Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lady Emma's Campaign

Lady Emma's Campaign is Jennifer Moore's second novel and on par with her first.

Ms. Moore has again done excellent research, this time on the land of war torn Spain. Ole!

This isn't a true sequel to Becoming Lady Lockwood, for in this novel we pick up the thread of story that runs between Sydney and Emma. Emma is William's sister. Sydney is William's best friend.

Poor Emma has an uphill battle of getting Sydney to see her as a grown woman rather than the child he thinks of as a sister.

Sydney is the same as before, but altered a bit as he is suffering from PTSD. His goal is to get his ragged little band to safety before the French catch them.

Emma is a different heroine. She is naive at first as to her rescue attempt of Sydney from prison, in fact a little irritatingly so. But then, she has grown up sheltered and believes all men are honorable and keep their word. Welcome to war Emma! She learns and grows as the story unfolds, all the time being completely likable. But if it came down to choosing between her and Amelia as a partner in a dark alley, I'd pick Amelia.

Ms. Moore shows her wit at painting her characters in to corners and then presenting an expected solution to deliver them from peril.

Wonderful to have the story unfold from both Syndey's and Emma's points of view. Lots of emotion to tug on your heart strings.

Clean Regency kisses. Some violence and death, it is war after all.

As this one is in Spain, perhaps a mug of chocolate to go with it, or some really good empanadas.

She would follow him through peace and war.
London, 1811
The London Season is ushered in with a thrilling flurry of invitations, gowns, and parties. But despite her status as belle of the ball, lovely socialite Emma Drake simply cannot fathom becoming entangled with any gentleman of her acquaintance. For in truth, since childhood her heart has belonged to Captain Sidney Fletcher, a man of the sea—and her brother’s best friend. Emma knows that Sidney’s directive to free the Spanish city of Cadiz from French occupation will be dangerous, but when word arrives of his capture, she is frantic. Determined to aid her brother in Sidney’s rescue, she hides aboard his ship and sets a course to Spain. But the realities of war are a far cry from the drawing rooms of London, and Emma finds the man she loves a mere shadow of his former self. When a series of events leaves them trapped together behind enemy lines, Emma and Sidney must embark on a journey fraught with danger—from a bloody hunt for Spanish treasure to the battlefields of war-torn Spain, new threats lurk around every turn. As their flight becomes increasingly perilous, Sidney and Emma must trust each other with their lives—but can they trust the other with their heart?

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