by Merline Lovelace

January 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-649-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Victoria Parker was a journalist who wanted to be taken seriously. In fact, the only thing other than journalism that she ever thought about was Captain Sam Garrett. Unfortunately for Victoria, she is confined to the society pages by her father, a newspaper owner and Sam is love with another woman - or so she thinks. However, Victoria’s life is turned upside down as the nation prepares for war in Cuba.

Sam is a soldier as heart just like his father, but when his father is in a riding accident and loses the use of his legs, Sam resigns his commission and heads home to take over the family business. When he arrives, he is faced with his past - Victoria. Torn by his feelings for her and his desire to do what is right, Sam fights to hold on his dignity and his position in the community. Things turn ugly for Sam when war breaks out and he refuses to join up. Soon after he and Victoria get married, Sam is pursued to accept a position with Teddy Roosevelt`s Rough Riders.

Imagine Sam`s surprise when Victoria ends up in Cuba as a war correspondent. Determined to protect Victoria and do his job, Sam is once again torn between his duty and his heart. Victoria and Sam's love are in danger from disease, war, and a poorly planed war. Can Sam and Victoria`s love survive it?

Merlin Lovelace`s newest novel The Captain`s Woman continues her series based upon Army life in the old West. I found that once I sat down to read this book, it was riveting. The love story was wonderful but the historical descriptions really stole the show. They grabbed the reader`s attention and were so vivid I could picture them in my mind. Ms. Lovelace effortlessly intertwines her characters into the history surrounding the book. I also enjoyed the peek into the life of a female journalist at the turn of the century. The characters are wonderful and I enjoyed revisiting characters that have appeared in her other novels in this series. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance.

Reviewed in November 2002 by Jen.

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