Review: So Fair a Lady by Amber Lynn Perry
Boston, MA 1773: Shards of Eliza Campbell’s life crash to the ground when she discovers a devastating secret: her father was a spy for the Sons of Liberty. Determined to uncover the truth, not even a marriage proposal from the dashing British Officer Samuel Martin can dissuade her. When rescued from British capture by handsome patriot Thomas Watson, Eliza discovers what her father risked his life for and yearns to know more. But will her budding attraction to this courageous patriot damage her already wounded heart?
After years of being blackmailed by Officer Martin, Thomas plans to start a new life in the small town of Sandwich. However, when his actions place Eliza and her sister in danger, he must act quickly to protect them from falling into enemy hands. If the three of them are discovered, their lives will never be the same. Now, not only must he protect Eliza, he must protect his heart from a love that is sure to wound him far greater than any British soldier ever could.
There’s a love triangle. I won’t tell you which direction Eliza ends up going, but she picked the right guy.
Because the other one? Yeah. He could have been the inspiration for an episode of Criminal Minds. But as I read on I thought, “Nah. If this was modern, he could have a several episode arc.” And then, “Nope. This guy gets a full season ;).” And I really just wanted Penelope Garcia to hunt down the bad guy working her magic on the computers while Derek Morgan took him out (which, given both of their statuses as second class citizens at best, in the time period, would have been deliciously ironic).
I love this time period – the Revolutionary War. And I love that there’s more books coming. In fact, I think book 2 is on it’s way soon!
The characters are undeniably Christians, but they struggle with the same things everyone else does. Longing and desire. Betrayal and desire for revenge. The struggles are the same no matter the time period.
Rich in historical detail without being overwhelming, Ms. Perry weaves a story that draws you in and doesn’t let you go – even when you have to set it down to do things like… feed kids or the dog and, you know, sleep. [But I may have given up some of that last one… ;)]
Overall rating: 8.75 out of 10 stars