What is courage, but moving forward in the face of fear? If there was nothing to be afraid of, we would have no need to be brave.
The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-
fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.
Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel’s life convince her he’s in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She’s risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?
When I received this book to review in the mail, I could not stop staring at the cover. It is stunning from the font chosen for the title, to the images woven together to create a glimpse into the story. While reading I would glance back at it as the story unfolded and I began to uncover the characters. My first thoughts while still in the first few chapters were of frustration because I could not keep up with the timeline and characters. The characters names went between their Mohawk names and their Catholic names and I couldn’t keep them straight. Also in the first few chapters the dates changed from August 1759 in the first chapter to eleven years ago in the second and kept switching back and forth. Once I got through that, the story developed beautifully and I as able to keep up.
Without divulging any spoilers, I will say this story will keep you on the edge of your seat and be prepared for a plot twist. Strong female characters abound in this story despite the time period. The main character is a young female that takes a stand, knows what she is capable of and never backs down.
It is historical fiction with Christian themes throughout. The author (Jocelyn Green) doesn’t hold back, it is not a fluffy story line. It is messy, descriptive and raw. It doesn’t cross any lines, but also paints a realistic picture of the time period.
When reading a book I am all in, I can hear, see and feel what the characters are going through. Towards the end of this book, reading the pages took my breath away. I felt angry, sad but also understanding of the twists and turns. If you are one who doesn’t like a predictable ending – this one is for you!
*Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for my copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.