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…
The second part of the spellbinding, emotional trilogy about enduring love and heartbreaking secrets amidst the birth of America. Readers who adored My Dear Hamilton and Flight of the Sparrow will love America’s Wife.
I adore a good slice of historical fiction, and I love the way that Celeste de Blasis brings this turbulent period to life right before our eyes. The second instalment of Addie’s vividly described adventures in a country being torn apart is just as good as the first, containing just the right balance of history, scandal and a real sense of its setting in both time and place.
It is wonderful to be able to return to the same characters and immerse yourself in the next stage of Addie’s adventures as this tale unfolds. You don’t need to have have read any of Celeste’s other books to enjoy this historical epic , but it’s very likely that you’ll want to as soon as you’ve finished…
Celeste De Blasis has absolutely impeccable research skills as she spares no effort in trying to recreate Addie’s time period authentically for us and takes us to the front line along with her on her unforgettable journey. These characters become living breathing people through these pages, and because of this, it’s easy to get engrossed in their story. It is good to be in such safe hands when it comes to historical fiction and through these pages I could connect with this period in history in a very real way.
I loved the fact that these characters seem so modern at times – In many ways, Addie comes across as a girl we might be friends with now – someone who is not afraid to put her life at risk to save Silas and a woman who understands this environment and is prepared to use the knowledge she has gained in order to contribute to the cause, regardless of how conventional her approach might or might not be…
One of my favourite aspects of Celeste De Blasis’ writing is the way that she effortlessly blends her research with such strong and realistic characters and even though it is certainly not a slight book, I raced through it in record time. I absolutely loved the way that this intriguing book transports you back into this turbulent time and allows you to get to know these people and have you rooting for them as they lay their lives on te line in the name of the cause. You do not have to be a fan of this period or know it inside out to love this book and characters and you will be amazed at how much some of their thoughts and emotions will resonate with you – even though they were living breathing and loving so many centuries ago
I love doing my research after finishing a book I’ve enjoyed and if you are intrigued by this story, you could find out more about this period here. You will be able to read all about this time in America’s history as well as get a sense of how the Battle of Monmouth contributed to America’s story I loved reading about life for women during this period and it made me realise how much I didn’t know about this period in history – which is brought vividly to life on these pages and I enjoyed going down a few rabbit holes in my own research as soon as I finished reading it.
If you are intrigued and would like to read more about this fascinating period then follow the blog tour and definitely buy yourself a copy of this fascinating and beautifully researched historical read as well as the others from this series, listed below. Thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me onto the tour and transporting me to the second episode in Addie’s turbulent life…
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Writer on The Shelf
Millions of readers have fallen under the spell of the lush, enthralling and bestselling novels by Celeste De Blasis. Tales of adventure and romance set against the sweep of history—all are storytelling at its finest. After graduating from Pomona College, Celeste devoted her life to impeccable research and spellbinding writing. A native Californian, Celeste grew up on the historic Kemper Campbell Ranch in the Mojave Desert, where she lived until her death in 2001.