Release Date: Nov 28, 2017
Series: The Loyal League
Heat Level: Sensual
Marlie Lynch uses her knowledge of medicine and science from her former enslaved mother to help the soldiers in the war. She has grown up more privileged than most due to her living with her white relatives but that doesn’t stop her from fighting the battle of slavery. She strikes a deep friendship with Ewan McCall that changes her life forever.
Ewan just escaped a prison camp and finds refugee at Marlie’s medicine room in her house. Under normal circumstances this would be suitable but Marlie’s other relatives arrives and they challenged Marlie’s position in the house. As tension arise, Marlie and Ewan decides to make a run to ensure their safety and freedom.
I had such high hopes for this one. To be fair, I started off comparing it to the first book in the series, An Extraordinary Union. I realized my mistake immediately as I started to delve further into the book. This book is completely different in the emotional aspect of storytelling.
The writing is still superb. I must admit that Ms. Cole has a true talent for historical fiction. She incorporates perfect imagery of the south at a time when it was truly rough for a woman like Marlie to display her independence. I love reading about our nation’s history. The work is well researched. However, the lack of romance left me wanting more. Marlie and Ewan didn’t hold the same chemistry in my opinion as Malcolm and Elle.
The relationship Marlie has with her family became somewhat of a focal point for me. Marlie goes to live with her half siblings at the tender age of ten. Her mother felt it would give her more than what she could ever give her. Despite the fact that Marlie grew up with her half brother and sister, she was still struggling with her place in the family and her traditions and herbal knowledge from her birth mother. There is an argument in the book amongst the family members when Marlie realizes just how everyone views her. It was the catalyst for to make peace with running off with Ewan.
I’m still invested in this series and I look forward to the next book. Overall, this addition might be more tailored towards fans of historical fiction.