Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review & Giveaway: My Dearest Enemy by Jennifer Moore

Heidi Reads... My Dearest Enemy by Jennifer Moore

My rating: 3 stars / I liked it



Struggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren’t for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier’s injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans. Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn.

After being nursed back to health by beautiful, if reluctant, Abigail, Emmett would do anything to save the men he left behind—including forcibly enlisting Abigail’s help. Soon, Abigail finds herself caught between two countries at war. And as her attraction for Emmett grows, her conflicted heart engages in its own silent battle. But when she is accused of treason for her actions, her survival rests in the hands of the very man she once considered her enemy.

My Review

I didn't know much about the War of 1812 before I read this book, and I appreciated that it was able to show the history from perspectives of all sides- British, Canadian, and American. The plot was the main focus of the book- I felt like we were quickly introduced to the characters who quickly got the business of falling in love over with so the story could progress to more adventure and conflict. Because of that I felt like the emotions remained on the surface for me and I missed the connection and depth of feeling. The story is intense in parts with the battle and confrontations with a lieutenant with evil intentions. There are a lot of details that I enjoyed, such as Emmett and Abigail's interest in rocks and geology, Abigail's compassionate nature and skills as a doctor/healer, and the small group of soldiers that accompany them through the wilderness. Abigail's father was another favorite with his supportive and caring demeanor.

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