The story line is good. Graham just does not impress me as a writer. She bogs you down with a lot of unnecessary words. It's a slow take off but eventually turns into a good book. For a Civil War era romance fan, reading Sara Orwig's books during the same era is like a breath of fresh air after having read a Graham novel.
An historical romance at the end of the Civil War, third in a series of the Cameron family, another pairing in which one is Rebel and the other Yankee. They head out West for a new life, and find a new adversary in the Indians. It's a good read despite my admitted impatience with the young, somewhat stupid "heroine."
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.
A regal beauty with raven hair and piercing blue eyes, Christa Cameron suffered the indignities of defeat in the Civil War's bitter aftermath, her spirit unvanquished and her hatred of the victorious enemy undiminished. 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. But her virile bridegroom had othre ideas...
The third volume in Graham's ( And One Wore Gray , which has 635,000 copies in print) saga of the Cameron clan focuses on sister Christa in post-Civil War Virginia. Desperately attempting to save her family home from Northerners exploiting their victory, Christa convinces Yankee Colonel Jeremy McCauley, her sister-in-law's brother, to marry her. When McCauley is posted West with the cavalry, Christa joins him, managing to continue to smell of roses even as she confronts tarantulas, buffalo stampedes and capture by Comanches. Her Southern pride battles her lust for the handsome Northerner she has married. Indeed, lust seems to be all that holds this couple together. Rough verbal and physical treatment of Christa seems de rigueur for Jeremy--unable to decide from moment to moment whether to display his passion via anger or seduction. Writes Christa in her journal: "He is fascinating to me, and I am compelled by him nearly as much as I am infuriated." The action unfolds fairly predictably until an 11th-hour twist makes this tale a bit more exciting and its ending less certain.
A regal beauty with raven hair and piercing blue eyes,Christa Cameron suffered the indignities of defeat in the Civil War's bitter aftermath,her spirit unvanquished and her hatred of the victorious ememy undiminished.When marriage to a Yankee office 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.But her virile bridegroom had other ideas...
Succumbing to her courageous husband's russet haired silver eyed appeal.Christa rode west with the cavalry but remained a Rebel in her heart.Embarking on a trail of stampeding buffalo and wild indians a flower of the southern aristovracy was forced to play the part of loyal army wife.But it was only as a savage's hostage that Christa learned the starting depths of her new husband devotion-and the extraordinary power of freedom-as she vowed to make the West her home and to build a new world on the asher of th old.