Title: Rose’s Pledge
Author: Dianna Crawford, Sally Laity
Publisher: Barbour Books
Series: Harwood House
Published: January 1, 2012
Rose Harwood’s father is in trouble. He’s in so much debt that debtor’s prison is something that he’s currently facing. When the police show up at their door step looking to take away her father, Rose does what any loyal daughter would do, she sells everything that’ll fit into her little pony cart. along with her pony and cart, she even sells herself as an indentured servant for the people in the Americas.
As she goes on an adventure that’ll alter her life forever, she meets several unsavory characters as well as some friendly, kind people, including Nate Kinyon a ruff and gruff frontiersman who shows her a little kindness on her trip to the unknown. As she traverses the American frontier, she has to worry about her sisters, also indentured servants, Indian attacks, as well as what awaits her in her new home.
Nate Kinyon, doesn’t know why he’s so smitten with the Englishwoman but there’s something drawing him in, but it certainly isn’t her incredible faith. with a promise to get her out of her contract, he heads off to find a fortune. When he returns, things change forever and he can see a future between him and Rose, if only her faith and his lack of it didn’t get in the way.
Will this couple be able to traverse the dangers ahead of them or will they crumble? Will Nate come to God or will he lose Rose instead?
Having never read a book by either of these authors I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I really wanted to read a bok set in the 18th century. What these authors gave me was a suspense action romance combo that kept me entertained until the very last page. In fact, I don’t think I ever really relaxed until the epilogue. It was the perfect combo in my opinion. I got my historical romance fix as well as some action that I didn’t even know that I wanted.
Also, from what I can tell, the authors’ account of pre-Revolutionary War America is accurate and is believable with details that make the story come alive. The vivid descriptions of scenery and characters make everything so much more real. I was captivated from the first page.
The romance in this book isn’t a very passionate one, however, it’s a unique one that isn’t easily forgotten. The romance was actually nice despite the lack of physical intimacy. And by that I mean hand holding/brushing, kissing, hugging, etc. There is some of it but mostly hugging and that’s mostly it. However, despite that, the romance was so well written and articulated that I didn’t notice the lack of romantic gestures.
The suspense in this book is another fantastic facet to this great book. For one, it was totally unexpected and a great surprise. It keeps the reader on their toes for the whole book. There’s always some sort of threat of danger and you can’t help but wonder how they will escape this danger. I can’t believe how well it was incorporated into this storyline.
These authors are fantastic together and I absolutely can’t wait to see what else they cook up together and alone. These authors just made it into my favorites list and will likely stay there due to the detail and time they put into each story. I’m super excited to read the next two books in this series.
Overall, an absolutely fantastic book. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves romance or suspense and it’s perfect for teens and adults. I give this book a five out of five.
I received this complimentary galley from NetGalley and Barbour Books. All opinions expressed are my own.