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Freedom to Love par [Fraser, Susanna]
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Louisiana, 1815

Thérèse Bondurant trusted her parents to provide for her and her young half-sister, though they never wed due to laws against mixed-race marriage. But when both die of a fever, Thérèse learns her only inheritance is debt—and her father's promise that somewhere on his plantation lies a buried treasure. To save her own life—as well as that of her sister—she'll need to find it before her white cousins take possession of the land.

British officer Henry Farlow, dazed from a wound received in battle outside New Orleans, stumbles onto Thérèse's property out of necessity. But he stays because he's become captivated by her intelligence and beauty. It's thanks to Thérèse's tender care that he regains his strength just in time to fend off her cousin, inadvertently killing the would-be rapist in the process.

Though he risks being labeled a deserter, it's much more than a sense of duty that compels Henry to see the sisters to safety—far away from the scene of the crime. And Thérèse realizes she has come to rely on Henry for so much more than protection. On their journey to freedom in England, they must navigate a territory that's just as foreign to them both—love.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved this book! 7 février 2015
Par Beckymmoe - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Thérèse, Henry, and Jeannette are such wonderful characters, it's impossible to not be rooting for them all from the start, even when they seem to be at cross purposes. Deep down they're all such strong, caring people, though, you know that they can't stay on opposite sides of anything for long.

Thérèse, who is illegitimate and one-eighth each Native American and African American, is able to "pass" (as white) but even in the American South she doesn't want to live that lie. (Admittedly, she is living in NOLA, which had a sizable and influential free black population--but even when she left she didn't want to hide who she was unless it was necessary to keep her half sister safe.) She's determined to make a life for herself and Jeannette--a life their recently deceased father should have provided for them but didn't. She can't turn away the wounded soldier who shows up on her father's plantation, even though she's taking a huge risk helping stranger and a redcoat.

Henry, lost and wounded, just wants to find his regiment again and eventually return home once he's healed. He has an instinctively protective nature, though, and cannot stand by while anyone is in danger, least of all his two unexpected benefactors. While protecting Jeannette, he inadvertently ensures that the three of them must leave New Orleans as fugitives. He soon decides that he must get Thérèse and Jeannette out of America--only away from the prejudice and unfair laws of the United States can they truly have the lives they deserve. Even when he doesn't know them very well, he knows he must do right by them--and once he gets to know (and eventually love) them? Nothing, not even his family or society, can make him change his mind.

Jeannette has seen and knows far too much for a thirteen-year-old, making her an odd (but completely believable) mixture of youth and maturity. I loved her spirit and bravery, and the way she was never afraid to speak her mind--but still knew when it was better not to, and managed to keep quiet. Though she might roll her eyes--she is a teenager, after all.

There was so much going on in this novel--the end of the War of 1812 (it still amazes me not only that the Battle of New Orleans took place after the peace treaty was signed, but that it took so long for word of that treaty to make its way to Americans--Henry and Thérèse found out the war was over ages after the fact!), race issues and prejudice in both America and England, slavery, the Underground Railroad, settling the frontier--and underneath it all was a truly wonderful love story. Both my history geek side and the romantic one were satisfied, and I'll definitely be reading more of Ms. Fraser's works--soon.

(If you've read her novella A Dream Defiant , its main characters, Elijah and Rose, make an appearance here. If you haven't, I recommend giving their story a try as well--it's a short read, but really good. I loved seeing them again!)

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An enjoyable read... 20 janvier 2015
Par April Renn/AprilR - Publié sur
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A uniquely interesting and intriguing story during a time of bitter turmoil in 1815 Louisiana, in America. It deals with slavery, mixed marriage, passion, the underground railroad, romance and the power of love. The main characters cross from Louisiana to Tennessee to Canada to, yes, England, where they encounter prejudices, injustices, sacrifice, acceptance and help in getting safely to England. An enjoyable, enlightening tale, filled with emotion, forgiveness, healing and finding happiness. Well written with enduring and realistic characters. These characters could very be your ancestors. Well done and effectively written A joy to read with a satisfying end. A great read!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher through Net Galley*

Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Captivating 13 janvier 2015
Par Lori - Publié sur
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Freedom to Love by Susanna Fraser is a delightfully entertaining historical romance filled with love and acceptance. The author draws the reader in with lush, vivid descriptions of the time period, Louisiana during the year 1815. I really enjoy reading historical romances and was excited to read one set in America.

Thérèse Bondurant, a New Orleans resident of mixed race, recently discovered she has a younger half-sister, Jeannette, who is a slave. Since their father’s will didn’t secure Jeannette’s freedom, Thérèse determines that she must. Thérèse’s plans are uprooted when an injured English soldier, Henry Farlow, stumbles onto their plantation. Although anxious to help her sister, Thérèse can’t let Henry suffer and takes him in to tend to his injuries. Thérèse is thoroughly surprised by her attraction to Henry with his blond hair and blue eyes. When Thérèse’s cousin and his brother arrive to take possession of the plantation and Jeannette, unexpected circumstances arise, resulting in Henry killing Thérèse’s cousin. This turn of events sends Henry, Thérèse, and Jeannette on the run, and they hope to make it to Canada or England to guarantee Jeannette’s freedom. Henry doesn’t want to be considered a deserter, but he can’t leave Thérèse and Jeannette on their own either, which I adored about him. As a city girl, Thérèse has never left New Orleans and is unprepared for traveling through the American frontier on horseback. Practical, intelligent, and brave, Thérèse faces the unknown and all of the challenges that they encounter, which endeared her character to me. During their arduous journey, Henry and Thérèse’s feelings for each other deepen, and they each realize they are falling in love. Even though she is young, Jeannette is a feisty and insightful character who helps Thérèse realize the depth of her feelings for Henry. Being born of mixed race, Thérèse knows that American laws would not allow her to marry Henry. Fascinated by Thérèse’s intellect and beauty, Henry is taken aback by his growing feelings for her since he has never felt this way about a woman before. Since he has a secret to hide, Henry has always kept an emotional distance from the women in his life. Henry is terrified of anyone knowing that he is unable to read very well as the words seems to scramble on the page when he looks at them. Clever and quick thinking, Henry is not be deterred by American laws and suggests that they head toward Canada or England. If they are to marry, Thérèse is adamant about one thing—she wants everyone to know she is part African. Although Thérèse can pass as white, she refuses to live a lie, and much to Henry’s credit, he wouldn’t have it any other way. Thérèse really appreciates the man that Henry is so she couldn’t care less about his inability to read well. Henry and Thérèse truly accept each other as they are, which is a wonderful thing to see. But, when the happy couple reaches England to meet Henry’s family, life throws them a huge curve ball, altering their plans. Without giving too much away, I loved how Henry handles Thérèse’s fears and doubts about their future, making Henry the most amazing leading man. I adored Henry and Thérèse’s story so much that I stayed up way past my bedtime to see how it ended.

A compelling setting and well-drawn, memorable characters make Freedom to Love a captivating, page-turning story.

I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best books I've read in a while! 21 janvier 2015
Par Reader Lady - Publié sur
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When I stumbled across Freedom to Love on Net-Galley, the book description drew me in. I had read A Christmas Reunion in October and enjoyed it immensely. I immediately requested this book and to my delight, the publisher approved my request for an honest review. Freedom to Love pulled me in from the first page when Henry Farlow awakens in the aftermath of the Battle of New Orleans with a hole in his side ‘cold mud beneath him and a dull gray sky above’.

Dozens of dead soldiers lay scattered around him and panic sets in. He must get away before the grim reaper realizes there is one still alive. He scrambles to his feet and stumbles into a nearby swamp. In a haze of pain, he wanders until he finds a creek to follow. He reaches what appears to be a deserted plantation. Gathering his strength he staggers into the slave quarters where he hears young female voices speaking a language that sounds similar to French, his mother’s native language. He drops to his knees, his hand held out in front of him, for the beautiful young woman has a pistol aimed at his head.

Therese, a cuarterona and her mulatto half-sister Jeanette realize the handsome British soldier is badly wounded. After some bantering back and forth with Jeanette wanting her to shoot him because he has seen their treasure, Therese decides to help the injured man to the house and treat his wounds. For several days, his body is ravaged by fever, but Jeanette is a talented healer and he begins to slowly recover.

When Therese’s cousin shows up to claim his property, the man attacks Jeanette. Henry defends her, but accidentally kills the man. This begins their mad dash to freedom across the south and to the hills of Tennessee and on to Canada, receiving help along the way from folks against slavery, then onto England.

Can the love Therese and Henry have found on their journey withstand the judgmental prejudice of his family if they find out that she is one-eighth African, or will it tear them apart forever?

Freedom to Love deals with the issue of interracial marriage and the problems that can be created when races intertwine with delicacy and finesse. The love and acceptance that grows between Henry and Therese had me close to tears from the sheer beauty of it. It is so refreshing to read a story where the hero and heroine actually like each other from the beginning and the love grows out of mutual respect.

I truly fell in love with the characters in this story. Each have their own distinct personality and are fully fleshed out, and not just the hero and the heroine. Jeanette plays an important role, and I feel that I grew to know her on a much deeper level than I normally do with a secondary character. What can I say, I loved this book and did not want it to end!

I was intrigued and amazed by the amount of research Ms. Fraser must have done to write this compelling love story. Her historical detail brings the period to life. This is not the typical Regency romance where lords and ladies flirt and dance in beautiful gowns, which is the only thing historical about the book. This is a novel I could completely enmesh myself in a time long gone.

If you enjoy historical romances with a little more depth, and one filled with sexual tension that makes you root for the couple to come together, and when they do, it is beautifully written with a great deal of genuine emotion, then do not want to miss Freedom to Love. I am sure you will enjoy this fantastic story as much as I have. Happy reading!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Adventurous Love Story. 14 janvier 2015
Par Kimberly Sue - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
Freedom to Love is a fantastic historical romance by Susanna Fraser. I fell in love with the characters Therese, Jeanette, and Henry right from the start. They were the type of characters that you can completely relate to, and who you really want to succeed. This novel had me hooked right from the beginning with the great writing style, and the compelling story that is told. The adventure that the three characters embark on after a couple narrow escapes will keep any reader interested in this book. Also, the sexual tension between Henry and Therese continues to grow throughout the novel, and readers will definitely be rooting for them to finally come together as a couple. Each character has their own unique personality, and they each play a part in making this a fantastic book and a great adventure story. I would definitely recommend this novel to all lovers of historical romance novels. I give this book a FIVE out of FIVE stars.
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