BY HONOR BOUND by Helen A. Roseburg is a interesting historical romance set in 1760-1793 France. It is an epic story of love,sacrifice,tragedy, sadnes...moreBY HONOR BOUND by Helen A. Roseburg is a interesting historical romance set in 1760-1793 France. It is an epic story of love,sacrifice,tragedy, sadness,secrets and devotion. It is based historical facts,fiction with a romance between Marie Antoinette's maid, Honneure Mansart,and Phillipe, Honneure's her foster brother and servant to Marie Antoinette. With France's political climate heating up, both Marie Antoinette and Honneure are in danger. Tragedy stalks both couples.When Honneure's secret surfaces that even Phillipe doesn't know she could face the guillotine just as Queen Marie Antoinette and King Louis XV did. A fight for survival with many a sacrifice including the King and Queen's children, Honneure and Phillipe must hide their own child. A fast paced, sad story that will have you with tissues at your side,as your read this epic story of love and sacrifice. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Medallion Press, the author's website, and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews(less)
Lisa Gardner, a well known crime novelist, is the author of Brandon's Bride writing as Alicia Scott. It is the third book in the "Family Secrets Trilo...moreLisa Gardner, a well known crime novelist, is the author of Brandon's Bride writing as Alicia Scott. It is the third book in the "Family Secrets Trilogy." Brandon's Bride can be read as a stand alone novel. I read it as a stand alone without realizing it was part of a trilogy until after I began it. Since I was already hooked, I continued reading and found I enjoyed it very much as a stand alone.
In the "Family Secrets Trilogy," Brandon Ferringer and his two siblings have been on a quest for several years trying to untangle events leading to their father's disappearance. In Brandon's Bride, Brandon follows a lead to a small town in Oregon and becomes a "hotshot" so he can secretly search for information about his father. While in Oregon, Brandon needs housing and rents a room at a local ranch. Brandon finds the ranch owner very attractive. The feeling is mutual for owner, Victoria. As their love affair grows, they become entangled in the mystery.
I found the plot of Brandon's Bride predictable - but not in a bad way. I feel that there is so much going on in this story with Brandon and Victoria individually, that making their love story twist and turn would have caused the plot to become so complicated, the reader would have lost enjoyment. Yes, it was predictable that two attractive people who are put together on a remote ranch would fall in love. Thus, we have the love story of Brandon and Victoria. With that being a "given," readers can focus on the individual complications each character brings to the story.
I found myself intrigued in both the danger Victoria and her family encounter from her ex-husband, and in the mystery of Brandon's father's disappearance. Both story lines move along on individual threads that become intertwined in the end. The love story between Brandon and Victoria becomes "icing on the cake" to the suspenseful mystery that climaxes as Brandon completes his quest.