Diana Bullitt married Philip Kearny on June 13, 1841. This was also her birthday. Her husband would be a general in the Civil War on the Union side. He would become a legend.
They are both strong-willed and determined to each get their own way. When Diana discovers Philip has been unfaithful to her, she leaves him and moves to St. Louis. Philip just does not understand how she could leave him. In his mind, just because he is involved with another woman, that is no reason for a wife to leave her husband.
When Diana learns Philip has been severely wounded in the war against Mexico, she returns to be with him, at first out of duty, then for love. But Philip still has demons he has to deal with, his addictions and womanizing has not stopped, in fact it is worse, since he has been home.
They donít divorce right way. When they finally get a divorce, Diana knows Philip will marry the woman he has been with, she has borne him several children. Diana decides to move to France hoping that she and her children may find peace, even with the stigma of divorce.
This is the second novel by Micaela Gilchrist. I also had the pleasure of reading her first book, The Good Journey. Ms. Gilchrist had access to privately held documentation and diaries. She also heard family legends. She has created a wonderful, not to be forgotten love story between two amazing people. Diana loved her husband, but she also could not pretend everything was great between them. She had to do what was right for her and their children. Philip was a typical man of his times, just could not get Diana out of his head or his heart.
You will not be disappointed with The Fiercer Heart. I highly recommend this book.