June 5, 2013
I’m Hosting Kathy Fischer-Brown’s The Serpent’s Tooth Trilogy Today – Giveaway!
Today I'm hosting Kathy Fischer-Brown and reviewing the first book in her The Serpent's Tooth Trilogy - Lord Esterleigh's Daughter. Kathy is hosting a giveaway during her blog tour, so follow the link below to enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card!
As a child, Anne Fairfield dreams of the father she never knew, the hero who died fighting the French and their Indian allies in a land across the sea. Her mother’s stories, and fantasies of her own devising, sustain and nurture her through a poor and lonely existence. Until one winter night, a strange man comes to call, and the life she has known comes crashing down like shattered glass.
Forced to confront sordid truths, secrets and lies, the headstrong young woman begins to learn that, like generations of women ruled by their hearts, she is destined to follow in their footsteps.
Set against the backdrop of 18th century England, Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter is the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from the rural countryside, to London society and into the center of the American Revolution.
Courting the Devil
Four years after a near fatal blunder uproots her from her home and inheritance, Anne Darvey, daughter of the Marquess of Esterleigh, finds herself an indentured servant on a farm near Fort Edward in New York, as the British army advances toward Albany. Driven by guilt over the pain she has caused her father and grief over her lover’s death, she sets out to deliver a message. The consequences lead to the discovery that all is not as it seems, and sets in motion events that lead to love and danger.
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, Courting the Devil is the second book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from her childhood in the rural English countryside, to London society, and into the center of the American Revolution.
Faced with an impossible choice, Anne Marlowe is torn between her husband’s love and the hope of her father’s forgiveness. As American forces follow up on their tide-turning victories over the British at Freeman’s Farm and Bemis Heights, Peter is drawn deeper into the shady network of espionage that could cost them both their lives.
Is his commitment to “the Cause” stronger than his hard-won love for Anne? Will her sacrifice tear them apart again...this time forever? Or will they find the peace and happiness they both seek in a new beginning?
The Partisan’s Wife follows Anne and Peter through the war torn landscape of Revolutionary War America, from the Battle of Saratoga to British-occupied New York and Philadelphia, and beyond.
Here's an Excerpt from Lord Esterleigh's Daughter
“What’s that over there?” She indicated a tangle of vines growing around what appeared to be a small stone house of sorts at the edge of the clearing. Over time, thick knots of leafy runners sprouted from its very masonry, climbing and twisting, spreading and widening their hold until the little structure had taken on a look as wild and natural as the glade itself.
Peter glanced over at the ruin and shrugged. “Oh that? It’s nothing…used to be a hunting lodge, I think, but nobody’s used it since before I can recall…as well you can see!” Again he gestured to his coat. “Now let’s have a look at that ankle. If not for your own sake, then for mine.” He pulled a clean handkerchief from one of the side pockets of his breeches.
“You’re not still blaming yourself, are you?” The thought made her cheeks burn with embarrassment.
He laughed softly. “I was thinking of Hetty. She’d have my head if she thought me such a cad as to allow a girl with an injured foot to go hobbling about the countryside. You will cooperate now, won’t you?”
She nodded. Although he exaggerated about Hetty, she dreaded the thought of his reputation suffering on her account. As he knelt before her, a wave of warmth gushed over her senses, filling her with a renewed onslaught of confusion. Fighting it off, she asked in a tremulous voice, “Do you come here often?” Even as the heat rose in her cheeks, he seemed unaware of her discomfort.
“Often enough. Many times I’ve sat here…right here, where we are now, as still as can be, without breathing, and the birds and squirrels came so close, they could have eaten from my hand…. Pardon me, but I must….” He raised the hem of her skirt and slipped the shoe from her injured foot.
Lord Esterleigh's Daughter is an accessible, fast-paced historical romance with elements of suspense and danger. I liked the heroine immediately and definitely wanted to know where the story was heading. I found the minor characters in the story to be as intriguing as the more central ones, and found myself curious to learn all of their fates.
A winding, gothic story, Lord Esterleigh's Daughter has all the twisted familial relationships, dark secrets, and murderous plots you could want in such a story. The heroine, Anne, must constantly learn who she can trust and who she must avoid at all costs. Her adversaries block her way at every turn, and just when she finds love, it is wrenched away from her again.
I was only able to read the first of the three novels, but the ending certainly makes me want to read the second as soon as possible!
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