally original take on the role of women in this isolated community so distant from life at home in England. In addition, there are terrifying incidents of danger and violence which keep you on the edge of your seat.
Paul Van Daan is an irresistible, irritating hero, who doesn’t obey the conventions or stick to military rules, but he has survived two and a half years in Nelson’s navy and his strict but fair way of treating the men of the 110th Light company keeps their loyalty and determination. Though Paul finds it difficult to resist an attractive woman, he always treats them with respect and within this novel, he finds in his loyal wife, Rowena and in the forthright, stunning Anne, reason to live and to fight for justice. The situation the trio find themselves in, is absurd and cannot have a happy outcome and yet they remain steadfast to each other. It a very unusual plot but it works in a time when men lived by their wits and good and evil were more pronounced.
I loved this novel for its historical accuracy and its imaginative storyline. Highly recommended.
The central conflict revolves around a love story, but it's far from your traditional romance, for a number of reasons. Equally, it's far more huamn than some other Napoleonic War fiction; if you're reading this for the battles, you'll find them there (and very well described), but they frame rather than form the storyline. The story itself is interesting and well-written; the characters are utterly three-dimensional. I pretty much devoured this one in two short sittings, and was up far too late at night to finish it. (Have some handkerchieves ready when you do, by the way.)
glad I read it and will read it's sequel. Thank you for an enjoyable read.