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Emily's Vow (A More Perfect Union Series, Book 1) by [Bolte, Betty]
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Length: 270 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"When I finished reading this book I fell in love with the story. Bolté charmed me as the reader with her vividness to tell a worthy story that is of both accurate, historical highlights and that of fictional romance.... I've always favored the Civil War era and Bolté  brought to life a time that has been forgotten in the modern world. A time of romance, of war and I couldn't have imagined anyone pulling this off other than Bolté." - The Bookish and the Romantic

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  • File Size: 2062 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (October 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O7601NY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for an honest review.

As a non-American, I found the historical background to this book interesting as it gave a fair amount of information regarding the fight for independence from Britain. Family life in a war-zone is always stressful, and this stress was clearly portrayed, as were the burgeoning feelings of women regarding their rights. Emily was born way before her time, which made it difficult for her to accept the pronouncements made by her father. Her relationship with Frank was also awkward, given that she had been in love with for years, but that he had married her sister in order to protect her when she found she was pregnant with his dead brother's child.

There were too many loose ends and the book came to an unsatisfactory end, although the author's use of language and grammar was good, which made reading easy.
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I received a copy from EBook Discovery for an honest review.

Emily is a modern thinking woman during the occupation of Charleston during the Revolutionary War. Frank, a former beau, has just returned. She now has reasons not to marry him or any other man. This is a dangerous period while some British soldiers are mistreating the town and its citizens. I had previously read Amy's Choice, the second in the series, which I preferred. There are some questions left unanswered at the end of the book about why Emily's mother and sister had died in childbirth. I thought that the ending of the book wrapped up too quickly on resolving issues between Emily and Frank. Overall, it was a good historical romance.
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Yes the men took 4 women and then beat a raped them. How nice they were whipped. But she says, "I'm a lady, they won't do that to me". Dear God some one needs to beat the stupid out of her. I'm done. Free but to stupid to finish.
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Beautifully descriptive passages paint vivid images making the reader experience the times.
Electrified dialogue declares the force of opposing opinions.
Ripe with all of the apprehension which exists in times of war.
And what does one wear to observe a duel?

Nearing the end of the Revolutionary War, with varying opinions about who will be victorious, the British rule Charles Town, S.C. by martial law. Daily life is dangerous, women fear being assaulted in the streets. Women enjoy very few liberties but some are beginning to voice their opinions on those matters. Capt. Sullivan's daughter Emily considers her future and encourages her best friends to take a vow with her to remain unwed. She would prefer to be responsible for her own support and life direction.
When Emily was younger, she had felt attraction for a man, but life became very complicated when he had to marry her twin sister. Both her sister and their mother died from complications of childbirth further influencing Emily's decision not to have a family. However she finds herself responsible for raising her sister's son. She feels so unqualified.

Emily resents the restrictions placed on her, so she and her sister's husband come to an arrangement. While women do not enjoy the same privileges as men, in times of war they share in the danger of doing whatever it takes to provide for family and soldiers.
Every one must choose a side and long time friends may not choose the same side.
Every one will have secrets. Everyone has dreams.

The danger and conflicts continue until the very end on All Hallows Eve.

I did receive this book in exchange for my review.
I will be reading more by the author soon.
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Good story, but . . . The referrals to bulging groins and erotic dreams were totally unnecessary in my humble opinion. Not e erroneous is looking for sexual gratification when reading historical romance.
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This was an enjoyable and easy to finish Historical Romance based in 1870’s America when they were at war with Britain.
Emily is a young woman with a mission. Having known that her mother died in childbirth having her and her twin sister Elizabeth, she also had to watch Elizabeth die in childbirth during the birth of her own son. Not only that, but Frank, a man who considerably piqued her own love interest, was the Brother-in-law of Elizabeth, and when Elizabeth’s husband was killed in the war, stepped up as the honourable family member and married Elizabeth to claim his brother’s unborn child as his own. No wonder she began to question whether marriage and family was everything she might’ve never wanted. Emily really only wanted to be considered as an intelligent person with a worthwhile opinion, and in charge of her own destiny.
This is what that we feel as a sense of entitlement to today, this is what women like Emily fought for then. She wanted to be considered an individual in her own right, and to be appreciated for her own opinions. Sadly back then this was not to be. America was at war with Britain over independence, and women being considered such delicate creatures by men were kept ignorant of the goings on in the real world. As readers, we can rail and complain about the injustice of it all, but that’s the way things were, and if this kind of society is something to get angry about, don’t read historical romances.
Emily’s father is loyal to the American cause, and as much as he wants to keep his precious “delicately female” Emily in the dark as to his true occupation, those Americans who are loyal to the British may not be so considerate.
I did enjoy this historical, and what I would consider a sweet, romance.
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