I am so blessed to be meeting so many new authors lately. Each one is talented, and I’m glad the storylines are a little different so they are not necessarily competing with each other! Today I am pleased to introduce to you April Gardner. This historical author captured my attention immediately when I started reading Drawn by the Frost Moon. And I have to say, sometimes I don’t like jumping into a series without reading it from the start, but I did not feel like I was missing anything by starting with this book (it’s book four by the way). I will say this however….you can rest assured I will be checking the other installments now! I’ll just erase this book from my memory, and read it again once I’ve read the first three 😉
About the Book
A man of abiding honor, tested by a woman of ruinous passion. A woman of unspeakable sins, pursued by a God of unquenchable mercy.
Spanish Florida once sheltered Lillian McGirth from her fears. Now, it feeds them. Mercy is for the deserving; for Lillian, an unwed mother accused of treason, there is only battering and defeat, but her fall breaks softly in the arms of an unexpected arrival, a man too beautiful of soul to stain with her lost character.
Captain Marcus Buck sails in on a pledge to save Miss McGirth from herself and from her child’s father, a ruthless don. All the while, he’s to regard her as virtuous and worthy of protection and to guard said virtue from pilfering. But the terms are flawed since he must first guard her from himself. Regardless, he is determined. He will free her, repair her name—simple labor compared to dodging the army’s noose, mending wounds three years deep, and navigating a host of rebel Natives bent on inflicting more.
Through the steady crumble of his pledge, their friendship becomes a consolation, for she knows his pain as no other can or will. Their scars are one; their paths, however, might irrevocably become two…
I’m not even sure where to begin. I was simply captivated by this story. From the moment I started to the moment I read the last page I was in my “reading trance”. The world around me didn’t seem to matter. What did matter was Lillian McGirth and Captain Marcus Buck. I loved their story, their interactions, their relationship, and pretty much everything about them. Reading this book was one of those “Oh, duh” moments for me. As in why didn’t I know about this author before?
Reader friends, please do not be scared that this is book four in the series. I really felt it was good as a stand alone. There were introductions in the beginning so you knew who everyone was. I did not feel lost at all! That being said, I feel that April deserves us supporting her and her writing, so let’s all agree to start at the beginning!
This book was everything I was hoping for and more. At times it left me grasping for more, my impatient side wanting to skip ahead to see how the story turns out. But in taking my time and reading the actual journey, I found it much more intense and enjoyable. The author is well versed in the time period and did a wonderful job in weaving the proper dialogue, reactions, emotions, and story elements properly into the book. I look forward to reading more by this author!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
April loves to hear from her readers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a peek at the covers of her books!!
Aren’t they lovely? I sure do hope you’ll take a peek at this fantastic author. If you’re already familiar with April, please share with us what you like about her books!