> Boston, MA 1773: Shards of Eliza Campbell’s life crash to the ground when she discovers a devastating secret: her father was a spy for the Sons of Liberty. Determined to uncover the truth–at any cost–not even a marriage proposal from the dashing British Officer Samuel Martin can dissuade her. When rescued from British capture by handsome patriot Thomas Watson, Eliza discovers what her father risked his life for and yearns to know more. But will her budding attraction to this courageous patriot damage her already wounded heart?
After years of being blackmailed by Officer Martin, Thomas plans to start a new life in the small town of Sandwich. However, when his actions place Eliza and her sister in danger, he must act quickly to protect them from falling into enemy hands. If the three of them are discovered, their lives will never be the same. Now, not only must he protect Eliza, he must protect his heart from a love that is sure to wound him far greater than any British soldier ever could.
I think So Fair a Lady was an excellent debut novel for Amber Lynn Perry. I know I can only speak for myself but I can not wait to see what’s entailed for Kitty and Nathaniel in the up coming sequel. I really loved Thomas and Nathaniel – they were down right hilarious especially when Nathaniel kept ribbing Thomas into admitting his feelings for Eliza. And let’s just say Samuel was an interesting character – a bit demented and hell bent on getting his way. I would describe him as a man that does not like being told no or not getting his way. My favorite two scenes was the squirrel fiasco in the cave and the part where Eliza, Thomas, and Nathaniel acted out a part of Shakespeare.
I don’t know if some would consider this a Christian read or not since there is a bit of religion in it, but in my opinion I wouldn’t really label it as one. But it is a clean read – no intimate or sexual scenes other than your normal average kissing scene between Thomas and Eliza.
He pleaded with his eyes. “I know a soldier’s life isn’t always suitable for one’s spouse, but if you will have me, I promise to give you every possible happiness and fill every need.”
“Tis no secret how much I care for you. With your Father now gone, you and Kitty will need the care and influence of a man and I am willing—I want to take care of you for the rest of my days, Eliza. Please let me.” He paused and took another breath. “I want you to be my wife. I love you.”
“I love you, Eliza. That’s all that matters. Besides, you can’t take care of Kitty by yourself. I can take that responsibility. Please let me.”
He would have Eliza for his own, no matter the cost. She belonged to him.
“And I also know God led you to me, of that I have no doubt. I believe he meant for us to be together. For you to be my wife and love me forever the way I love you.”
Samuel launched from his place on the thin mattress and grabbed Donaldson around the neck. “Let it go?!” Samuel pushed him onto the bed and gripped harder as Donaldson choked for air. “Never! Eliza is mine!”
“I have done nothing but search for you all these many weeks. I’ve worried day and night over you. I love you. You’re to be my wife! Will you not kiss me back?” He shook her by the shoulders. “What’s happened to you? What has Thomas done to you?” His eyes searched her face then grew wide and flashed with venom. “Has he defiled you? I’ll kill him! Is that why you push me away? You think I won’t have you? It doesn’t make any difference to me, I’ll love you just the same—”
“Samuel, I love Thomas and I am staying with him. I will be his wife! I’ll not go anywhere with you!” Samuel’s face turned to stone. “Yes. You. Will.”
After flying into his greatcoat, Thomas rushed across town and slammed his fist on Nathaniel’s door, refusing to stop pounding until it opened. Nathaniel came to the door fully clothed, and yanked his hat from the peg. “I thought it might be you.” Thomas didn’t wait a second before speaking. “We’re going to save Eliza.” Pulling his dark cloak over his shoulder, a broad smile painted Nathaniel’s face. “Well. It’s about time.”
“When we are man and wife you will do as I say. You will never speak of this again!” Samuel came forward and loomed over her, his thick breath clouding the air in front of her face. “When you are mine, you will obey me.” “I will not be your wife. I refuse to marry a man who is dishonest.”
“She still loves, me. I know it. She has been brainwashed. Once we are married, and I have a chance to show her the full measure of my affection, when I can clear her mind of Thomas, then she will remember how she loved me.”
But, more than a few times she’d pushed away the memory of his dark blue eyes, straight nose, and angled jaw. His midnight black hair and the broad set of his shoulders weakened her knees. She tried to forget how his smile and the gentle cleft in his chin gave her goose flesh all the way to her toes. The sound of his voice, like melted honey, swam over and over in her mind.
He started to speak quiet, but his volume rose to a fierce thunder. “That man took my future bride and I want her back!”
“Oh no. Please go on. You have me exceedingly curious now.” Eliza jerked her head toward Thomas. Disbelief took possession of her. He grinned back and gave her a playful wink, as if he were enjoying this all too well.”