Review: New Frontier of Love by Dorothy Wiley

New Frontier of Love by Dorothy Wiley
Series: American Wilderness (# 2)
Release Date:  September 3, 2014
Publisher:  self-published
Pages: 342
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

His only fear was love. Her only fear was living without it.

NEW FRONTIER OF LOVE is the second American Wilderness Series Romance. Set in 1797 on America’s romantic frontier, this historical romance is a pulse-pounding page turner and was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Romance Quarter Finalist.

The Revolutionary War left Captain Sam Wyllie battle-hardened. His courageous but cold heart defies danger—and love. He is determined to make a fresh start in the far west, the new state of Kentucky.

Newly widowed, Catherine Adams knows she should return to her wealthy father in Boston but fears he will once again force her to marry for prestige and wealth, not love. Drawn to Sam’s keen intelligence, harsh masculinity, and rugged warrior facade, she decides the west holds a chance for real love.

But dark forces—a ruthless enemy and a secret sorrow from Sam’s past—conspire against them. Harboring her own secrets, Catherine resolves to help this brave buckskin-clad warrior lay down his heart’s armor. Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Sam refuses to risk his heart again. Catherine won’t give up, believing he could be as passionate about love as he is about his country and family.

This heart jolting romance novel blends high action, heroism, and humor with a love and passion as powerful and beautiful as the wilderness.

Dorothy Wiley’s American Wilderness Series Romances are captivating historical romance readers. Fresh and unblinkingly gritty, this deft new writer of intelligent heart-pounding romance novels, adeptly balances the hardships of the frontier with amusing, romantic, and vivid characters you will long remember.

 

Review:  Another great read by Dorothy Wiley and again set in the historical time period that I most favor – the formation of America in Colonial times and during the Westward expansion. This book begins right where the first book in the series lets off, in Kentucky in 1797, although this is Sam and Catherine’s story.  Once again we are traveling with the Wyllies and their adopted brother, Bear, as well as Kelly and Catherine.  We meet up with more men of evil as they enter Boonesborough, as far as they travel together in this story.   Frank, their dirty and obnoxious leader, and his band of buffalo hunters are filthy, smelly, nasty and insult women the way they talk indecently in front of them when the settlers are riding through where the hunters’ tent is.  Unfortunately they continue their foul ways throughout most of the story and there are several times when they meet up that problems arise, battles are fought, injuries and deaths occur and we learn how most of the townspeople have been hurt by them through deaths of loved ones, rapes and the fear they level.  There are also Indians talked of and one actual raid.  Heartbreaking at times since Kentucky is their ultimate destination and where they are all pinning their hopes for the future.

There was a lot of sadness – injuries, death, attacks, and a trial.  There was some happiness since the Wyllies will see the end of their travels coming soon but still have to get their land, build homes and start their livelihoods. It was interesting to learn of the process needed to go through in order to claim land but then ultimately own it. There was a wedding, family, friends, new friendships forged, laughter, tears, heartache, fear and a sense of loss.  The descriptions of the river, the forests, the falls, the lunar rainbow or Moonbow, the town and some of the shops and goods carried were vivid and made me feel that I was there.  Catherine is full of surprises and it’s interesting to hear her plans for the future since Sam had told her upon meeting her that her destiny lies in her own hands.  But it was also enlightening to hear of her past, her upbringing and who her dead husband was. Seeing her and Sam finally realize their love for each other was rewarding and helped soften some of the blows they had to take once reaching Kentucky.  As this book ends we know their final destination will be Cumberland Falls on the Cumberland River, south of Fort Harrod and I can’t wait to see the reactions of the others when they find out.

What a great start to this series and  I look forward to reading the next and final book, Whispering Hills of Love, William and Kelly’s story that’s been alluded to a few times.  I also look forward to reading any other books this author pens if this is her caliber of writing as shown to us in the first two books of her series.  Wouldn’t it be great though if there was a fourth book that took place in England?  Don’t want to say any more and spoil the story for others!

Favorite Quote:  With delight, he watched the women and girls, also appearing lighthearted and jaunty, talking excitedly.  A wedding had to be about the most exciting occasion the women and girls could imagine, and after a day like yesterday, it was nice for all of them to think about a joyful event.

 

joanne