Margaret Daley has successfully filled her debut historical with the emotion, suspense, and action her fans have come to love and expect. The 1816 inspirational romance begins with a dramatic situation and doesn't let up as the tension builds toward a climatic end.
As a Canadian, I was particularly interested in the way Daley handled the War of 1812 and whether it would stir patriotism to such an extent as to colour the effect of the story itself.
I needn't have worried. Daley is a professional - an expert at the writing craft. Her English heroine, Rachel Gordon and hero, Nathan Stuart each carried a full arsenal of internal conflict and used them with equal effectiveness. The result is a book which can be read in the romantic and inspirational spirit it was written without the reader worrying about choosing sides.
After choosing love over family, Englishwoman Rachel Gordon was banished from the ancestral home. In a new land with nothing save for a maid, her baby and what she carries in a cart, newly widowed Rachel faces her own shortcomings. Raised in the nobility without a thought to where her food came from, Rachel must now provide nourishment for three. She has her husband's gun for protection, but not the skills to fire it. And the hazards of the new land include creatures she never imagined she'd encounter, never mind have to defend herself against. Oh, for the safety of an English manor.
Doctor Nathan Stuart is still suffering the effects of the war, both from the men he was unable to save as well as those whose lives he was forced to take before they took his. Yet he can't help feeling remorse for breaking the Hippocratic oath. What good is a man if he can't stand on his word? Flowing on Nathan's internal conflict is the demoralizing relationship with his grandfather - a man whose hatred of anything English overrides everything.
With a cast like this, readers who love Daley's novels for what she puts in them will take away a satisfaction of knowing another time hurdle has been breached.
Look out history - Margaret Daley has you in her sights.
The riveting human drama in â€˜From This Day Forward' held me captive from the first page. The story starts off like a clap of thunder, spooking the heroine's horse and throwing her into premature labor. From the start my emotions were engaged as newly widowed Rachel Gordon from England arrives in Charleston. Alone, with little money, a young maid, and now a baby daughter, Rachel needs help to start over in this new landâ€”a land that only recently fought a war to gain independence from her homeland, England.
Nathan Stuart, the doctor who finds Rachel on that stormy night brings her child safely into the world, setting up a tender love story. It's just the book I love to readâ€”one that has layers of relationships, love growing between new friends, the orphans that mysteriously show up on Rachel's life become important to her, and of course the growing romance between Rachel and Nathan.
This book has enough twists and turns in it to satisfy those who love a good romantic suspense. I highly recommend it.
Margaret Daley is well known for her suspense novels through Love Inspired, so it is not by accident that her first historical novel would likewise be a ride of suspense and intrigue throughout. She does not disappoint as the reader is led on a series of events through the eyes of both the heroine, Rachel, and the reluctant but oftentimes heroic doctor Nathan Stuart. While they struggle through events that seem to pepper them constantly (and at a more rapid clip that nearly begs for some time to allow the reader to catch a breath), they also struggle with themselves. This is the author's first venture into historical writing, and despite the few modern phrases , she has entered it at a fast gallop that will leave you hanging on for dear life until the end.