Welcome to the Blog Tour for Bent Tree Bride by Denise Weimer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
About the BookBent Tree Bride
Author Denise Weimer
Published by Iron Stream Media
on April 13, 2021
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Endorsed by best selling frontier romance authors Laura Frantz, Shannon McNear, and Michelle Griep, Bent Tree Bride provides it all for readers--swoon-worthy romance, intrigue, and the struggle for honor as the excitement of the frontier collides with a forbidden romance. One man fights to prove his inner warrior and scholar can co-exist while one woman struggles to guard her heart.
Susanna Moore can't get him out of her mind-the learned lieutenant who delivered the commission from Andrew Jackson making her father colonel of the Cherokee Regiment. But the next time she sees Lieutenant Sam Hicks, he's leading a string of prisoners into a frontier fort, and he's wearing the garb of a Cherokee scout rather than the suit of a white gentleman.
As both Susanna's father and Sam's commanding officer, Colonel Moore couldn't have made his directive to stay away from his daughter clearer to Sam. He wants a better match for Susanna-like the stuffy doctor who escorted her to Creek Territory. Then a suspected spy forces Moore to rely on Sam for military intelligence and Susanna's protection, making it impossible for either to guard their heart.
Bent Tree Bride takes readers through such a dark time in history, and Weimer delicately deals with some of the more brutal parts of the war. She was able to provide insight into what was going on during the time period (War of 1812) without making me get squeamish. It was still hard to read – not because of Weimer’s ability to write, simply because of the cruelty of that time period. She does note this in the book blurb (at least on Goodreads she does), and I appreciate that because then I know going in.
Weimer does a good job in balancing the war and romance. I will say that some of the war parts were a little slow moving for me. It was kind of a mix between slow scenes and action scenes, sporadically weaved throughout the book. And while I did not want to have a lot of brutal scenes, obviously, I found myself glazing over some of that a bit more. However, when Susanna and Sam were on the scene, my interest certainly piqued! Now, this could be because I wasn’t in the mood for a war book at the moment. Or maybe I was just looking for the romance thread. All this to say, just because I glazed, doesn’t mean you will glaze!
Susanna and Sam were just a great couple with several obstacles in their way. I was curious how Weimer was going to play their love story out, with Susanna’s father already trying to have her wed the doc. Their attraction was certainly obvious to me from the very beginning, and I enjoyed their stolen glances throughout the book. But what really hit it home for me was when they were forced together because of certain circumstance (sorry don’t want to spoil!), and just had to really rely on each other. Hello swoony kiss!! And really from that moment on, I couldn’t wait for them to convince Susanna’s father that no matter what Sam’s background was, what was important was that he was an upstanding man who was a good mate for his daughter.
Historical fiction fans who enjoy romance mixed with battles scenes will enjoy this new release from Weimer. And make sure you read past the end. Weimer has included some fantastic author notes that really put parts of the book into perspective and make you want to do a little more research on what happened during that time. A history lesson I thoroughly enjoyed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Denise Weimer writes historical and contemporary romance and romantic suspense mostly set in her home state of Georgia. She’s authored a dozen traditionally published novels and a number of novellas. As a managing editor at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she also helps others reach their publishing dreams. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses.
(1) winner will receive a print copy of Bent Tree Bride and related story, The Witness Tree (2019), a pair of silver feather earrings, and a $20 Amazon gift card! (retail value $60)
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