After the beauty of the past two novels of this trilogy, I could hardly wait to start this one. However, it soon was obvious that this one was not of the same quality as the others.
This is the story of the third sibling Christa Cameron, a Rebel sympathizer and sister to Jesse (a surgeon in the Union Army) and Daniel (a famous Confederate cavalier). Christa had stayed behind and taken care of Cameron Hall. She had supervised all aspects of the huge plantation from planting the gardens to overseeing the plantations crops and managing the slaughter of food animals and smoking the meats.
It is obvious that Christa had a huge emotional investment in Cameron Hall. She was proud of the job she had done while her brothers were fighting in the Civil War. Now, it was time to return control of the property to Jesse and restart her own life.
While Christa is alone at the Hall, a Union soldier notifies her that Cameron Hall will be sold for taxes. Having no money (and being female), Christa has no standing to save the property. While she is fighting the soldier (because he is attempting to rape her), her brother-in-law Colonel Jeremy McCauley (Union officer) arrives and saves her.
Although Christa and Jeremy have always been antagonistic towards each other, Christa convinces Jeremy to marry her and save Cameron Hall. This starts a chain of events that neither could have anticipated.
Most readers complain that there isnt enough interaction between the main characters; in this case, there seems to be too much. They are constantly fighting and arguing; I grew tired of it long before Christa and Jeremy did.
I also thought Christa and Jeremy had some serious flaws. Both were incredibly stubborn. Christa was a spoiled Southern belle who did not understand the concept of compromise. Jeremys flaw was even more serious. I know that wives were considered to be property during this time frame, but his demands in the bedroom were excessive.
This story was full of action and the reader never really knew what would happen next. Thus, I give points to Heather Graham for an interesting story.
Camerons Saga: Civil War Trilogy
1. One Wore Blue (1991)
2. And One Wore Gray (1992)
3. And One Rode West (1992)
Christa Cameron was a beauty with raven hair and blue eyes. She had suffered the indignities of defeat in the Civil War's bitter aftermath. When marriage to a Yankee officer was the only way to save her plantation from confiscation, Christa coaxed Colonel Jeremy McCauley into a legal union, promising herself to keep her pride and purity intact. Her bridegroom had other ideas. She rode west and was forced to play the role of a loyal army wife.
This was a great wrap up to the series.