Civil War Trilogy
She was velvet and silk, emerald eyes and sunstruck hair, Kiernan Miller had married one man to protect her from another. She hated Jesse Cameron with a fierce passion. But she was a widow now, and he was the enemy at her door, come with weapons of fire to melt her icy heart …
His Traitor’s Touch Ignited Raging Passions
He wore a Yankee uniform with inimitable Southern style, as true to the Union cause as he was treasonous to his rebel roots. Even as war engulfed them all, he would find his greatest adversary in the beauty who’d branded him a traitor, the woman he was born to possess.
STORY: In the sequel to One Wore Blue, the other Cameron brother, Daniel, is bewitched by Callie Michaelson, a wild beauty who hates the South but who could make him forget the horrors of the war.
STORY: In the aftermath of the Civil War, when raids on rebel plantations threaten her family property, Christa Cameron coaxes a young Union officer into marriage, secretly vowing to keep her purity intact.
REVIEW: When I took upon myself to read this Civil War Trilogy, I didn’t know that it was a part of a six book Cameron Family Saga series, which starts off with The North American Women trilogy [Sweet Savage Eden (Cameron Family Saga #1), A Pirate's Pleasure (Cameron Family Saga #2), Love Not a Rebel (Cameron Family Saga #3)]. You may be an old fan of this author, but she’s new to me and I thought this would be a perfect way to see if I may like her stories, and now knowing that I liked the latter part of this series, I’m determined to hunt down the first three books and read the Cameron Saga from its begining.
Let’s start this review with a genre. If you’re not a fan of western genre, you’ll not bother with these books. However if you’re a historical romance lover, I think you’ll enjoy these stories as much as I have. Especially the history part of it. Ms. Graham must have done a ton of research for these books, and it shows in her telling of these tales.
The trilogy tells a tale of three siblings, two brothers and their sister, that are faced with life altering decisions of which side to be on when civil war brakes.
The sister stays on their plantation while brothers chose opposite sides and one fights for the north and one for the south.
This first story is happily ever after of one of the brothers, Jesse Cameron and his love for Kiernan McKay. The two grew up together in the south, and the war cruley separates them as Jesse decides to wear a blue uniform of the north, and leaves Keirnan heartbroken.
As the war rages, our couple goes through hardship and pain, before their love is given another chance. And that road is what gave this story its heart and purpose. I also understand the ‘saga’ part of this series’ title. It is a wonderful narrative that chronicles the lives of the members of Cameron family.
If you know your history, than the theme will be familiar; country along with many families is divided; brothers take arms against each other as they fight on opposite sides, but what Ms. Graham gives this story is richness of each character she introduces. You’ll love them all. Oh, and it never hurts to have a sensual, sweet and satisfying [read scorching] romance.
‘One Wore Blue’ is the beginning of an awesome journey and I’m so glad to have read it. It had everything I love about western romance and then some.
In ‘And One Wore Gray’ we follow Daniel Cameron who ends up hurt and Callie, a Yankee widow living in Maryland on Mason-Dixon line, is the one who saves his life, and in the process she’s forced to betray him.
If you love stories with betrayal, heartbreak and plenty of sensuality, this one’s going to be one book you’ll be happy to read and reread. The characters were well defined, the plot and conflict well written, and the pace just perfect for a ‘saga’. I also think you’ll be very impressed with this authors research as she brings the Civil War to life.
‘And One Rode West’ is a third [sixth of the Cameron Saga] and last book of the Civil War trilogy, finally comes time for Jesse’s and Daniel’s baby sister Christa Cameron to find her own piece and happiness.
By now we’re familiar with her as we met her in both of the previous books, ‘One Wore Blue’ and ‘And One Wore Gray’. Ms. Graham picks up this story where the last one left off and we watch this feisty little Southern belle as she is faced with a decision to make about the plantation. While her big brothers were away, she was the one to hold things together at home. She is constantly forced to make hard choices, especially defending the plantation from the Yankees. And that’s how she gets herself in trouble, choosing to wed Jeremy McCautley, her sister in law Callie’s Union Colonel brother, and thus saving her home from destruction. Her plan to get an annulment doesn’t sit well with her groom, who has a plan of his own.
And then the war ends and her brothers with their families have safely arrived home to Cameron Hall and she is forced by her own choice to wed, to leave one familiar place she loved above all else, and follow her husband out West.
I liked this one the best. The love/hate relationship between Jeremy and Christa was well written and as they looked for compromises in their growing relationship, the reader is left to find and accept them as well.
As usual, Ms. Graham’s story is well-researched, and well written. I can’t praise this book, and the other two, enough.
All the main characters as well as supporting ones were wonderfully defined and written. The setting in Ms. Graham’s hands was brought to life in all its glory and heartache. I realized that it took someone with deep understanding of this conflict to write such poignant and heartwarming stories. You should read them all. I’m off to my local book store to track down the first three while all these stories are fresh in my mind.
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher