A More Perfect Union Series
by Betty Bolté
Genre: Historical Romance
I strongly suggest you read this series in order; not only because the books follow one another with no lapse of time, but because you will want to get to know the background and personalities of each of these strong female friends. This trilogy is an adventurous exploration of life in an occupied seaside city during the final months of the Revolutionary War.
It is a historical romance and also a mystery.
The human interest elements will make you examine your own thinking and opinions. A story of challenges, both physical and spiritual,
conflicting beliefs and changing times.
In the first book, the three best friends made a vow to remain single and self supporting, unless of course each found love with a worthy man.
The men around them were swoon worthy in many respects but did any value a wife as an equal? In those times a wife was a possession and marriage was a business proposition, binding families was a financial and social move.
Along with the romantic aspects of the books, much is told about life during time of war. Again it relates to financial and familial along with political and the dangers inherent to the close proximity of conflicting military services. Persons of the upper class became spies since no one expected it of them. Much of this happens in the first two books of this 5 star trilogy.
This third book focuses on Samantha and her quickly changing situation.
Her skills as a healer are being criticized. A modern doctor has arrived in the city. Her best friends have gotten betrothed. Her parents are loyalists and likely will leave for England. An unmarried woman can not own property so she will lose her healing garden. How is Samantha to survive and move forward?
The writing is wonderful. The storyline is compelling.
The danger will keep you apprehensive until the very end.
The female characters are intelligent, creative, loyal and strong.
Of all the books in this five star series (so far, as I am hopeful there will be more) this one is the most tense!
The war is over and the Brits have departed, leaving Charlestown to the residents. As is the case after any major conflict, there are people out of work and needing shelter. There were casualties as a result of battle, and Evelyn is a widow with a newborn son.
There is a struggle to find a new normal and in this particular town, the women intend to have their say. Many people are opposed to the continued use of slaves, but others can't imagine a life without them.
If you have read any of the previous books in this series you have met these well developed characters. Nat Williams was not a major character in the past but now we learn much more about him.
To be honest, he has flaws and makes some bad decisions. He has some very traditional views which don't quite mesh with Evelyn's vision of an ideal future. Does life require us to give up our own dreams to support those of another?
I only wish we had heard more about the opening and success of Emily's dress shop!
This is an amazing series that I suggest for high school age and above and for every book club to read!
I love this series!!!