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This book is a great start to the promised New Orleans themed series, I look forward to reading the continuation!
I remember walking through Jackson Sq in New Orleans and seeing his statue and the church with clear Spanish and French influence. I have more of an appreciation of that memory after reading about the battles that took place not too far from there.
Overall, a good book that I recommend! Just a heads up that you won't be seeing more than a mention of your favorite P & P characters.
The book presents a mixture of writing styles. At times, the author intercedes as “the narrator” giving us the historical background and telling us what happened. At other times, he reveals the thinking of the characters (mostly Matt and James) so we can experience the battle through their eyes.
On the American side, Maj. Matthew Darcy of Baltimore has been sent to help General Andrew Jackson defend the city. While he’s about it, he meets the daughter of a French (Acadian) plantation owner who hates the British and is none too fond of the Americans. Matt must win over Anne-Marie’s skeptical father if he is to make her his wife. Meanwhile, General Jackson must get the federal troops, the Kentucky backwoodsmen, the Creoles, the free blacks and Jean Lafitte’s Baratarian privateers to work together.
If you like rich detail in military campaigns and US history, you will enjoy this story. I must say that after a while, the passing parade of military officers’ names and the preparations for battle became a bit of a blur (I had no idea what most of the characters looked like), but I still enjoyed reading how the battle developed on both sides.
The romance, such it was, between Matt and Anne-Marie was not in the foreground for much of the book. (That neither the book description nor any other review I saw mentioned her name is telling.) This is mostly the story of a significant battle and those who played their part in it. And it held my interest.