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Product Details

  • Series: Harwood House (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616265523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616265526
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well, this book had me on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. I don't think I relaxed until the very last page. Rose's story of being sold as a bondwoman in the new American colonies is one of fear, trial, tragedy and loss. I held my breath as they traveled through Indian lands and felt emotion with Rose as she watched her old life slipping away and her new unknown life rising before her.

I loved the characters in this book and the way their stories weave together to make a historical picture you can jump in to. The authors did a great job with this story!
(Jenilee Goodwin Reviews by Jenilee 2012-01-23)

The authors do a good job of growing Rose's affection for her bondsman, (Serena CHase USA Today's Happy Ever After Blog 2012-02-07)


“Rose’s Pledge” is a great read, filled with drama, romance, history and suspense. I recommend this book highly. I am greatly looking forward to book two in the series.
(Victor Gentile Vic's Media Room 2012-02-12)

Filled with suspense, action, and romance this book is a pleasure to read. Laity and Crawford unite together to bring the best of true historical fiction and sweet romance.

This is the first in a trilogy and I already have the second one queued up to read shortly. This will keep you up reading at night. The historical elements were, of course, my favorite part. Very well done!
(Melissa MacDonald Random Refreshing Reviews 2012-05-02)

I picked this book because I am a fan of historical fiction and was hoping for a good story. My hope was not in vain as the good story was definitely delivered upon.

If you are a fan of good writing and historical stories then this book is for you!
(Jenny Chaver Reviews by Jenny 2012-04-28)

Book Description

Forced into servitude, Rose Harwood finds herself being dragged across mountains and deep into Indian Territory. Will she live to see her sisters again? Frontiersman Nate Kinyon is enamored of this young bondswoman, so like a thorny rose. How much will he sacrifice to win her—body and soul?


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I liked the descriptive writing in this story.
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I picked this book because I am a fan of historical fiction and was hoping for a good story.
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I look forward to reading the next book in the Harwood House Series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marian Baay on March 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rose is the oldest Harwood Daughter. Her mother died when she was only 13 years of age. She became the mother figure for her younger siblings. She has sacrificed her courting years to take care of her family. Now she's an old spinster.

When her father is in debt and is threatened to go to debt prison, Rose comes up with a plan to get money to pay her father's debt. That plan included selling herself as bond servant to the colonies.
A dirty old man named Smith bought Rose to become his cook. The man is a fur trader and lives on a trading post in Indian territory. While traveling the 30 miles to that post she meets Nate, a handsome frontiersman, who wants to free her from Smith. But Smith doesn't want to sell his cook. Nate travels with Smith and Rose to the trading post and starts to have feelings for Rose.
Rose is a dedicated Christian and Nate isn't. So she's trying to guard her heart, but is attracted to him nevertheless.

It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did I really liked the story. I loved reading about the untamed wilderness, how they traveled and crossed rivers, always on guard for enemy Indians and Frenchmen. Also interesting to read was how the fur trading was done. I liked to read how Rose adapted to life in the wilderness, how she learned the fur trade and became a tough lady.

For the lover of historical fiction, especially frontiers settings, this book is a must read.

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review.*
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Iola on December 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
Rose is 25, a spinster, having spent the last twelve years taking care of her family since the death of her mother. Her father is facing financial ruin and imprisonment because of a large unpaid debt. In order to pay off the debt and save her family, Rose sells herself as an indentured servant for four years, a move which takes her to the city of Baltimore in the American Colonies. She is accompanied by her younger sisters, Mariah and Lily. As they leave England, Rose pledges to keep the family together, but when they arrive in America they are all auctioned off separately.

Rose finds herself deep in Indian country, the bondservant of a trader, Eustice Smith. On the journey to Smith's trading post, she meets Nathan Kinyon, who is attracted to her and wants to purchase her indenture. Rose is attracted to the handsome man in the fine clothes, despite his rough speech and the fact that he is not a Christian.

The story is told almost entirely from Rose's point of view, which lacks variety, particularly as I did not personally find Rose to be an especially likeable character - she constantly worried that her sisters might not be seeing to their spiritual education, yet never read the Bible herself, although she did pray. She improved as the novel progressed, and she did eventually come to see that her actions in selling herself had been rash. While Rose's Pledge ended nicely, the first half of the book dragged as Rose was constantly travelling and not much happened. Perhaps this was meant to be an allegory of life, how nothing much seems to be happening as you go through it, but when you look back a whole range of small events have influenced it.

I had a few problems with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matoaca Girl on September 24, 2012
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This book looks at Rose's experiences as an indentured servent in Colonial America; which is not explored often in current fiction. The main characters were likable and the religous storylines were not overdone or preachy.
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By LindaDamewood on May 20, 2014
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I WOULD RECOMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE. IT WAS ONE I COULDN'T PUT DOWN . IT KEPT YOU INTERESTED UP UNTO END. LOVED IT
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By Beverly Shiver on October 28, 2013
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Excellent service and good condition of book. Haven't started reading the book yet. Thank you for the service you have provided for me getting these wonderful books.
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By kb on October 22, 2013
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I've read all three books in this series and loved every one! I couldn't put it down! I enjoyed being transported back to the French Indian war period. The historical touches made me feel like I was right there and the love stories seemed to develop so naturally. Wonderful stories!
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I really enjoyed the action in this novel and you kept waiting for the Indians to attack. A person had to learn to think like the Indians to out smart them.
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By Sarah on November 17, 2012
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I loved this book (as I love most of what Diana Crawford does)! It is moving, romantic, and deeply spiritual.
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