Susanna Moore can't get him out of her mind--the learned lieutenant who delivered the commission from Andrew Jackson making her father colonel of the Cherokee Regiment. But the next time she sees Lieutenant Sam Hicks, he's leading a string of prisoners into a frontier fort, and he's wearing the garb of a Cherokee scout rather than the suit of a white gentleman.
As both Susanna's father and Sam's commanding officer, Colonel Moore couldn't have made his directive to stay away from his daughter clearer to Sam. He wants a better match for Susanna--like the stuffy doctor who escorted her to Creek Territory. Then a suspected spy forces Moore to rely on Sam for military intelligence and Susanna's protection, making it impossible for either to guard their heart.
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MY THOUGHTS.....Author Denise Weimer shares an intriguing story of two star-crossed lovers who must navigate a romance around the perilous times of the War of 1812. Bent Tree Bride begins in the fall of 1813 on the Tennessee-Cherokee Nation Border, with the unexpected meeting of Susanna Moore and Sam Hicks, and their immediate connection that begs to be explored. Weimer spins a beautifully romantic tale featuring a handsome soldier who is part Cherokee Indian, and a beautiful young woman rebelling against her father's efforts to determine who she'll marry. As I followed Sam and Susanna's journey together, I felt like I was right there with them. Trying to stay alive, experiencing the sights and sounds of conflict, and fighting undeniable feelings for each other. Realizing that their two cultures might prevent them from ever having a life together.
"I cannot pretend with you, Susanna." Sam ducked his head against hers. "This love, it is almost impossible."
I am a big fan of historical fiction but I haven't read many books that deal with the War of 1812. Weimer explains in the end notes what is fact and what is fiction, and I loved reading the mentions of Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and General Jackson. These heroes help make this story come alive, along with the true account of Captain Charles HIcks, following the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. He walked among the natives and told them about Jesus and His love for all men! Hicks displayed mercy and integrity, and he took no scalps!
Bent Tree Bride is an enlightening and entertaining novel and I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction.
I received an advance copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense, mostly set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored a dozen traditionally published novels and a number of novellas. As managing editor of the historical imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.
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