I love this series of books so much I went out and bought hardcovers so I could read them over and over. The main character, Hannah, is a resourceful woman of the revolutionary era. If you like historical novels, you will like these. Other titles include 'Hearts and Bones' and 'The Burning Bride'. From the back cover of Blood Red Roses: It is 1780, and summer has come to Rufford, Maine. As the hay ripens and roses perfume the air, the horrors of the recent war of Revolution seem to be fading. Then a series of murders rocks the town, and it is up to Hannah Trevor to employ every bit of her intelligence and passion to unravel the dark truth from the deadly lies.
A narrative filled with suspense and fascinating details of post colonial life picks up right where Lawrence's debut sensation left off. It is 1786 and summer has come to rufford maine as the hay ripens and roses perfume the air the horrors of the recent war of revolution seem to be fading then a series of murders rocks the town and it is up to Hannah Trevor to employ every bit of her intelligence and passsion to unravel the dark truth from the deadly lies.
A very good book! I enjoy Ms. Lawrence's books very much. Great mysteries and interesting historical fiction.
The novel takes place in the 1780s with a midwife widow, Hannah Trevor, as the key character. This is the second about Hannah's life. In this one, her missing husband shows up under another name but is murdered by someone. And, you guessed it. She is accused of his murder!
Her daughter, Jennet, springs from a romance that Hannah had with Daniel, a wealthy married man whose wife's frail health confines her to her room much of the time. Drawn to each other, their love is the talk of the community. The local sheriff, Trapp, is a cruel opinionated man who is convinced of Hannah's guilt possibly implicating Daniel as well. In addition, Hannah's husband has another wife and family all of whom were cruelly murdered too. As Hannah copes with ostracism in her community and continues her life, she finds that someone wants her daughter and takes her away as Hannah and Jennet attempt to flee from this life.
The tale is fast paced, exciting and fun to read. For me, this is one of those difficult to put down reads.