Friday, February 1, 2013

First Chapter Review: Love and War by Patricia Hagan



I downloaded a free copy of the historical romance, Love and War by Patricia Hagan, in September. It is set in the south during the American Civil War.

BLURB:  A tale of sizzling passion in a world consumed by the Civil War.

Beautiful and spirited Southerner Kitty Wright is torn between Rebel Nathan Collins and Yankee Travis Coltrane, the dashing Cavalry officer who can melt her heart with desire while sending fury coursing through her veins.

As war erupts, Kitty is abducted and ravished by a war-crazed Rebel. Rescued by Yankees, she is held captive and thrust into the battlefields to help tend the wounded. But from the first moment Travis Coltrane ignites—and satiates—the wild, raw desire in her that she never knew existed, she realizes her heart is imprisoned as well as her body.

Hating Travis for his Yankee loyalty, while loving him despite their different worlds, Kitty struggles with her guilt over Nathan, the Rebel to whom she is promised…all while struggling to survive as the world explodes around them all.

Warning: This sweeping Civil War saga features accurate and graphic descriptions of battlefield wounds, nursing, and the brutality of war.

COVER: It's a beautiful cover depicting the main characters and the setting. The red and white in various places is a nice contrast.

FIRST CHAPTER: With her father off hunting, Kitty Wright races down to the barn to help the old cow with a difficult birth, much to her mother's disapproval. Their home is one filled with conflict, as her father has freed the few slaves they have and her mother refuses to accept their financial straits.

Nathan Collins, the son of a local plantation owner, arrives while Kitty is in the barn. Her mother is horrified. He has come to ask Kitty to a party at his parents' home. But will she accept? The guest of honor will be a Radical who is in favor of secession, and that's something Kitty and her father cannot support.

KEEP READING: I'm definitely intrigued, but the grammar is a bit loose for my taste and there is something about the plot that is nagging at me. Hagan has captured the sentiments of the era well and adds a lot of great description, which definitely draws the reader in. That's not enough, however, to carry a story along. I'll have to give this another couple of chapters to make a final decision.


File Size: 859 KB
Print Length: 544 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (December 13, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B006H9B75K

I downloaded a free copy of this book to my Kindle. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

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