Series: Feathers in The Wind #1
Published by Oportet Publishing on December 25, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: My own copy
A family ripped apart in a country divided by war . . .
England 1642: Hardened mercenary, Adam Coulter returns to England sickened by violence, seeking only peace, but he finds England on the brink of civil war. He has seen first hand what that will mean for every man, woman and child and wants no part of it.
King or Parliament? Neutrality is not an option and Adam can only be true to his conscience, not the dictates of his family.
Having escaped a loveless marriage, Perdita Gray has found much-needed sanctuary and the love of a good man, but her fragile world begins to crumble as Adam Coulter bursts into her life. This stranger brings not only the reality of war to her doorstep but reignites an old family feud, threatening everything and everyone she holds dear.
As the war and family tensions collide around them, Adam and Perdita are torn between old loyalties and a growing attraction that must be resisted.
Well, it has been a while, hasn’t it? Welcome to my first review post in almost a year, thanks to babies and general craziness.
I started the reading year off with one of my favourite historical romance authors, Alison Stuart, and her December 2016 release, And Then Mine Enemy. I am a total fan, and was super excited to kick off my reading renewal with this book.
People, I tell you, there is no disappointment to be had here. And Then Mine Enemy, the first book in the Feathers in The Wind series, is another utter winner from the pen of Ms. Stuart.
My thoughts on And Then Mine Enemy:
At the risk of being entirely repetitive (I say this to myself every time I read one of her books), there is something about the way in which Alison Stuart sets the stage in the opening of And Then Mine Enemy that has a real visual quality. I can just about see the scene in my mind, as clear as the words on the page describe. The battle-scarred former soldier, Adam walking towards a remote inn and into a fraught situation with his brothers, all cold, wet and weary. This set up the story beautifully and had me hooked straight away.
Perdita is another in a long line of wonderful heroines created by Ms Stuart. She’s a survivor, and shows such resilience and strength in the face of war and loss. Adam, the hero of the story, is highly principled – unable to stand by and ignore his conscience. Both have been through the ringer and I found myself hoping for them to find their peace and happiness with each other.
If you are on the hunt for a hot and heavy historical romance, you won’t find that in this book. To be honest, that’s more than OK – the beauty in the relationship between Adam and Perdita for most of the story is that their attraction is unspoken. The tension and chemistry slowly burns, but is nonetheless obvious and strong. Theirs is an emotion-charged connection, where a mere glance can tell more than a roll in the hay.
The attention to detail is evident, and the reality of the situation in which Adam and Perdita find themselves is never lessened or ignored. As it is in civil war, family and friends were on both sides of the battle – with good and bad people in each camp.
Once again, the peripheral characters (both likeable and villainous) help to create a rich and deeply fascinating story. The barely concealed disdain that seethes between Adam and his half-brother, Denzil is really well done. Perdita’s intended, Simon isn’t made out to be contemptible or milquetoast, which I loved.
Based on what was delivered in And Then Mine Enemy, I cannot wait to discover what is in store for Adam and Perdita in book two, which I believe comes out sometime towards the middle of this year.
Intriguing and intricate in equal measure, lovers of historical romance and historical fiction will surely love this tale as much as I did.