Each new book in this sweet Civil War era Historical Romance series is always a source of anticipating for me because I'm eager to know which character(s) will get their romance next. In this case it is Andrew Simmonds and Gwendolyn Butler. This one was unique in the series because for the first time the hero and heroine weren't time travelers. They are recurring characters from other stories and their story has been given a bit more page time with each new book since their introduction. This series should definitely be read in order so the main story line and all the characters make sense.
The story opens just before Christine and Stephen's wedding. Andrew is hoping that he still has a chance with Gwen since she's coming to Harrisburg for the wedding and Gwen wonders if Andrew will give her another chance since she has been pushing him away for so long. Meanwhile, an unknown villain continues to plot against their friends placing everyone in danger.
Andrew and Gwen go back and forth for a while much to the amusement of their friends and family, but finally come down to things and decide to get married. Gwen's dearest friend, Charity gets up a romance of her own with the irascible Richard. Jamie gets called back to duty sending Sophie into a dither. Two couples announce that they are expecting an interesting event soon. Not long after Andrew and Gwendolyn's wedding, the unthinkable happens.
The plot on this one was slower and gentler than the last few stories and the storyline didn't focus as much on just the romantic couple. This wasn't bad per se, but I did miss the stronger action like in Chris and Hannah's story. I wasn't as into Andrew and Gwen so that might have been part of it too. Not that I didn't like seeing them finally make a match of it and I just preferred other heroes and heroines from the past. That being said, Sophie got on my nerves in this one. Her idiotish freaks when Jamie had to do his duty or later when he wanted to help their friends and family in a bad situation just irritated me. And while I'm on the subject of irritating, that whole thing with the wives flipping out because the husbands all wanted to go rescue a family member from potential danger didn't set well with me. I do get that they don't like to be ordered around- who does, but this wasn't about ordering anyone around; it was a rescue. To childishly 'punish' the men by taking off on them in a time of danger sort of proved the men's point about their wives needing guidance. I suppose it was supposed to be playful and cute, but it just struck me as immature. What I did find cute was Andrew and Gwen on their honeymoon 'practicing' with the Kama Sutra book and naming favorite pages. I loved their playfulness as they discovered new ways to love on each other.
What annoyed me wasn't enough to ruin the story or my love for the characters and I do look forward to what comes next. Those who enjoy their romance on the sweeter side with dashing heroes and sassy heroines should definitely give this series a try.
My thanks to Tracey Jane Jackson for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review.