“The only thing that stays constant is the fact that the sun will rise in the morning. Everything else will change. It is life. You now have a choice. To live your life or hide from it.” Quote from The Governor’s Daughter
Title: The Governor’s Daughter Winds of Change Book 1
Author: Jerri Hines
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Story Setting: Elm Bluff in Virginia; London
Published by: Jerri Hines
Published Date: June 14, 2016
About the Story: Cathryn Blankenship has no desire for a season in London! Why on earth would her father want her to leave her home in Charles Town? Upon Cathryn’s steadfast refusal, Governor Blankenship is forced to assign a young lieutenant to watch over Cathryn on the journey and ensure his daughter’s appearance in London. Cathryn finds Lieutenant Jake Pennington the most aggravating, maddening man she has ever met…a man Cathryn soon admits she is in no hurry to see leave. But fate has other plans for her in a world she is ill prepared to enter. She descends into a place where love and betrayal go hand and hand, where greed and treachery are second nature, but moreover the threat her father believes he has sent her is awaiting her arrival. When fate tears her apart from her Lieutenant, Cathryn finds herself desolate and alone. Soon, Cathryn makes fateful decisions that will send her back to her home. A home far different than the one she left. A war rages. Soon, she discovers her life is in danger and the only one that can save her is the one who left her heartbroken. Author’s Note: This book was previously published with Whiskey Creek Press as The Judas Kiss and The Promise under the Tides of Charleston Series.
My Thoughts: Jerri Hines writes a wonderful, compelling story. I have read another of her series, The Winds of Betrayal-truly a riveting time in history and so well depicted in how she presents the emotion behind the events of the time.
Just finishing The Governor’s Daughter, I’m awed by her fierce story line and plot. Many these days can relate to the same kind of precarious position people in Virginia found themselves. Communities can be polarized by political and religious inclinations–enough to die for their cause. We see this in evidence even today.
Ms. Hines begins the story on a plantation where sister and brother eventually are on opposing sides, yet they love each other deeply. The story is one of love, hate, honor and greed.
Cathyrn, daughter to John Rolf Blankenship, the governor in their community, loves her home, Elm Bluff. She has a fiery temper and scheming, determined mind. She works against her father’s wishes for her to leave her home. She secrets off with William, only to be caught by Lieutenant Pennington, the Englishman her father has asked to take her safely to England. She is to visit her mother and his family back in England, just for a year, he says. Times are dangerous, but he keeps the worry from his daughter. He needs her to leave, for her safety. He tells her he promised her mother before she died, he would do this for her when she comes of age. For the love of her father ,she leaves, and only finds more peril for herself in England. Who is her friend, her foe, and who can she trust?
She says her farewell to her father, half-brother, Sumner, and his mother. Would she ever see them again?
Ms. Hines’s characters are compelling, flawed and entirely beguiling. My heart aches for two men who love Cathryn. As well as hot-tempered, she is also a strong woman, capable of bearing up when sorrow holds her heart. She continues. She must walk a new path, begin yet again, and buries her feelings even from herself. She is a character who breaks my heart.
All mayhem and events of the times, turmoil in both Jake and Philip’s lives, their decisions, their honor and personal need, shape Cathryn’s life well beyond the point she has hope in controlling the whirl storm of her life.
Author Hines fascinates me how she is able to engage me most thoroughly in her characters. She springs jaw-dropping surprises within the story, I have no inkling would happen. Likewise, she wrings tears from me, leaving my heart swollen with ache.
All coalesces into a beautiful, memorable read, not to be missed if you enjoy the early days of Colony life, intense emotions of impassioned people and just darn good writing!
About the Author: Jerri Hines is an Amazon bestselling author of the Winds of the Betrayal series and Southern Legacy serial that were inspired by her fascination with history. She is a Southern gal who has lived the last thirty years near Boston with her Yankee husband. She believes in love and the power it holds. It is the reason she writes romances. Her next release under Jerri Hines will be the much anticipated conclusion to Winds of Betrayal, Set Fire To the Rain, coming in 2016.
She is also an Amazon Bestselling author under her penname, Colleen Connally. Her historical romance series, Secret Lives, is riddled with romantic suspense and a touch of paranormal. Fragmented, Book One Boston’s Crimes of Passion, marks her first contemporary suspense thriller. Framed, Book Two, will be released in 2016.
She is a supporter of The Home For Little Wanderers in Boston and the Alzheimer’s Association.
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