Something about the cover and the description led me to read A Wild Heart and I’m glad I did.
A Wild Heart
Alexandria Falconer gazes around the honeyed land of Wild Swan, the extraordinary horse farm she built up from nothing in the border state of Maryland. It has been Alex’s sanctuary through years of turmoil, and she has come of age in this land of opportunity. But the storm clouds of civil war are gathering, and Alex knows she has a choice to make to protect her family and maintain the precarious peace at Wild Swan.
When Alex’s son dies tragically, she is shattered. It is only through caring for her adopted daughter, two-year-old Gincie, that Alex starts to overcome her grief and find comfort with her beloved husband Rane once more. But when Rane is called away to aid the Union war effort, she is left bereft.
Alex’s heart is with Rane, but at home she has the sole responsibility of shielding Gincie and the rest of her family from the danger creeping ever closer to their door. When a charming soldier arrives at Wild Swan, Alex reluctantly gives him shelter, but the two form a bond and when news arrives of Gettysburg, she is torn with worry for men on both sides of the battlefield. With Gincie by her side, she undertakes a dangerous journey to fight for her family, her principles, and the man who holds her heart…
Celeste De Blasis’ epic and heart-wrenching Wild Swan trilogy continues, available in eBook for the first time. Perfect for readers who love Poldark, Outlander and Daphne du Maurier.
A Wild Heart was originally published as Swan’s Chance.
I didn’t realise until I started reading that this was Book # 2 of Celeste De Blasis‘ The Wild Swan Trilogy. Although this book can be read separately, I do wish I’d read book #1 first.
A Wild Heart is wonderful sage of intrigue and adventure, love and passion and so beautifully descriptive.
With the Civil War almost upon them, Alexandria Falconer is torn between protecting her family and the her beloved horse farm in Maryland. As the country goes through so much turmoil she is called to make difficult choices and a much sacrifice.
She finds solace and strength in her beloved husband, Rane and her adopted daughter, Gincie, when her son dies. But then Rane is called up to serve and Alex is bereft and wonders how she will face any more heartache and turmoil. Then a charming soldier arrives at her door and they form a bond. Now she must worry about men on both side of the battlefield! The choices she makes and the action she takes form the rest of this story.
I found A Wild Heart to be an absolutely engrossing read and that brought the atmosphere of the Civil War to life. A beautiful, strong, romantic heroine whose character is flawed and yet who manages to put love and principles before all makes this a riveting read.
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Millions of readers have fallen under the spell of the lush, enthralling and bestselling novels by Celeste De Blasis. Tales of adventure and romance set against the sweep of history—all are storytelling at its finest. After graduating from Pomona College, Celeste devoted her life to impeccable research and spellbinding writing. A native Californian, Celeste grew up on the historic Kemper Campbell Ranch in the Mojave Desert, where she lived until her death in 2001.