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  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (July 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CC68FQ6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susanna Fraser wrote her first novel in fourth grade. It starred a family of talking horses who ruled a magical land. In high school she started, but never finished, a succession of tales of girls who were just like her, only with long, naturally curly and often unusually colored hair, who, perhaps because of the hair, had much greater success with boys than she ever did.

Along the way she read her hometown library's entire collection of Regency romance, fell in love with the works of Jane Austen, and discovered in Patrick O'Brian's and Bernard Cornwell's novels another side of the opening decades of the 19th century. When she started to write again as an adult, she knew exactly where she wanted to set her books. Her writing has come a long way from her youthful efforts, but she still gives her heroines great hair.

Susanna grew up in rural Alabama. After high school she left home for the University of Pennsylvania and has been a city girl ever since. She worked in England for a year after college, using her days off to explore history from ancient stone circles to Jane Austen's Bath.

Susanna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. When not writing or reading, she goes to baseball games, sings alto in a local choir and watches cooking competition shows. Please stop by and visit her at, get to know her on Facebook at and follow her on Twitter at @susannafraser.

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Elijah was a proud man of color that fought side-by-side with soldiers to defeat the French. His troops were respectful and accepting of his rank and stature based on his ability to lead. When one of the men under his direction is killed during battle, Elijah is the one to step up and offer the man's widow the possibility of marriage. This arrangement is acceptable to everyone, as it will keep Rose safe from the men that look to take advantage of her situation. This marriage would also give Elijah his heart's desire fulfilled with the woman he has always desired from a distance.

Knowing the danger that was ahead of her Rose marries Elijah and with her son, they become an unconventional but loving family. With the course of both of their lives altered Rose and Elijah set forth to pursue her dream of owning an inn. This new life would allow her to explore her talent for cooking. This dream meant returning to her late husband's home where the past will collide with the present she has with Elijah. The accepting is slow and at times hurtful toward the couple but day by day, each person touched with the taste of the life Elijah and Rose have built warms every closed heart.

Susanna Fraser provides every reader with a compelling and intriguing story of how the lines of love are not easily defined.
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I came into this book excited about the premise. Elijah is a black soldier in the British army of 1813. Rose was the wife of one of his fellow soldiers. But her husband died fighting over a ruby necklace that he found while looting. Before he took his last breath, he gave the jewels to Elijah, making him promise to get the rubies to his wife.

Elijah keeps his word, bringing the necklace to Rose. But between her beauty and the worth of the rubies, she will need protection from the other soldiers. She has always had high regard for Elijah, so she asks him to marry her. Elijah has always been in love with the English beauty and he can't tell her no. But he can't believe that she will ever want him as a husband in truth. So he resigns himself to serving as more of a bodyguard until he can get her back to England.

I don't really seek out interracial romance. The race of the characters doesn't really matter much to me. What attracted me to the story was the idea that Elijah loved Rose, but never believed she could love him back. And he was willing to be there for her anyway. I love it when the hero puts his heroine up on an unreachable pedestal. Indeed, that does happen here, but the dynamic only exists for a short time. Part of the reason is --doubtless-- because the story, itself, is so short. Maybe a quarter of it is set before the introduction of the relationship and another quarter is in the Epilogue... leaving us with maybe 40 pages of the romance.

The story delivered for the most part, but it felt kind of in fast forward. They were talking love in a matter of days. (*sigh*) I guess, I would have preferred more development and focus on the relationship. A pleasant read, but when it was over, I wasn't entirely satisfied.
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3 stilettos

A Dream Defiant is an interracial historical romance, the main reason I chose this book. Elijah Cameron is the son of runaway slaves, who worked his way up the command of the British Army or as far up as a black man could go at the time. He has the unique situation of being a black man with options in a time many were slaves. He came from an educated background, but went against his family's wishes and joined the military.

Rose Merrifield is the wife of one of Elijah's soldiers, who ends up dying during a looting where he fought a French soldier for a necklace for his wife. Rose is a smart and loving woman with a talent for cooking. (Ladies, you would be amazed how far this skill can help in attracting and keeping a military man. lol) Rose must take a husband for protection. She picks Elijah because she trusts him even though he is black.

This story was different from most historical romances I've read. There isn't an abundance of multicultural historicals, much less interracial. This color aspect builds in a wealth of inherent conflict within the storyline. Both Elijah and Rose are likable characters. I actually really admired Elijah's strength and integrity. He learned to thrive in a world most men of his lineage would've never had the change to even experience, fighting prejudice and knowing he would never be an equal to the white soldiers.

I hadn't realized this was a novella when I began reading. With the complexity of the storyline and relationship, I don't believe a novella did this interesting concept justice. I wanted so much more from the story.
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