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But in the end, what resonated the most with me was the depth of her characters and her portrayal of how both post Civil War Northerners and Southerners were far from being healed. The very touching opening scene with General Lee surrendering to General Grant at Appomattox as his soldiers choked on their own mixed emotions; the ghosts of family killed forever present in people’s hearts and minds, and how a feisty northern woman (with the help of her little brother) lead a physically and emotionally wounded southern captain down the path of ultimate trust and happiness all made for a very engaging read. Recommended, indeed!
Something of a history buff, I was mostly drawn to this novel by the blurb that began with the American Civil War. From the first chapter, I was captivated by Ms. Farrelly’s wordsmith skills, as well as the verisimilitude and historical accuracy she brought to the narratives and dialogue about the War, the soldiers and their language. As the story moved into a more traditional western/romance storyline – single woman in danger of losing her ranch to the unscrupulous owner of a larger, neighboring ranch – I worried that I’d become bored with a plot that I instantly remembered from the past. I knew immediately where the story was headed and how it would end.
My misgivings were misplaced and I remained captivated by superb characterization and narrative. I was pleasantly surprised to see that sex in this genre, and even most romance novels, has moved forward from a chaste kiss where everything else was relegated to the furthest, darkest corner of off-stage, to several full-blown scenes of real human passion. These scenes were nowhere near pornographic or offensive, and certainly less graphic than what one can find on the movie screens today; yet, the author didn’t beat around the bush, either. At the end, Ms Farrelly delivered a twist to the plot that was unexpected, shocking and utterly real. I turned off my e-reader, completely satisfied and convinced that Ms. Farrelly is a far more romantic and entertaining writer than Louis L’Amour, with his cookie-cutter westerns, ever was.
I highly recommend Terms of Surrender to all readers of westerns, romance and 19th century American history. I would add that anyone who loves a great story, well written, will find this tale thoroughly entertaining.
The plot follows the very real struggle of former Confederate Captain Michael Cantrell. As with many post-Civil War veterans, he’s unsure what to do with himself in a nation ripped apart by a war that left behind broken homes.
Michael ends up in Wind River Basin, Wyoming, where he suffers a severe gunshot wound while coming to the aid of a young woman, Annie Devlin, and her younger brother, Robbie. The siblings are running their small horse farm on their own while trying to keep their land from people with less than kind intentions. What plays out in the remaining pages of the book is a love story over the course of a year and a half. As he is nursed to health, Michael and Annie fall in love.
From the first page, Farrelly draws on the genuine emotions experienced during the era. The authentic dialogue spoken in choked whispers from the characters tug at your heartstrings and hooks you for the rest of the story.
Farrelly devises a narrative that illustrates the heartbreak of a man who pledges his life to a cause that was lost; he was a soul who had witnessed a lifetime of war and death. However, despite the tragedy, the story provides the hope that most veterans lose in trying to re-acclimate a peaceful life; the hope of finding your soulmate. Love becomes the anecdote to heal Michael’s battered heart. No matter how wild the West may be, love will lasso it again and again.
This author brings back to life an era that is long gone. "Terms of Surrender" is a brilliant historical Western romance with a healing love that is much needed in the aftermath of the destructive Civil War.
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It was a wonderful story it kept your interest and the love story was great