An Enduring Love by Wareeze Woodson. This is a great historical romance. I love Wareeze Woodson and she has turned me into a historical romance lover! This is the story of Rebecca and Rhys who are married and the story follows their relationship. Rebecca is very supportive and loves her husband but Rhys is not so kind to her. Rhys leaves town to go be with his father on his death bed. Rebecca fully supports her husband going to his father but while he is away he believes Rebecca is dead. Rebecca and their son leave to go to London and find Rhys and when they do find him they are shocked he’s about to be married to someone else! Will the war win and will Rhys go ahead and marry his new love? Will Rebecca be broken hearted forever? Read An Enduring Love to find out!
The Singer and Her Song (Empire at Twilight Book 2) by N.L. Holmes is definitely a 5 star book. This author has once again taken historical fiction and combined it with intense character details, and it is amazing. Much like the first installment of the Empire at Twilight Series, The Lightning Horse, I found myself immersed in the lives of Uqnitum, a singer from the kingdom of Mitanni, and her family. When she loses part of her family when the Assyrians attack, she and her daughter must set out on a journey that will test their wills and characters. I love the fact that the author is an actual archaeologist! It’s an amazing thing when someone who is well-educated in the history they are writing about can mingle the past with the modern to create wonderfully relatable characters. Despite taking place so far in the past, the characters display facets of the human condition that transcends time and touches on those details that we all have experienced during one time or another. I highly recommend reading what this author has to offer, if you haven’t yet.
I found this book to be another beautiful work of this amazing author I have come to adore so very much. The story alone was captivating and kept me interested in the sense I wanted to know what would happen next for the characters. I will admit freely, there was some down falls to the one character Rhys for me, but that alone is a personal opinion and does not reflect on my love and enjoyment for this book!
The story follows the love story of Rhys and Rebecca. A married couple. But to me they seemed at times on different levels of one another. Rebecca seemed to me anyway very supportive of her love and anything he was to under go. Rhys on the other hand (again personal opinion) was someone who needed more compassion for his wife and let alone make her feel more than just an object in the room. He at the beginning of the book before events happened and a departure for family events happened…he could have easily been more of a caring husband, and perhaps a more genuine human being,
Life happens and Rhys is called away on duty to see his father. Of course, as I knew right away, Rebecca, would easily agree to his dutiful need to go. From then on though, a lot of things happen and not in a good way. They are separated. In Rebecca’s mind I truly believe she never expected things to go the way they did! But, this made her a more determined character and someone quite strong willed. Truly a character you want to root for and see them succeed. Chaos and and war truly go hand in hand. And the years count on and Rhys has come to a conclusion that Rebecca is no longer with him. While Rebecca is unknown to these assumptions
Over the time Rebecca is working her hardest to get to her husband. She loved him truly and she truly was defining all odds, and she had the heart full of wants and love for Rhys. No matter my personal opinion, he held her heart dear. As I read, I truly felt all the pain and the emotions she felt. Everything she was going through, would it all be for naught? Their future was truly unknown? But, she truly believed he would be waiting there for her with open arms.
At long last, Rebecca has found her love Rhys….but sadly the timing she does I felt was the most heartbreaking moment of her entire life. He was announcing his marriage to be with another woman he had fallen in love with over the course of believing she had been dead. I felt her pain and shock. I felt so much for Rebecca. She had gone thorough so much an to come back to this? I can not even imagine what was going through her heart, it was as if she was holding a vase, in slow motion it began to fall at the news and truly felt like all the love and hope she held dear was shattering between her finger tips.
But as I read on…its a true fact you endure for what and who you love. You put your best forward to overcome any obstacles because in the end, love is and always be worth it. In truth even though it was not a instant moment of realization, Rhys comes to see this. He fell in love with another woman yes and was preparing a marriage to her. But in all that one person, you love with all your heart, that makes you feel whole, and gives you the reason to get up every day, to strive to be the best you can be, for him…it most certainly was Rebecca.
Love truly can define all odds you just have to test the grounds of what you are willing to do to achieve it. And never give up, not even for a second.
Wareeze Woodson is an amazing dedicated author to work. Every book she writes, I entail a adventure of emotion and heart felt feelings. And one thing is for certain I always have hope for the main characters I am reading about. Her writing is classic, the detail and scenery is perfect and spot on and she knows how to swoop her reader in and hold onto them as they turn the pages yearning for more and what is to come.
Well done and amazing book. Highly recommend!
This is Book #2 in the “Empire at Twilight” series, but other than the name of one king, there is no discernible overlap between Book #1 and Book #2, so you don’t have to read the first to follow the plot of the second.
Uqnitum is a court musician for a king in Mittani, the daughter of the great court musician Tapishili (akin to Handel at the court of George II, my closest comparison). Mittani is being conquered by the Assyrians piece by piece. Sure enough, Uqnitum’s city is invaded on one life-changing night, so she and her family – husband Ar-Tesshub, simple-minded son Wullu, and pregnant daughter Tatasshe – flee for their lives. The refugees are overtaken by the invading Assyrians and captured. The experiences this family suffers are really beyond imagining and so very difficult to read. The invasion and capture all occur in the first 20% of the book.
What we find out is that Uqnitum is a difficult person at the best of times. In fact, her older two sons have already fled their home city for life elsewhere – Uqnitum knows not where. Uqnitum is apparently a difficult-to-please mother, and my heart goes out to Tatasshe as she tries to deal with flight, capture, and pregnancy in the company of this difficult mother. Tatasshe and Uqnitum become court musicians in their new city, and are treated relatively well, considering that they are captive refugees, b/c the music master is a great fan of Tapishili. There is a grand celebration for the New Year plus the marriage of the king to celebrate, and Uqnitum’s fantastic voice is required, but Tatasshe is willing to give up her life as a musician – unthinkable! – to escape her mother, especially after their horrific captive march, which has left Uqnitum w/ PTSD on top of her anger issues. Uqnitum’s anger and PTSD cause simply devastating consequences to her and her family.
I have to say that Uqnitum is the least-likeable protagonist in a book that I have read since Jay Gatsby. I understand that she goes through great losses and terrible experiences, but she is honestly less capable at handling them than her pregnant daughter is – who had already lost her husband to the Assyrians before the story even starts! But again, as in Book #1, there is great world-building and the descriptions of the invasion, captive march, and the coup attempt are all well-written and gripping. 3 stars.
A classic historical western romance. When Elizabeth arrives back in Bittersweep under an assumed identity, she doesn’t expect to do anything more than find her Mother’s treasured box and live a normal life as the new school teacher. JP, the local wealthy rancher and school board chair is the first to meet her at the station and take an interest in her. Enter the murder, robbery and intrigue!
I found all of Wareeze’s characters very easy to identify with. Her easy style of writing has me coming back time and time again, no matter the period she is writing in. I look forward to reading many more.
Rhys and Rebecca are the mains in this sorry.
I enjoyed this historcal romance but alas it an extremely slow start. I didn’t feel a connect to the characters so I knew I was reading. Upon some even some years later Rebecca finds her husband with another woman about to be married. The MC annoyed the living hell out of me.
The year is 1897 and Elizabeth is a young woman with a haunted past, one night, when she was five years old, she and her sister and brother were packed into a wooden buggy and sent away with their father, leaving their mother behind, while their house burned down to ashes. It is a sight and smell which has haunted her memories for fifteen years, but now, she is returning to her one time home in Bittersweep, Texas to take up a teaching position and hopefully find some answers to her questions about what happened that day and why. As she arrives into the town on the steam locomotive she has travelled on, she tucks her newspaper under her arm and prepares to disembark from the train and collect her luggage, she briefly questions her sanity of returning to this place and almost turns right back around before she admits that she needs the position and everything else that goes with it. She is looking around at the small town and thinking how much has not really changed overly much, but there is more of everything now, people, horses, homes and stores and because of this she is assaulted by memories she would much rather forget.
It is while she is lost in these memories that she is bowing her head down and hoping that nobody recognises her, but this also leads to her walking into the path of a carriage and horses veering out of control and heading straight towards her, when she does, she is paralysed by fear and cannot move even if she wanted to, that is until she is grasped round the waist and pulled out of the way by an unknown pair of hands and into a very masculine body just before she is run over. When she manages to regain some of her breath and senses, she looks behind her to see the mysterious owner of the hands and body and finds a look of anger in their face and an equally angry outburst along the lines of does she have a death wish and to have some consideration of those around her, even if she has no regard for herself. This encounter brings Elizabeth back to herself and she acknowledges what happened, apologises and states that she wasn’t concentrating as she was looking for the school chairman whom she was meant to be meeting at the station, it is at this point that she finds out that the stranger who saved her is indeed the chairman of the school board and she is more than mortified at this information.
As she takes a moment to regain her composure, she is told that she hasn’t necessarily made the best first impression, however, the town is very easy going and that hopefully that shouldn’t stop her from being accepted anyway, he then offers to take her to the boarding house where she will be staying, Elizabeth is grateful and accepts the kind offer, when she is settled, they agree on a time to meet so that she can see where she will be working and make her preparations for the start of the school year, Elizabeth is now hoping that she will make a better impression the next time, but she also cannot believe that despite her best efforts to enter the town unnoticed, she hasn’t made that happen either. Will Elizabeth settle back into life in Bittersweep and find the answers she needs, or will she find that she is even less welcome now than she was then? This is a historical romance with a thrilling edge to it which will keep you guessing as to what will happen next throughout and keep you hooked until it’s conclusion.
Reviewed by @roxsannel
I really enjoyed this historical romance with added mystery and murder which had me hooked from page one. Set in Texas it has an old fashioned Western feel to it and I found myself being transported back in time. The main character, Elizabeth has returned to her childhood town of Bittersweep which she left in mysterious circumstances fifteen years earlier as a young child. Although her memories of that time our those of a five year old she remembers leaving on a wagon in a rush and there being a fire. Her main reason for wanting to discover why her family left is because they were forced to leave without her mother. In order to find the answers she wants she accepts a teaching position under an assumed name, Campbell. However, her first encounter with the school board’s chairman was a disaster as JP had to save her from a team of runaway horses. Elizabeth tries to keep her distance from JP, who is intrigued by the new teacher, but when she finds herself in trouble it is him that helps her.
The author really bought both the characters and the Western setting to life with her descriptive narrative and I felt fully immersed in the story. I enjoyed the small historical details that really make you feel that your back in that era as a reader and which the author is great at adding. The main characters, Elizabeth and JP have instant chemistry and I liked seeing their relationship develop along with the secondary characters who all bought an added element to the overall story. The mystery element to the storyline had me happily turning the pages and the exciting plot kept me guessing until the very end. This is an enjoyable and engaging historical romance which I definitely recommend.
Bittersweep by Wareeze Woodson was an absolutely delightful book in every way. It was a very easy read, I loved the story, the mystery and intrigue, and the love story was perfect. The characters were marvelous, I think I would love to see Elizabeth, J.P. and Amy in other little mysteries. I would give this story more stars if I could for the simplest of reasons. Although the romantic tension between J.P. and Elizabeth is quite palpable the reader is not subjected to scenes of graphic lovemaking. You can feel the heat without having a picture drawn for you. Best romantic novel I have read in a good while.
I loved this book so much! The town of Bittersweep, Texas is a place I grew to love while reading this book. Elizabeth is strong and stubborn schoolteacher determined to discover the past. JP is the man that takes care of everyone in the area. There is more than just chemistry with these two. This story has twists and turns galore! I hope someday to go back to Bittersweep and uncover the twins’ stories.
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