Friday, May 28, 2021

Review: America's Wife by Celeste De Blasis

America's Wife
by Celeste De Blasis

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 524
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  1776. Addie’s world has changed beyond recognition. From her privileged position amongst Boston’s elite, she has embraced a dangerous new life with the American Revolutionary Army. While childhood sweetheart Silas risks all on the front lines, Addie waits anxiously for news. And when Silas does not return from the Battle of Monmouth, her worst fears come true.

Without thinking, Addie takes a horse and scours the now-calm battlefield for Silas, until word arrives that he has been captured by the British. And worse, by the troop of Scottish Highlanders led by the brooding general John Traverne. Addie hasn’t seen the powerfully built Loyalist soldier since she chose the Revolutionary cause over her own heart, and hearing his name sends butterflies to her stomach, even as she is filled with worry for Silas.

Disregarding her own safety, Addie leaves Washington’s camp and travels deep into enemy territory, determined to bring Silas home. But when she comes face to face with John Traverne once more, the feelings she has tried so hard to bury resurface and she must choose between the man she has pledged her life to, and the man whose dark eyes haunt her dreams. When Addie finally returns to her own camp, she carries a secret that could cost her everything she has fought for…

Kritters Thoughts:  Addie is now a married woman, but her and Silas aren't settled down and living that easy married life as they are in the middle of the Revolutionary war and they are trying to get their freedom from the crown.  

Unlike the first book, this one didn't focus so closely on Addie as much as the first and I wished it had.  While it circled around her and her siblings, there were quite a few pages without Addie and instead were focused on the war.  I don't tend to love the books where battles and war are told in detail and this one felt as thought it had quite a few pages without character development and I wanted more of that.  Every time the men came back to camp from war and were reunited with the ladies, I got excited and relished in those pages!

While I didn't love all the battles or at least all the pages devoted to the battles, I did love seeing "characters"/people from history that I knew from other books and of course from my love of the musical, Hamilton.  It was interesting meeting these people from Addie's perspective and seeing them through her eyes as she is married to a general that is close to Washington and who interacts with Lafayette, Hamilton, John Laurens and so on.    

Even after not completely enjoying this book, I am still intrigued to read book three to see where Addie's life ends up.  I am thankful that I was able to give myself a break between this book and the third and get away from this time period and these characters.   

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 62 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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