The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-
fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.
Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel’s life convince her he’s in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She’s risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?
This story was loaded with descriptions and historical details about a period of time that I really didn’t have much prior knowledge about. Jocelyn Green is really great at creating atmosphere within her novels and giving the reader a glimpse of another time and place. The reader really gets a full picture of Catherine’s character through chapters that jump back in time to show particular situations and struggles. There was a lot of hardship in Catherine’s past and it spills over into her story that is unfolding as she helps Samuel escape to freedom. Love, loss, acceptance and a reliance on God are all issues that Catherine struggles with as this story unfolds. This book had a few unexpected twists that really surprised me and it definitely did not have a predictable ending in my opinion. If you are looking for a Historical fiction novel that leans more on the serious side with hints of romance than you might want to add this one to your list!
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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.