Monday, August 26, 2013

The Serpent's Tooth Trilogy

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Lord Esterleigh's Daughter
As a child, Anne Fairfield dreams of the father she never knew, the hero who died fighting the French and their Indian allies in a land across the sea. Her mother’s stories, and fantasies of her own devising, sustain and nurture her through a poor and lonely existence. Until one winter night, a strange man comes to call, and the life she has known comes crashing down like shattered glass.
Forced to confront sordid truths, secrets and lies, the headstrong young woman begins to learn that, like generations of women ruled by their hearts, she is destined to follow in their footsteps.
Set against the backdrop of 18th century England, Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter is the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from the rural countryside, to London society and into the center of the American Revolution.
Courting The Devil (May contain spoilers)
Four years after a near fatal blunder uproots her from her home and inheritance, Anne Darvey, daughter of the Marquess of Esterleigh, finds herself an indentured servant on a farm near Fort Edward in New York, as the British army advances toward Albany. Driven by guilt over the pain she has caused her father and grief over her lover’s death, she sets out to deliver a message. The consequences lead to the discovery that all is not as it seems, and sets in motion events that lead to love and danger.
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, Courting the Devil is the second book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from her childhood in the rural English countryside, to London society, and into the center of the American Revolution.
The Partisan's Wife (May contain spoilers)
Faced with an impossible choice, Anne Marlowe is torn between her husband’s love and the hope of her father’s forgiveness. As American forces follow up on their tide-turning victories over the British at Freeman’s Farm and Bemis Heights, Peter is drawn deeper into the shady network of espionage that could cost them both their lives.
Is his commitment to “the Cause” stronger than his hard-won love for Anne? Will her sacrifice tear them apart again...this time forever? Or will they find the peace and happiness they both seek in a new beginning?
The Partisan’s Wife follows Anne and Peter through the war torn landscape of Revolutionary War America, from the Battle of Saratoga to British-occupied New York and Philadelphia, and beyond.


****These books were part of a blog tour I was given copies of all three for my honest review****

In the 18th century young Anne has grown up believing that her father was a hero who died in battle.
She has spent her whole life dreaming about him and putting him on a pedestal as this man to be worshiped. When she is sixteen her world is turned upside down when she learns that her father wasn't a hero he isn't even dead, he left her mother when his family didn't approve of her. He is a wealthy English lord, he is ready to acknowledge Anne and have her take her place as his heir. However, she is not so eager to forgive and forget with members of the Esterleigh family plotting to keep this from being a happy reunion Anne’s new life is not ideal. In book two Anne has been kidnapped, sent to New York as an indentured servant during the Revolutionary War. The farm is a battlefield and Anne sees her chance to escape and find her lovers’ best friend. Book three is the conclusion to The Serpent Trilogy Anne is trying to find her father to make amends, the trio travels to New York with a war going on it's not it's not smooth sailing. Once in New York Anne and Peter are separated while they both try to reach their own goals. I read all three books back to back in a few sittings so I am going to review all of them at once, I really liked this trilogy. The characters were well written and while I personally hated Anne’s father, his actions were understandable for the time period. Anne grew up a little bit during each book, she had such a hard time of it that I wanted to save her, but she had a strong will and that kept her going. Peter was a good guy in the first book by the end of the third book I wasn't his biggest fan, but again because of circumstances and the time period I understand his actions. The book itself was really wonderful, sometimes with historical fiction books there is so much information and set up that at times it becomes, well more of a history lesson than a story. With this book it's not the case at all; the author focuses on the story, but weaves in bits of information so that you can see the whole picture without being overwhelmed. The book is well researched I was impressed with the amount of information the author included. I think the storyline on the last book was somewhat murkier than in the first two, somethings were a bit confusing. Overall I really enjoyed reading this trilogy, if you like historical fiction books with a good romance this series is definitely one to check out.

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