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Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on April 25, 2011
This fifth installment in the Civil War Brides series was one of the most enjoyable for me. My curiosity was roused almost from the instant that Victoria ended up in the past and was mistaken by Quincy Butler as a rebel spy. That part didn’t last long before he was blown over by the truth that the woman he stumbled upon was from the future.
Victoria Carrington was a bit at loose ends when her best friend and roommate, Hannah, had disappeared and was only the latest in a long line of disappearances that stumped the FBI. It wasn’t until she personally was sucked back in time to 1864 that she learned the whole incredible truth. First she is mistaken as a rebel spy by a dashing union officer because of her Kentucky accent and her appearance in the middle of a battlefield, but then she suddenly becomes his nurse when he is shot on said battlefield.
Victoria accompanies Quinn to DC where she is in for another shock when she sees her friend Hannah is Quinn’s older brother Christopher’s wife and expecting. The shocks are almost too much, but the biggest shock and not the most welcome in some ways is when she realizes that she has fallen hard for the handsome Union Officer, Quinn Butler. Her past when it comes to relationships both within her family and with love is littered with betrayal so confronted by her feelings, she runs.
Quincy wakes up from his surgery and the first face he wants to see isn’t present and those around him try to stonewall him. Quinn shows that he’s made of sterner stuff and chases his Rebel back to Harrisburg where she journeyed with friends and family. He sets her straight really quick about how it’s going to be. He’s not like those people in her past who walked away from her and he’ll prove it.
The plot on this one wasn’t as exciting in some ways as others, but for some reason I really enjoyed it. The amusing sideline with Victoria and her horse and the sweet romance that Quincy and Victoria experience and even the creepy stalker plotline were great. Now I do confess that Victoria’s habit of wigging out over things and losing her hair-trigger temper got irritating at times, but she eventually came around and showed proper remorse. It was funny watching the modern woman and the man of his times settle things between them. I should mention that this one didn’t get into the bad guy time travelers plotting at all. I still wonder about all that. I can’t help wondering as yet someone else disappears into the past how those FBI investigators are taking it.
As always, I really enjoyed the camaraderie of all the characters from the former books still playing a large part in the current one.
So again, this installment was another charming read and I encourage those who love sweet time travel romances to give this series a try. For full enjoyment, these should be read in order as they build on each other.
My thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.