The Soldier's Lady: 4 Stories of Frontier Adventures
Published by Barbour Books
Publication Date August 1, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Minnesotta, California, Kansas, Colorado Age of Reform - US - 1800 - 1840, Civil War Era - US - 1849-1865, Reconstruction Era – US – 1863 – 1877
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Adventure and Romance Await at Frontier Forts Join four adventurous women making their home at Old West forts. Faced with daily challenges—and stubborn men—they bring civility to the frontier.
The Colonel’s Daughter by Gabrielle Meyer Minnesota, 1828—Fort Snelling Major Nathaniel Ward is tasked with guarding his commanding officer’s daughter, Ally Benson, from the amorous soldiers at Fort Snelling, but he finds the hardest person to keep in line is himself.
Frontier of Her Heart by Susanne Dietze California, 1854—Fort Humboldt All is fair in love and war, but the contest of wills between fort cook Emily Sweet and Assistant Surgeon Boyd Braxton is all about pride, not romance. . .until they must work together to stop an epidemic.
Save the Last Word for Me by Lorna Seilstad Kansas, 1864—Fort Riley Determined schoolteacher Adelina Dante believes every man, woman, and child deserves the chance to read and write, but when she approaches Colonel Isaac Scott about why he should allow his illiterate soldiers to attend special classes, she’s the one who gets educated in matters of the heart.
Forever Fort Garland by Janette Foreman Colorado, 1879—Fort Garland Annie Moreau arrives at Fort Garland to marry her soldier pen pal, Martin, but encounters two surprises—Martin has died in battle and she’s been corresponding with dashing Captain Jefferson Gray all along.
I would like to thank Barbour Books, Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I had just finished reading the Love’s Pure Light collection with a story by Susanne Dietze. I enjoyed it and quickly signed up for her newsletter and discovered this newly released collection with a story by her as well. So, of course, I grabbed a copy of The Soldier’s Lady.
The authors here were all new to me. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them through this collection and will be watching for more from them in the future. Each story was equally enjoyable. What fun to read the varied situations and locations in these sweetly romantic tales.
I enjoyed the surprise ending of The Colonel’s Daughter. I was expecting a different outcome!
The surprise in Frontier of Her Heart was the appearance of Ulysses S. Grant – as a Quartermaster! I was unfamiliar with his earlier life and this glimpse was a real treat. Of course, he was a secondary character along with a few other historical figures (that I don’t recall ever learning about!). The main story was fun as Boyd and Emily vied with one another and learned a bit more about themselves – and love.
I loved the feisty Adelina in Save the Last Word for Me, and the way she so confounded the rule-following Colonel, Issac!
And Annie’s desire to marry for love and not pity in Forever Fort Garland made Captain Jefferson’s life pretty miserable for a while. Is it terrible of me to have enjoyed that?
If you enjoy historical fiction with a touch of faith, The Soldier’s Lady is a good collection to consider.