Harlequin Historical, Nov 2002, 5.25,
He joined the army in the forties as a teen, but the military never trained Captain Travis Rafferty on life as a prisoner of war languishing in a Confederate Prison. He is shocked that Meredith Carter, though niece to Dr. Castleman, brings a poultice to help an ailing POW. When the fevered soldier reveals to Meredith that the prisoners are escaping through a tunnel, Rafferty reluctantly allows her to leave. When the escape fails, Rafferty blames Meredith for revealing their plan to his enemy and vows vengeance.
Two years later, Travis catches up with Meredith and accuses her of treason. She swears her innocence, but the evidence is quite convincing. Riders arrive to murder Meredith. Travis kills the attackers, but is wounded in the battle. When he collapses, she stops his bleeding and remains behind to heal him. A believer, Travis works even harder than previously to uncover the real culprit who sent the men to death yet implicated his beloved.
Fans of Reconstruction Era romances will take immense pleasure in RAFFERTY'S BRIDE, a strong historical that provides insight into the early post Civil War years. The lead couple is a charming duo though fans will feel the obsessive intensity of Travis that not even an editor would dare cross him. The dedicated Meredith risks everything during and after the hostilities to do what she believes is the right thing for her patients. Mary Burton provides her audience with a powerful look at the aftermath of the Civil War on those who still endure the torment though the guns are relatively silent.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner