Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mischief and Magnolias by Marie Patrick

It’s the middle of the Civil War in 1863 Natchez, Mississippi where Union Army Major Remington Harte has declared the home and steamboats of Shaelyn Cavanaugh as the new base for he and his men. Shaelyn has already given up so much for the war, including her brother and fiance whose whereabouts are still unknown, so sacrificing the beloved property Shae and her mother Brenna have worked so hard to maintain is the last straw.

The spunky Shae’s devious actions to rattle Harte only make him find her all the more endearing, and she eventually gives into the lust that has plagued her since Harte’s arrival.

When one of their steamers is attacked costing the lives of many of their men, Quartermaster Vince Davenport suspects Shae might be behind it, especially since no one else knew of their mission. Harte doesn’t want believe the doubts Davenport has now planted in his head, but has Shae been duping him all along in effort to sabotage the Union Army’s efforts?

Patrick (A Treasure Worth Keeping) infuses her story with a cunning female protagonist who will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves. Plenty of intrigue, romance and a unforeseen plot twist near the end will captivate the audience of this spirited tale; enthusiastically recommended.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, March 21, 2014

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