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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lila’s Vow by Diane Wylie

Lila’s Vow by Diane Wylie
Publisher: Vintage Romance Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Full (329 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Water Lily

The quest for love, honor, and revenge leads to spying, kidnapping, and danger for Union cavalryman, Captain Jack Montgomery and his wife, Lila. Schoolteacher Lila Sutton finds her one true love when cavalryman Captain Jack Montgomery rides into Gettysburg. But receiving word of his death leads her to seek her own type of revenge. Imprisoned for a year, Jack returns to an uncertain future filled with turmoil and danger when all he wants is Lila.

Diane Wylie delivers good Civil War historical with romantic elements.

Jack Montgomery attracts Lila Sutton’s interest the moment he and his cavalry unit ride past her Gettysburg, Pennsylvania home. The battle of Gettysburg is horrendous. Jack is one of the thousands of injured soldiers brought to the town for care. Every house is overrun and residents like Lila Sutton and her mother are pressed into nursing duty. The attraction between Lila and Jack quickly grows. They marry but the war presses on, tearing them apart—at least temporarily.

Diana Wylie has a gift for taking the harsh realities of life in the Civil War and interweaving her characters into the fabric. The battle of Gettysburg, the horrors of Andersonville, the confederate submarine Hunley all become characters under Wylie’s hands. Lila and Jack’s story is compelling, but for me, as wonderful as the love story is, it almost becomes secondary to the history. The Jack’s capture and incarceration in Andersonville and Lila’s stint with the Pinkerton agency show Wylie’s grasp of the many levels of life and experience in this tumultuous time in our country. I particularly enjoyed this story’s exciting and unexpected climax.

Lila’s Vow is a standalone book that fits perfectly with Wylie’s book Jenny’s Passion. Lila and Jack’s story interweaves with Jenny and David’s, making the two books a perfect gift set. If you’re a fan of historical tales spiced with romance, Lila’s Vow is definitely worth picking up.