To say that this was a serendipitous find is an understatement. The author somehow accidentally found my humble, yet edifying review blog and liked what she saw, contacted me and the rest is history. To say that I enjoyed the heck out of this book is also an understatement. The characters are wonderfully crafted (including a couple of the horses)…the story is gripping…the settings are such that you feel like you are there but the best part is watching the relationship between Captain Hollie Babbitt, a cantankerous s.o.b. and his new aide Luce Pettitt, the nephew of the Earl of Essex. Luce, naive and in over his head, finds himself thrown immediately into situations he is not seemingly cut out for and that is the meat of the story…can he survive not only battle against the King’s forces but also against this seemingly unchangeable cavalry commander. All in all, a well researched and well written account of the early stages of the Civil War and there is more to come and that is a good thing. 5 stars.
About the author:
When not attempting to redeem the reputation of the Army of Parliament, she lives in Cornwall with her husband and son, three cats, and a toad under the back doorstep.
There is little more to divulge, other than – “I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else. ”
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