Description: Here begins the story of Lieutenant James Lockwood, his wife Brigid, and his deadly rivalry – professional and romantic – with Charles Barr. Lockwood and Barr hold each other’s honor hostage, at a time when a man’s honor meant more than his life. But can a man as treacherous as Charles Barr be trusted to keep secret the disgrace that could irrevocably ruin Lockwood and his family?
Against a backdrop of famine and uprising in Ireland, and the war between Napoleon and Wellington, showing the famous Inniskilling Regiment in historically accurate detail, here is a romance for the ages, and for all time.
Opening: Bermuda April 1815: Captain Barr desperately wanted to kill Lieutenant Lockwood. He thought constantly of doing so, though he had long since given up any consideration of a formal duel. Lockwood, after all, was a good shot and a fine swordsman; a knife in the back would do. And then Barr dreamt of going back to Ireland, and of taking Brigid Lockwood for his own. Or perhaps he might kill her as well. He had so many options open to him.
I was in the mood for a light hist fic and this fitted the bill just right: lagom, if you will. Packed with banter and observations that made up for the weakish storyline. If pushed to a higher critique I would say the intrigue was somewhat front-loaded.
Whatever, solid 3* on this whimsical, thunder and lightening Monday.