Amid the dangers of the Civil War, Valerie Fontaine longs to know she is loved and safe. Her father, however, is cold and withdrawn. And their Christian houseguest, the photographer Benjamin McCabe, seems arrogant and judgmental. When Valerie commits her own life to Christ she finds herself drawn to Ben. But her father, against her wishes, is prepared to sell her into a loveless marriage with someone else. Will Valerie be forced to abandon her newfound love? Or will she and Ben, against the backdrop of this country's most ruthless war, become in their own way, unwilling warriors?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar has been writing stories and poems since she was a little girl and has published articles and devotionals as well as 31 novels and novellas. In addition to her writing, Andrea is a certified Christian life coach and speaks at writers' conferences and for women's groups. She has taught workshops at such conferences as: Write-To-Publish; American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW); Oregon Christian Writers Conference; Mount Hermon Writers Conference and many local writers conferences. Another of Andrea's accomplishments is co-founder of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization. For many years she served on both its Advisory Board and as its CEO.
An Unwilling Warrior
Paperback: 291 pages
Publisher: Word Alive; 1 edition (May 2010)
Unwilling Warrior is book one in the "Seasons of Redemption" series. This historical romance is set amidst the ravages of the Civil War, and it captured my interest from the beginning. Valerie is devastated after her mother passed away, and she moves home from finishing school against her father's wishes.
Her father acts distant towards Valerie, and seems to have an agenda of his own that Valerie doesn't agree with. In his grief over losing his wife, he has started drinking excessively, and is gone from the house most of the time. Valerie has no idea what he is involved in, but it doesn't feel right.
Ben is a wartime photographer who arrives to stay at the home of Valerie and her father, and almost immediately all of their lives are in the midst of turmoil. In financial difficulty, her father arranges a marriage for Valerie with someone that she despises. Her father is arrested, Ben's brother is missing in action, Valerie's heart is broken, and Valerie's own security and future is threatened.
It was interesting to read of the dynamics between Valerie, her father, and the other men in Valerie's life. At times it seems that the only constant in Valerie's life is her faith in God.
If you are a lover of historical romance, you won't be disappointed in "Unwilling Warrior". I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series called Uncertain Heart, which will be released next month.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Unwilling Warrior from Strang Communications in exchange for my honest review.