Read the first two chapters of Beverley Eikli's The Reluctant Bride for free!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Author (and knitter) Beverley Eikli shares with us the first two chapters of her latest novel.
Author Beverley Eikli, who shares her story Knitting up the Skeleton Coast in our October issue, now shares with us the first two chapters of her latest novel, The Reluctant Bride.
Can honour and action banish the shadows of old sins? Emily Micklen has no option after the death of her loving fiance, Jack, but to marry the scarred, taciturn, soldier who represents her only escape from destitution. Major Angus McCartney is tormented by the reproachful slate-grey eyes of two strikingly similar women: Jessamine, his dead mistress, and Emily, the unobtainable beauty who is now his reluctant bride. Emily's loyalty to Jack's memory is matched only by Angus's determination to atone for the past and win his wife with honour and action. As Napoleon cuts a swathe across Europe, Angus is sent to France on a mission of national security, forcing Emily to confront both her allegiance to Jack and her traitorous half-French family. Angus and Emily may find love, but will the secrets they uncover divide them forever?
Set during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, this is not a period we know very much about but we love a good historical romance and by the sounds of things, secrets, spies, traitors and intrigue against a backdrop of Europe in conflict should provide a healthy dose of historical understanding of those times. Having read the first two chapters we are intrigued at the unfortunate but fiercely proud Emily and honourable Captain McCartney and the circumstances that bring them together. We're looking forward to reading the rest!
You can read the first two chapters of The Reluctant Bride here.