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My Enemy My Heart, by Laurie Alice Eakes
War of 1812
During a voyage to America aboard the clipper, the captain’s daughter Deirdre loses her family when they are captured and treated like prisoners. Kieran regrets being tempted to move up the ladder by capturing the crew. Now he wants to make up for his wrong doings. As she struggles to save them, redemption may be her only hope.
Vendor: Waterfall Press
Publication Date: 2016
The sea is Deirdre MacKenzie’s home, and the crew of her father’s Baltimore clipper is the only family she loves. She’s happier wearing breeches and climbing the rigging of the Maid of Alexandria than donning a dress and learning to curtsy. But when the War of 1812 erupts, the ship is captured by a British privateer, leaving her father, the captain, dead. Deirdre watches her crew herded into the hold, destined for the notorious Dartmoor prison in England. Though her fate as a noncombatant is uncertain, she knows she must find a way to free her crew.
Kieran Ashford has caused his family one too many scandals. On his way to exile in America, he is waylaid by the declaration of war and a chance to turn privateer and make his own fortune. But he regrets his actions as soon as the rich prize is secured. Now his best chance at redeeming himself in the eyes of his family is to offer Deirdre the protection of his name in marriage.
But love and loyalty clash as Kieran begins to win Deirdre’s heart despite her plot to betray him. Will Kieran’s plan mend the relationship with his family, and can this fated couple find true love despite the secret lies between them?
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Love and LoyaltyJune 14, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So I have spent the last couple of days devouring author Laurie Alice Eakes newest series the Ashford Chronicles. My Enemy My Heart is the first in the series and we meet oldest son, Kieran Ashford who is trying to make his way to Georgia after being told by his father to leave England for a while due to a scandal. Unfortunately for him and for American Deirdre MacKenzie and her father's ship, The Maid of Alexandria and crew, Britain and the US have just entered the war of 1812.
Kieran sees the capture of The Maid as a way to prove to his father his worth. Not only that but he finds a bonus in the fact that Deirdre is a female in need of protection. To protect her best is to marry her. So we have a story of a marriage between an American and an Englishmen whose countries are at war. A time of spies, privateers, and cruel treatments for prisoners shows just how precarious this new married couple and the whole of the Ashford family and the times they lived in were.
Their loyalties and love were tested beyond what any thought possible and even well-kept family secrets come to light. I enjoyed watching this very inconvenient marriage grow and mature these two individuals into becoming the perfect match for each other.
Highly enjoyable and I cannot wait to read more by her. I purchased this book for my own reading pleasure.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Romance, intrigue and a hard-won happily ever afterJune 1, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm still reeling in a euphoric swashbuckling stupor. This is the kind of story fantasies are made of. An unorthodox heroine with a fierce loyalty to her crew and country. A desperate Englishman determined to win back the respect of his family. Incredible clashing wills from the high seas to the English countryside.
Kieran has to be on my top ten swoonworthy hero list. A bit brooding, a tad flirtatious, a whole lot misunderstood. Deirdre has been mostly raised by men and she just isn't lady material She's opinionated, obstinate and deviously cunning. To say fireworks commence would be an understatement. Cue the lace fans and smelling salts. Definite toe-curling scenes alert!
A scrumptious historical that ticks all the boxes. Romance, intrigue and a hard-won happily ever after.
Christa5 Stars Out Of 5A Beautiful Masterpiece!January 17, 2017ChristaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My Enemy, My Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes is a beautiful masterpiece! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book! Once you start reading, you will not be able to put it down!
Deirdre MacKenzie has lived almost her entire life on the sea. When the War of 1812 breaks out, her father Baltimore Clipper is captured by a British privateer , Kieran Ashford and his crew. She will do anything and everything in her power to free her imprisoned crew, even if that means loving the enemy. There is much depth and so much more to the story that you will definitely want to check it out yourself.
Laurie Alice Eakes brings the characters to life. The entire time you are reading it, you will be sitting on the edge of your seat anticipating what will happen next. This historical gem will have you counting down the days until the second book in the series is released!
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author and have given my honest opinion.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Captain's DaughterJanuary 7, 2017CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Imagine falling in love with the enemy during the War of 1812! My Enemy, My Heart takes place at sea and in England during that period. American, sea loving Deirdre and aristocrat Kieran are both strong characters as are the secondary characters of Kieran's parents. Deirdre is faithful to those she loves! If you like historical fiction, you will love this book. I received this exciting book from a Goodreads giveaway.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love and Loyalties TestedDecember 22, 2016MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've read over 60 books this year, but none of them captured my imagination or set my heart racing more than this historical romance by Laurie Alice Eakes. Her research is thorough, and her technical descriptions of life and danger on the Atlantic were so realistic I could almost feel the schooner's deck heaving beneath my feet and smell the tang of the salty sea air. She gives a good over-view of the War of 1812 and how it affects the loyalties of her protagonists and their families. The tensions between opposites landlubber Kieran and sea-loving Deirdre are as impossible as oil and vinegar (and just as delicious!), until they each make an ultimate gift that emulsifies their relationship.
The book cover will give you a synopsis of the story, so I won't repeat that here. What I enjoyed about this story is the tenacious love these two hard-headed young people had for their families, and how that shaped their choices. Both Kieran and Dierdre want the approval of their fathers at all costs. But one is dead and the other is distant - how will they ever be sure of the esteem they seek? - and can they live without it? Slowly, in the crucible of war, their priorities shift and romantic passions begin to turn into friendship and love. As their their loyalties are reshaped, their marriage, which was originally one of convenience, becomes the real treasure that defines them. They each make a sacrifice that erases the pain of past mutual betrayals and ensures their happiness in marriage.
This book does not emphasize the importance of faith in a life of purpose, but that is my only complaint. I love the characters and plot twists in this book, and can't wait to see what happens in the next book of this Ashford Chronicles series.