- File Size: 2379 KB
- Print Length: 202 pages
- Publisher: Oportet Publishing (December 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N64EU0O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Print List Price:||$7.99|
Save $5.00 (63%)
And Then Mine Enemy: A Romantic Saga of the English Civil War (Feathers in the Wind Book 1) Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Adam Coulter returns to England at a time of unrest with the start of civil war where friends family and neighbours fight against each other for what they believe in but Adam is hardened he has led a life that has seen suffering and injustice but he as everyone choses his side and does what needs to be done.
Perdita Gray has been married widowed and now lives with distant family her marriage was loveless and her husband cruel she is now bethrothed to Simon a good man but planning their wedding with a civil war is not easy and things don't go to plan. But when Adam Coulter arrives on the doorstep she as always helps and her life is about to change.
I loved this one from start to finish the written words pull you into the story the characters are like friends and the struggles that these people had to go through back then must have been so hard but wow the strength that is shown by Perdita and Adam is amazing, the good news this is the first book in the series and I cannot wait to find out more about their lives and their love. Thank you MS Stuart for another keep love your stories.
Adam, a mercenary, returns to England, to find peace, however England is on the brink of a civil war. So that moment of peace hasn't arrived yet for him. Enters in his life, Perdita Gray, a sweet soul, in search of a man she can really love and trust. Being at war, both their worlds collide with forces! Follow their journey filled with twists and turns!
This book tells about the lives of the people during that period of time. Will Adam and Perdita finally find peace and happiness? Is there hope for these two bruised souls?
Their story continues in book 2 : Now My Sworn Friend!
Adam Coulter, a career soldier and mercenary, has returned from the continent after six years to find his country divided. He is immediately summoned to a meeting with his two half-brothers who assume that he will fight alongside them, on behalf of Charles I and is offered a commission in their regiment. From the outset, Adam, who has had enough of fighting over his years abroad, is determined not to get involved and travels on to view the small estate he hopes to purchase and settle down on. En route, he makes a detour to visit his aunt, the only person in his life to ever really care for or about him. The circumstances of his birth have always been swathed in mystery; suffice to say that he did not share the same mother as his legitimate brothers even though he was brought up in the same household, and has always been resented, especially by Denzil, the elder of his brothers. Adam left the country under a cloud after having been involved in an abortive affair with Denzil's betrothed which ended in a tragedy. The animosity between the half brothers has not diminished, especially since Denzil is now married to the lady involved in Adam's scandal. Adam's refusal to fight for the King's cause has only widened the rift with Denzil who had hoped to utilise Adam's not inconsiderable soldiering skills. Adam is an extremely likeable and attractive character, tough and fair and I was drawn to him immediately. In fact the image on the cover on this book is very true to how I imagined him - and it's nice to see a cover that reflects the story for once.
Perdita Gray suffered a degrading and abusive marriage to a much older man of her father's choosing. Now widowed, she is living with distant kin, who happens to be Adam's aunt, Joan. Perdita has just become engaged to Simon, Joan's step-son, whom Perdita likes and respects but does not love in a romantic way. Adam's arrival is a blessing for Simon, who as a farmer has had no experience of soldiering but is expected to lick a band of farm hands and labourers into shape in anticipation of them all marching off to serve their King. Adam agrees to help, although again declines an offer - this time from Simon - to join in the fight for the Royalist cause. Adam and Perdita are quietly attracted to one another although Perdita's respect and affection for Simon keep this attraction very much under wraps. And Adam likes Simon too much to disrespect his hospitality. Having said that, this is an historical romance with the emphasis being very much on the history; readers looking for multiple passionate encounters might be disappointed, but I liked that the author places the history - serious as it is - above all else. Still, the attraction is there, though quietly simmering. At first, Perdita seems cool and unapproachable, and she did not endear herself to me in the way that Adam did, although perhaps that can be accounted for by the suffering she endured in the past.
As the story evolves and Adam becomes involved in the country's civil war despite his misgivings, he bucks the trend of his family, and joins the Parliamentarians. I must say that Adam's capitulation is rather unexpected; suddenly he is explaining that he always believed the King was in the wrong and that he has accepted a commission in the Parliamentarian forces. Yet not long before this, he was adamant he was not getting involved and was on his way to buy his small estate.
I am a very recent convert to this period of history, so cannot say with any real certainty whether Ms. Stuart has her facts right. But as far as I can tell she seems to know what she's talking about and I found it easy to follow and understand the sequence of events as she relays them. One thing she does well is to highlight the horror of civil war; she's made no attempt to glamorise it and the fact that families often fought on opposing sides and met in battle was a terrifying reality. The way each side had to deal with the casualties within their own troops too was really quite horrifying and Ms. Stuart used Perdita on more than one occasion to show how dying and wounded soldiers (from both sides of the war and often lying side by side) had to be treated by civilians, dragged off battle fields with field hospitals set up in barns; it's all brought home with rather horrifying clarity.
As the story proceeds and Perdita and Adam cross each other's paths frequently, their attraction deepens into something more intense and more lasting and they have to learn to hide their feelings. However, I did not feel truly invested in that growing love and felt that something was missing, some spark or chemistry between the couple. I couldn't help wondering if perhaps Alison Stuart was so intent on getting the historical facts straight and the sequence of events correct that she did not develop the romance as well as she could have. But in any case, it wasn't enough to put me off and I shall certainly read the next in this series. I'd love to see more of Adam and Perdita and how they cope as a couple who began their life together on opposing sides of this terrible conflict.
Adam is everything you would expect of a hero. He is a soldier and leader whose respected by his men and adored by women. He is kind and compassionate but fierce on the battlefield! Perdita is a woman ahead of her time. She is trained as an apothecary and serves as a nurse to many of the injured during the war. She is sweet and feminine but capable and strong at the same time. Sadly, Perdita has yet to find love and passion until she meets Adam Coulter. However, she is already engaged to a friend who is an adoring and gentle man. Will Adam and Perdita ever have their time together or will a marriage to Simon and the ravages of war keep them apart forever?
My only complaint was the ending felt abrupt. This book is part of a series but I wanted a little more "happy" and closure at the conclusion.. Thankfully, I was able to read the first chapter of the next book which served as an epilogue to me. Despite the ending, this book is excellently written. The characters are complex with integrity and strength of character that is a joy to read. I can’t wait for the next book to see if Adam and Purdita’s love can withstand the continuation of a brutal war.
Most recent customer reviews
"... a very entertaining read, set in a fascinating period that Stuart creates naturally and...Read more
By Alison Stuart
This historical romance takes place back in 1642 during a time of...Read more
A historical saga centered around the start of the English Civil War and the turmoil and unrest that become of the country throughout.Read more