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For the Brave

(The Gentrys of Paradise #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  22 reviews
1869 - Matthew Gentry joined the Confederate Army at eighteen years of age after an argument with his father, leaving Paradise, his Virginia home and famed horse breeding stables, for the fields of Gettysburg. Having survived the War Between the States, Gentry is haunted by the violence and inhumanity of the war. He continues to roam the country long after the conflict is ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published May 14th 2017 by Holly Bush Books
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Pouting Always
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matthew Gentry left home when he was eighteen after arguing with his father and joined the army but now his father has died and he must return home. On the way home Matthew and his family's emissary get injured and are discovered by Annie Campbell who rescues them and nurses them back to health. Annie is the only one left in her family and is detested by most people in town. She waits uneasily for something to happen to her and Matthew isn't sure what she is afraid of. He tries to convince her t ...more
Matthew (Matt) Gentry left home at 18-years old, angry with his father, and promptly joined the Confederate Army. Six years later, the war is over and a disillusioned Matt has drifted aimlessly for two years through a haze of whiskey and women until he's called home. However, on the return, he and his family's emissary get caught in the aftermath of rains and a swollen river and are discovered near death by Annie Campbell. She's living alone in the outskirts of Bridgewater, Virginia, a tragic fi ...more
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May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having just finished - and thoroughly enjoyed - Into the Evermore, the prequel to For the Brave (The Gentrys of Paradise, #1), I was so anxious to get started on this book. Thankfully it did not disappoint!

Matthew Gentry’s life was saved when Annie Campbell pulled his exhausted and nearly drowned body off the riverbank behind her house. But instead of being grateful, he's surly and a less-than-pleasant patient while recovering - which the reader is able to understand...he's haunted by what he s
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the Brave is the second book from Holly Bush’s series, The Gentry’s of Paradise. I was captivated with Matthew’s story from the start. Especially, when Annie comes along and saves him. I love the suspense in addition to the romance. Which made me want to keep reading.

I give For the Brave a well deserved five stars and I hope to read the rest of The Gentry’s of Paradise series soon.

I recommend this historical romance. Great read!

I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own
Erin Krol
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Another excellent story by Holly Bush. Characters with depth, and none of life's hardships are glossed over. She writes strong women and I enjoy it.
Harlie Williams
What can I say? I love Ms. Bush. Especially the Gentry’s. I will admit, however, that I read this one after Olivia’s. Matt’s book is actually the second one in the series. Don’t worry. You don’t need to read them in order. You will not be confused at all. In fact, I’m glad that I read them out of order. It made Matt and Annie’s story that much sweeter for me. How I loved this story. In fact, this might be my favorite historical romance read of this year.

Why is that Harlie? Matt, hands down. I ju
Deanna Sletten
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
For The Brave continues the story of The Gentrys of Paradise which began with the novella, Into The Evermore. Eleanor and Beau’s son, Matthew, leaves home at age eighteen to fight in the Civil War. After what he’s experienced at Gettysburg, as well as other battles, he’s found it easier to lose himself in a bottle and by traveling anywhere except home. Until one day when an beloved employee and good friend of his family finally finds him. Tragedy has struck his family, and it is time for Matthew ...more
Joann Maggio
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the Brave ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ written by Holly Bush
(The Gentrys of Paradise #1)

I reviewed the preview novella of this series Into the Evermore and in my review I said I really like the story but I wanted more. This novel so much more. Ms Bush pulled out all the stops and has created a finely crafted beginning family sage.

Matt Gentry left home at eighteen after a argument with his father. He joined the Confederate Army and fought for the south. He left the army after four years as a mentally battle scared
Susan H Garris
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the Brave

Eleanor and Beau's youngest son Matt is coming home after dallying for year s after the civil war is over. Beau has died. On the way there's an accident and he saves his friend Ben and in turn is saved by Annie Campbell. Annie is surviving after the murders of her father and brother. In the coarse of things Matt saves Annie from the men who killed her kin and they marry. The story ends with Annie giving birth to a son they named after her brother. Great story, great series. Can't wa
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matt survives the Civil War but has to be rescued by Annie and returned to health. These two have been wounded by the times and life and find a way to the future. Get ready to be engrossed in this family tale that keeps you turning the pages and wanting more are the ending. Definitely recommend this author and series.
Ebook from Netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
Michelle Zannetti-Marsh
Love and Family

The focus of this story is about love, loyalty and the richness of family. Although set in the 1800's, the author did not overburden the book with excessive historical information . I will be very interested to read the next installment.

Very well done. Brain candy!
Lynna C. Edmondson
For The Brave

This book was so enjoyable to read. I could hardly put it down. The characters come to life as the author recounts Annie's struggle to survive. I love ed the book and look forward to reading the adventures of Olivia.
Vikki Vaught
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Musings

What a great heart felt story! I thoroughly enjoyed this emotionally charged romance with engaging characters and a fantastic plot. It even has a good bit of suspense as well. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read the next one in this series.Happy ☺reading 📚!
Maryann Ns
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As others have said this is a cut above most such books. The characters were well developed and the plot interesting and believable. I had a tiny tear at the end. That does not happen often.

Off I go to get the next book.
Glaidene Ramsey
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical Western Romance

"For the Brave" was an interesting story to read. It's about the years after the Civil War. The hero and heroine make this story . I can't tell you more without revealing the plot. Read and enjoy the book, I did!!!!!!
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read. Enjoyed this second in the series after the into Novella . I will get back to this series to find out what happens next!
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally another Western I liked!

I read some really good Westerns a few months ago and I’ve been dying to find novels that live up to this. For the Brave is my first by this author and I loved the way the characters were slowly revealed and I enjoyed the way the book showed some of life at that time.
Leona Jackson
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the brave

Epic. Such details make you feel you are in the middle of the scenes. I love Mrs. Bush stories but I think this is the best.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the Brave is the first full-length novel in Holly Bush’s The Gentrys of Paradise series. Although I read the prequel novella for the series late last year, For the Brave can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

The Unique
-Bush has a very minimalistic writing style. She gives readers just enough information to form a picture in their head. She’s found and mastered the fine line of just enough, not too much and not too little. The pages of For the Brave weren’t packed with prose and details, bu
Alex (Briennai)
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction romance novels, and this one definitely hit the spot. Matthew starts off being very irresponsible, but after his accident, he has to learn how to live normally again, outside the constant party life. This show of maturity really changed my opinion on his character. Annie has honestly been one of the strongest female characters that I have ever read about in a historical fiction novel like this one. She wasn’t looking for a husband and had been through so much in her lif ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star for the gorgeous cover. I thought I was going to read a romance? Instead I got the retelling of rape, killings, hanging of the heroines 12 year old brother, the use of the N word, just all around hatred. About 30% in when I found out about the heroines brother I DNF. Maybe the story gets better but this author lost me with all the violence mentioned.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watch out - sex on the first page!
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