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Solemn Contract

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Connecticut, 1720: In an attempt to give his family financial security, school master Jem Bradley hires himself out as an indentured servant - and thus begins an odyssey which will take him to the small settlement of Kennet and a burgeoning friendship with enigmatic blacksmith Will Middleton. Trouble is never far away, however, and when Jem is accused of committing a blood ...more
ebook, 218 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Manifold Press
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Very lovely story. I loved the connection between Jem and Will, and their developing relationship was done convincingly. No jumping into bed here; the men admitted to their feelings over time, and this was important as far as I was concerned because Will had never considered a relationship with a man before, while Jem had always known his preference.
I loved that (view spoiler). The lack of emphasis o
Elisa Rolle
In 1720 Connecticut was still consider a land of discoveries, and Jem, his sister and her husband landed there from England searching for a new start. For Jem, a school teacher, is not exactly what he would have imagined: to help his brother-in-law, he signed a 5 years Indenture contract as farm hand. This is probably the point that more reminded me the old historical romances I was used to read, the use of this incipit for a love story was pretty common, only that, most of the time, it was a yo ...more
Wild Thistle

Set in colonial American, Solemn Contract is a beautifully written story about a young man who becomes an indentured servant to save his sister's family from mounting debts. You will love Jem. As a scholar, he sees everything as a learning opportunity and never grumbles about the hard labour he is forced to endure. Many people are drawn to Jem, but some don't have good intentions and Jem soon finds himself accused of murder and unnatural acts.

The relationship between Jem and Will is a slow burn

Heidi Cullinan
This book is sweet and charming. Set in early American history, it's not your usual m/m setting, which makes it all the more fun because the period feels accurate, as do the characters. The plot is not complex, but neither is it overly grim or unnecessarily harsh. Classic melodrama which a deft hand for keeping the same melodrama in check. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this and recommend it happily.
Solemn Contract is an exquisite gem of a novel which may just be my favourite book of the year. Admittedly, when I first read the blurb for this book, I dismissed it, thinking it wasn't for me, however I'm so glad I gave it a chance.

The book is set in Connecticut in 1720 and opens with Jem learning the true extent of his brother-in-law's mounting debts and his sister's fears her husband will end up in prison. Morgan Cheshire manages to pack a lot of information in the opening chapter and the cha

I love the unusual historical setting, the subtle writing and the slow-developing love story. Brilliant novel!

"Looking across at Will, a wave of love and pride swept through Jem. What he wanted was to touch and be close to him, to know what those firm lips felt like in a kiss - which was something, he thought darkly, that Kirsty from the tavern probably knew. This jealous and ugly thought brought him crashing back to earth; he had earned Will's friendship and trust and that should be enough for
Nice historical love story. Slow but even pacing, likeable characters, good story. More like 3.5 stars - and again my 3.5 are many other people's 4.5 but I need to leave room at the top :-).
R.A. Padmos
Solemn contract is a charming story, rich in historical details, told in an understated manner by an author who obviously knows what she's doing.

Warmly recommended.
Michael Joseph
My review of this book can be read at Speak Its Name.
4.5 Stars...Absolutely lovely book!
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A resident of the north-west of England, Morgan Cheshire has had a lifelong interest in botany and ecology and has lately developed a taste for genealogy too – and rapidly discovered a colorful family history to explore! She is also a patch-worker and quilter, a gardener when time permits, and the enthusiastic grandmother of four boys and two girls. She has been creating and sharing fiction for mo ...more
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