Title: Le Chevalier
Author: Mary Jean Adams
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical Fiction
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About the Book:
Alexandra Turner lives in a world turned upside down. The British are preparing to invade Philadelphia. Her parents are dead from smallpox. Her twin brother, Reid, is more interested in the revolution than he is in his sister. When the Chevalier de Mont Trignon enters her life, she has no reason to trust the mysterious foreigner. She is drawn to him even as she realizes how little she knows about the elegant yet enigmatic man. Can she trust him with her life? Can she trust him with her heart? The Chevalier de Mont Trignon, in the service of the King of France, has sailed to America to gauge the Americans’ chance for freedom for himself — and to escape the boredom of the Parisian Court. Enthusiasm for the American cause reignites his passions, as does Alex Turner, a beautiful tavern owner determined to discover his true identity. Keeping her near him and keeping her safe while keeping her curiosity at bay is the truest test of his skills as a chevalier. In the dangerous world of revolutionary America, where people aren’t always who they seem to be, will the chevalier be Alex’s salvation or her ruin?
This is the third or fourth book that I have read recently that is set in Revolutionary America and features a woman that is ‘more’ than her time, or the history books would indicate. While the others were more reliant on actual historical figures, this is predominantly a story that is focused on Alexandra and her struggles to maintain the family business in a time of upheaval.
When Le Chevalier de Mont Trignon appears in the story, initially his is a mission to present information to the King of France. Accompanying Lafayette, and a skilled operative, the Turner’s Tavern, with the influx of visitors both pro and anti-revolutionary activities, provides him the perfect spot to gather information, and he can use his not inconsiderable charms and reputation with the ladies as cover, since Alexandra is there.
Smoothly written and cleverly plotted, the love story feels real and honest, even with its duplicitous beginnings, and the tension and confusion created by loyalties divided and concerns over who can be trusted all appear and fit story and actions naturally. Alexandra is clever and determined, far from the usual archetypal ideal of the time, and has a logical approach to both her situation and her confusion. Le Chevalier is far more seasoned and guarded, although the fascination with Alex and his emotional reactions to her were well crafted and interesting.
While the love story is more background to the intrigue of the Revolution and the divisions caused in families, friends and even cities, it was certainly a refreshing look at a very plausible story.
I received an eBook copy for purpose of honest review for a tour with Full Moon Bites. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Mary Jean Adams has been writing romance since she was in middle school – a fact her English teachers didn’t always appreciate. She also loves history and telling the stories behind the stories of the founding of America. Today, she lives in North Dakota with her husband and two children.