The Last Heiress

Ellis, Mary. The Last Heiress. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2015.

SUMMARY:
heiressRequested by her father to sail from England to North Carolina to help her family’s textile mill business, Amanda Dunn is also excited to see her twin sister in America again. Though not anticipated nor planned, Amanda meets Nate Cooper, the young, extremely handsome shopkeeper, who steals her heart. Caught in the turmoil of war, Amanda must come to terms with her beliefs, struggles as a woman, protecting her family and following her heart…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having read other books by Mary Ellis, I knew I would enjoy this current book as well. Drawn by the beautiful cover, I was pulled into the storyline quickly. Through an interesting time period, descriptions of life during the war, interaction between characters, differing thoughts on slavery and of course, a romance, I was truly captivated by this novel. The faith element was not overly excessive yet most evident in the slave characters. As a member of the local historical society and the Civil War Roundtable, Mary Ellis shares her vast knowledge of American history in her many books. Well-written with history woven throughout…definitely worth the read!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Last Heiress from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*

The Quaker And The Rebel

Ellis, Mary. The Quaker And The Rebel: Civil War Heroines Series. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2014.

SUMMARY:
Quaker Working as a governess in Virginia at the time of the Civil War, Emily Harrison decides to continue her parents’ work in the Underground Railroad. Her employer’s dashing nephew though has other ideas due to his loyalty to the Confederacy as well as his alias, the Gray Wraith. Will two totally different worlds ever find success and happiness in love, beliefs and life?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
I found this book to be very well written, especially within the time period of the Civil War. Mystery, suspense, romance, thievery, faith and cultural beliefs all are a part of this dramatic novel. Mary Ellis did a thorough job of colliding opposite realms in an intriguing style. Through a love of history and involvement in a local historical society and Civil War Roundtable, the author apparently is well educated in the Civil War which shines through in her story. Definitely a series I will continue to read, I look forward to The Lady And The Officer as the next selection.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5)

*I received a complimentary copy of The Quaker And The Rebel from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*