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Friday, May 13, 2011

Miss Peterson and the Colonel by Fenella J. Miller

Miss Peterson and the Colonel by Fenella J. Miller
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Genre: historical
Length: Full Length (154 pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Lavender

Lydia Peterson is content to run her stud farm and remain single, the last thing she wants is an autocratic brother-in-law interfering with her life even if he is the most attractive man she is ever met. Colonel Simon Wescott, on leave from the Peninsular War, believes that a wife has no place in a soldier's life until he comes into contact with his infuriating, headstrong sister-in-law.

However when a series of dramatic events throw them together and both their lives are endangered they are forced to reconsider their first impressions.

Will Simon be able to compromise his duty to put King and country first in order to save Lydia's life? Can she give up her independence and become a soldier's wife?

Miss Peterson and the Colonel by Fenella J. Miller is a delightful little story. Set in the early nineteenth century, it’s historically accurate and rich in details of the era. Miss Peterson and the Colonel are two characters that are complex and fun to read about, and their story unfolds at a quick pace.

At first, the two don’t get along. She’s independent, and he’s a soldier, one used to command, but there are sparks between them. The development of the plot is handled well and becomes an excellent platform for the way the characters’ feelings for each other grow.

A dash of espionage, treason, and political suspense is thrown in, escalating the stakes. The characters are in real danger of perishing. There is more than one exciting scene where they face villains. Romance is the main theme here, but there other interesting things are presented as well. Questions arise such as loyalty to one’s country and what one would do when faced with difficult decisions.

The main characters go through personal growth, and this shows in the charming and satisfying ending. Suspense is created. Differences seem too great to be reconcilable. Sacrifices are made in the name of love. The secondary characters add interest to the story to just the right degree. This story has the right amounts of each of the elements that make for a wonderful story. Everything from style to plot to flow blends expertly to create a tale worth reading and characters sure to be remembered.