In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died.
Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father’s place as scrivener. Before long, it’s clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own—some of which have to do with her father’s sudden death. Can she ever truly love him?
I’ve had his book on my wishlist for a bit until I decided to try it as I love history an a good historical story. I was enthralled with this story and characters so much that I read into the wee hours just devouring it. I loved all the characters especially Cass, Roxie, Bella, an even little Abby. I loved how everyone was referring to Roxie as ‘the colonel’s lady’ due to that everyone knew that Cass had a sweet spot for her.
He turned back to her. “And may I have the pleasure of the first dance, Miss Rowan?” She gave him a slightly wide-eyed stare, while his eyes narrowed and crinkled at the corners, full of mischief. Mercy . . . he does work quite a spell.
“Promise me, Roxie,” he said again. The way he said her name—low and slow and sweet—was like nothing she’d ever heard. She could feel his eyes on her in such a way it was as if he was tracing the oval of her face with his fingers. And all her halfhearted talk of leaving turned to ashes. “I promise.”
A ripple of amusement passed through the gathering. Cass held out his hand and Roxanna held her breath. Would he even charm a mute child? Pensive, Abby studied him before extending her own small hand. He took it, and the music began again, but not before he’d stood her little feet atop his polished boots. Around and around he danced with her, holding on to her hands, her feet firmly planted atop his own.
“That man is in love with you, Roxanna Rowan. Why don’t you see it?”
My three favorite scenes of this book are – when Roxie went back to her cabin due to that she didn’t want to dance because of her lame leg, Cass sought her out to dance alone with her in her cabin; when both of them become ill and he left his bed to tend and hold her; an after Cass won during their board game, he kissed her as his prize for winning. Throughout the whole book I kept wondering will it sway the way I wanted it to go and let’s say I am extremely happy with how it turned out – such a great happy ending. A clean well worth read with a few interesting twists and turns.
“No need to get uppity now. There’s just all kinds of talk swirlin’ since Colonel McLinn abandoned his men at maneuvers and come to yo’ cabin like he did. You know what folks are startin’ to call you, don’t you?” She darted a sly look her way. “ ‘The Colonel’s Lady.”
He sat down on the bed and gathered her up in his arms as if she were a child. Like Abby, she thought woozily. Like Papa had with her so long ago. Weak, she succumbed to the heady scent of him, gave in to the unfamiliar feel of his arms and solidness of his chest as he cradled her.
“If I win, you must abstain from all spirits for at least a fortnight. Not a drop.” “Not a drop,” he echoed, eyes warm with amused light. “And if I win?” She gave a little shrug and set down her cup. “Ask for whatever you wish.” He grew thoughtful, all levity gone. “’Tis customary in Ireland for a man to take his pick of any woman present and kiss her as his prize.”
I think the location was a bit interesting to me, but perhaps so due to that I live within close proximity to where this book was based. I will definitely check out more books penned by Laura.