by Sylvia Andrew

September 2004
ISBN: 0-373-30457-9
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Mass Market Paperback

Lord Ivo Trenchard has always been straightforward and always tries to tell the truth, even when he is found in a misfortunate situation. He tries to help those around him but he will not do anything he doesnít want to do, no matter the circumstances or consequences of his actions or those around him. We learn these things about Ivo not far into the story. Ivo is also a soldier and a rift is put between him and his father when he told the truth and his father didnít believe him. This has caused him much heartache and he didnít want to go into battle with it between him and his father, but unfortunately he did. Ivo did try to make amends with his father on several occasions but nothing came about as he didnít even get to set foot in the house.

So what does one do, when they canít go back to their home, but visit and stay at a relatives. That is exactly what Ivo did with his aunt, Lady Frances. While on the way to Lady Frances, Ivo met someone that left an impression on him. At first he thought it was a boy, but soon realized it was a young lady instead, dressed as a boy. This first meeting is just a prelude of how their other meetings will go. They all go a little awry each time, and it is fun to watch them, how they react to one another. The friendship they share is different from any others they have and it is that friendship that helps when things start to crumble in on Jossie.

Jossie Morley is sort of a wild child, young lady. She dresses like a young man, rides a horse astride and even carries a gun. Why because he father wanted a son so badly that he treats her like one. She doesnít know how to act in a ballroom or a crowd; she likes the country, the simple life and doesnít even want to go to London. She was also sort of engaged to her lifelong friend and neighbor, Peter. No official announcement was made and wouldnít be made until Peter came of age. Jossie wasnít afraid to speak her mind on anything and everything and she wasnít afraid to let others know she had a brain in her head and used it.

Lord Trenchardís Choice is just that a choice of what he wants and how he goes about getting it. The story is also about falling in love and finding oneself in the process of the chaos and heartache surrounding both Ivo and Jossie. There are a few obstacles along the way for both Ivo and Jossie to deal with and overcome. Jossie learns to be stronger and it takes someone special to love Jossie for herself. Ivo and Jossie were great together they compliment each other in all the ways that counted.

Lord Trenchardís Choice is the first story by Ms. Andrews that I have read and it will not be the last. Ms. Andrews was able to pull me into the story and let me feel some of the heartache, laughter and joy from the characters in the story. Some of the secondary characters in the story got exactly what they deserved, in my opinion. Some of them were mean and out for themselves and didnít care whom they hurt or what they did in order to get what they wanted.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Pam.

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