This was an interesting tale that reminded me of American old west stories. A bride traveling to her intended, held up by bandits, and rescued by a young, attractive lawman. But it was so much more. Set in 1815 England, Abby is betrothed to a titled bachelor by her father and stepmother. The stepmother pretty much kicks her out of the household and sends her on her way with an older driver and lady’s maid. The driver is killed by an ambush and the maid eventually heads back home leaving Abigail. If not for the rescue of lawman Samuel she would have been left for dead. I really felt for Abby. She was alone and unloved by her family and yet she was a very strong person.
She and Samuel find themselves with a toddler to care for on the journey that needs to be with an aunt. I can’t imagine taking care of one that young with the inconveniences of the day, while riding in a coach that is horse drawn.
There is danger from a notorious highwayman seeking out Samuel. Hindrances from weather and problems with the groom to be when they arrive at the destination. Overall an exciting, action packed novel full of twists and turns that kept me reading long into the night.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.