Mira, Jan 2003, 6.50, 384 pp.
In 1898, Victoria Parker toils on her father's newspaper the Cheyenne Daily Tribune as a reporter, but she wants to do more than just local gossip as she dreams of working alongside the reporters covering hot spots like Cuba. Victoria also fantasizes what life would be like if Rough Rider Captain Sam Garret loved her as much as she loves him, but his heart belongs elsewhere. When Sam rescues Victoria from a precarious situation, he proposes as he inadvertently compromises her.
Victoria obtains the chance to attain her other goal by covering the Spanish-American War when she joins the newly formed Army corps of nurses. Like her journalist peers, Victoria reports the war from the front and gains quite a reputation throughout her community. Sam sees Victoria in a different light, as he now loves the woman he previously thought was a kid. However, while he remains in the post war Cuba, the deadliest adventures of Victoria are just beginning.
Merline Lovelace provides readers with an intriguing military historical romance that is headlined by a delightful lead couple complemented by real persona who make 1898 come alive. The plot look at a key moment in American history that encompasses the global implications of war and victory with Spain, the impact of the media on the international scene, and the beginning of the formal role of women in the military. Fans of vividly descriptive novels will want to read THE CAPTAIN'S WOMAN and Ms. Lovelace's two previous military historical romances (see THE HORSE SOLDIER and the COLONEL'S DAUGHTER) while wondering if All's Quiet on the Western Front is next.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner