Saturday 16 May 2020

#BlogTour Along Came a Soldier by Brenda Davies

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour Along Came a Soldier by Brenda Davies.
About the Author
Brenda Davies can trace her Cornish heritage back to the 17th century. She loves to indulge her passion of history and all things Cornish by delving into the past and bringing it alive for the reader to experience, which inspired her to write her debut novel Along Came a Soldier. She enjoys whiskey, chocolate, going to the theatre, and losing herself in a good book. She resides in Bristol, England, where she is currently working on her next novel.

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About the book
When murder stalks St. Merryn, no secrets are safe…A forbidden romance…
Set in 1820 Cornwall, Charity Perrow lives a sheltered life in the village of St. Merryn. When she meets and falls for Jethro Ennor, they soon learn their families are bitter enemies, and Charity finds herself torn between remaining loyal to her family and giving into her growing desire for a man they hate.

A village with hidden secrets…
A battle-scarred redcoat is lurking In Greenoak Woods. Struggling to keep his grip on sanity, he’s come home to settle the score with those responsible for the heavy burden he’s been carrying all these years.

An innocent man accused…
When a villager is murdered, the suspicion falls on Jethro. Now Charity must risk everything, including being disowned by her family, to prove his innocence and save him from the gallows.
But as Charity hunts for the truth, she begins to uncover secrets over a decade old—secrets that will change everything.

Charity lives a comfortable life in St Merryn, well I say comfortable but the truth is ends are hard to meet. The only thing that mars her life is the family that caused the death of one of her loved ones. She despises them until she meets Jethro, which throws her whole way of thinking into disarray.

Watching Charity from the forest is a stranger, someone driven by fever and hallucinations. A man returned from the horrors of war - he is a shell of his former self. A damaged man, a soldier. The question is whether the damage Henry has incurred is mainly related to the trauma of battle. Have the many years of violence, despair and unthinkable sights and conditions brought him to the point of desperation and insanity. Or is it more than that?

It's historical crime and romance fiction.

It felt rushed and a little disjointed at times, and the characters could do with more depth. Aside from that it's a promising premise. The to and fro romance of the star-crossed lovers of warring families takes second place to the story of the man in the woods though. Perhaps because his past, as we presume to know it, suggests a lonely crazed man.

The story was violent and quite gory at times. I admit I was bit distracted by the whole finger thing at the beginning and couldn't stop thinking about the logistics of it, and that's without how gruesome the actual scene was. It's a very fast-paced story of murder and a forbidden love.

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