Review: Adelaide’s War by Vivian Kees

Genre: Historical RomanceHeat Level: 1Word Count: 16, 260ISBN: 978-1-926950-55-6Editor: Stephanie TaylorCover Artist: LF DesignsAdelaide’s War by Vivian Kees
Release Date: June 1, 2011
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Pages: 53
Source: From author for review



Isolation has become Adelaide Warren’s solace. She lives far from civilization, up in the hills of West Virginia, after the end of the Civil War and the death of her husband. When Josiah Hamilton finds his way to her doorstep, nearly frozen to death one stormy winter night, she nurses him back to life.

They form a fast friendship, which soon becomes more. When Josiah professes his love for her, she refutes him. But when tragedy strikes, it’s Josiah who comes to her rescue. Now, Adelaide is forced to confront her love for him which she has both denied and hidden.

A proposal is made. Will she accept him? If she does, what does that mean for her future?


Review: Ms. Kees’ gives us Adelaide and Josiah. Each is dealing with the loss of loved ones. Adelaide has chosen to live away from town and the gossip that comes with it. Her husband James died in the war of the North and South. Rumors spread that he was a traitor. Not only does she deal with the loss of her husband but also that of her daughter Lily, whom she miscarried.

A stormy winter night brings Josiah to her doorstep. He also, is dealing with a past. He lost his wife and child in a fire that took their home. As Adelaide nurses Josiah back to health after having found him nearly frozen to death at her doorstep they form a friendship of sorts, a bond as they share a common loss of loved ones.

This is where it starts to speed up and leaves out allot of what is needed to move the story along for me. I found that although a bond was starting to form between them as they shared similar experiences; I felt that it lacked chemistry, fire, passion. It was just blah!

Ms. Kees’ tries to get the reader to connect with the characters but they were lacking something and I never felt the strong connection needed to pull me in. The story line has a great beginning and kind of dies after that as she tries to speed it along way to fast. There was no pop! , that kept me wanting to read on. I did like the beginning and the end, seeing where she was headed, but I really missed the middle of the story.


One thought on “Review: Adelaide’s War by Vivian Kees

  1. Maria D. says:

    Feeling the connection between the hero/heroine is a pivotal thing in a romance, while I love reading historical romances if the characters don’t blend into a good mix it really takes away from the book. Thanks for sharing

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