Thursday, April 24, 2014

Patriot's Heart by Penelope Marzec


She'll risk everything to save him...

Agnes, a blacksmith, runs the forge while her father fights in the Continental Army. The morning after the Battle of Monmouth, she discovers a wounded British soldier in her barn. Despite the risk, she vows to heal him as she believes a good Samaritan should. Edwin, third son of the Duke of Dalfour, was supposed to become a barrister. He opted to run away and join the army. Shot on a mission to deliver the general’s message, he wakes in Agnes’s barn unaware of how he got there and missing his horse. If he is caught, he could be hung, but Loyalists are also searching for British deserters. If anyone discovers he is the son of the Duke, he is doomed. Agnes tells everyone Edwin is her mother’s cousin, but she soon finds herself falling in love with him. When Loyalists kidnap her sister, Edwin vows to bring the child back from the British held camp. Can Agnes trust him? Or is he using her sister as an excuse to return to his company? Will Agnes ever see her sister again? And will Edwin break her heart?


My Review:

            Agnes McGowan steps in to run the forge her father operates while he and her uncle serve in The Continental Army. Squelching her own fears when she finds a wounded British soldier in her barn, she believes it is her duty to heal him.
            The soldier, Edwin, has run from a domineering father in England and a family where he feels like he’ll never measure up to their demanding standards. Edwin doesn't tell Agnes he’s the son of a Duke.

            Agnes passes Edwin off as her cousin as her own mother who died when Agnes was younger had come from England. As Edwin heals, harrowing events happen as the war rages. Edwin, Agnes and her entire family find themselves in danger, he as a harbored soldier and she as a traitor.  When Agnes’ precocious sister, Margaret, disappears along with the family pet pig, Jonas, Agnes vows to search for her. Edwin takes her up river to Sandy Hook and sees this as his chance to get back to his military services or even go home to the life he ran from.

            Has hoped been dashed for the newly kindled love they both realize they've developed while their world is unsettled by war and oppression?

           Penelope Marzec presents and exciting read and a well-painted look back into our history. There are definite page turning sections as well as an emotionally wrenching look at the fear and confusion that must have been felt during this tumultuous time.


More about Penelope Marzec:  http://penelopemarzec.weebly.com/

10 comments:

Suzanne said...

Nice review, Vicki. Sounds like a great read.

Gay Lewis said...

I loved this book. It has history, romance, and humor...three of my favorite things in a book. Good job.

Heather Lindsey said...

Great review. I will put it on my TBR listfor sure.

Penelope Marzec said...

Vicki,

Thanks so much for posting this and for the great review. :-)

Carlene Havel said...

Sounds like a great read - beautiful cover, too!

Sharon McGregor said...

Sounds terrific. I'll definitely put it on my "to read" list.

Bonnie McCune said...

History holds so many possibilities for fictional interpretations. People and events come to life and the reader relates to what occurred. This book captures all the positives of that approach.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Sounds like a great book!

nancy bolton said...

I really enjoyed Penelope's story. She did a wonderful job of portraying the unsettled times and high emotions the characters were compelled to navigate. A lovely read!

Victoria Pitts-Caine said...

Thanks for all the great responses. Penelope's book is indeed a good one especially if you're into Historical romance.