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Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
I don't know what happened, but the author repeatedly used the word "clearly" so much, so that it showed up on nearly every page. Sometimes twice on the same page. It became annoying. I guess it wasn't edited. Other than that, a page turner, as Verity becomes entangled in the coming Revolution. I noticed years ago that with historical fiction/love stories, the heroine is always given a modern, aggressive, personality--in this case, 21st century. They never have the disposition of a woman in whatever century the story is based in. Do the author's assume they'll be boring? I don't know. But it gets tiresome. It's not believeable. Even their men allow these women to do whatever they want, since they are also 21st century men. Stlll, the book is entertaining. At the end, Selah seems to be falling for a dirt-poor preacher. Sigh. Seems to be a Banning curse for the girls to love near-penniless men. I also didn't like it that nothing was done (again) about Shubert. This is the 18th century; Gray should've stepped up in the first book and taken that guy out. Even in my grandpa's generation, if someone messed with a guys woman, they'd get killed over it. Justifyibly. But Gray is acting like a pacifist. Go figure. I suppose Shubert will get his come-uppance in the book named after Selah. Except for the part where the English officer plunges his hand down Verity's cleavage, the story is clean-cut, faith-based, and the charactors are Christians, who pray and encourage one another as they go through trying times. The background research is evident, but it wasn't till almost the very end that I figured out what "stays" are. The subject of slaves was well done, but since the main charactors reacted with 21st century sensibilities, it made me wonder how English ladies of the period would've treated them. Well, it's "clearly" a good book, and I look forward to reading how Selah will fare.