Review: No Greater Glory by Cindy Nord

No Greater Glory by Cindy Nord
Series: The Cutteridge Family (# 1)
Release Date: July 21, 2012
Publisher: Samhain
Pages: 272
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home.

Widowed plantation owner Emaline McDaniels has struggled to hold on to her late husband’s dreams. Despite the responsibilities resting on her slender shoulders, she’ll not let anyone wrest away what’s left of her way of life—particularly a Yankee officer who wants to set up winter camp on her land.

With a defiance born of desperation, she defends her home as though it were the child she never had…and no mother gives up her child without a fight.

Despite the brazen wisp of a woman pointing a gun at his head, Colonel Reece Cutteridge has his orders. Requisition Shapinsay—and its valuable livestock—for his regiment’s use, and pay her with Union vouchers. He never expected her fierce determination, then her concern for his wounded, to upend his heart—and possibly his career.

As the armies go dormant for the winter, battle lines are drawn inside the mansion. Yet just as their clash of wills shifts to forbidden passion, the tides of war sweep Reece away. And now their most desperate battle is to survive the war with their lives—and their love—intact.

Warning: This novel contains complex emotions and battlefield gallantry wrapped around the inherent risks of falling in love with one’s enemy.

 

Review:  I love historical romances.  Mix in the Civil War and I’m one happy girl.  This history geek once took a class in college that was completely about the Civil War.  So combine the two with a fabulous plot and I think we have a winner.

I’ve read my fair share of Civil War romances where the hero and heroine come from different sides of the conflict, but manage to find their happily ever after.  However, it’s the characters and how they get to that ending is what makes No Greater Glory stand out.  I was completely drawn in to the story and couldn’t put the book down.

Emaline is a widow trying to manage a plantation with a handful of freed slaves when Reece rides in to claim her home as a camp and hospital for the Union Army. From their meeting, sparks few and I had to keep turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.  Both characters are very strong, but had so much heartache and a war dividing them that I kept wondering how that happily ever after was going to come about.  Because, let’s face it.  This is a romance, we know it’s going to happen.

So many twists and turns made this story such an interesting ride.  Add in colorful characters and even some historical figures and events to spice it up and the book just gets better.  Ms Nord had me in tears through so much of the book as she touched on so many horrors of the time, but at the same time wrote such a moving romance.  It was even refreshing to read a romance that wasn’t an inspriational where anything more than kissing was left to the imagination.

All in all, this was a wonderful read and I can’t wait to revisit this family with book two, With Open Arms, which follows Reece’s sister and his second in command.

 

 

 






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