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Brides of the Gauntlet

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Very much enjoyed the story and the characters. Wish the violent parts would have been toned down a notch, but still highly recommend this book. Thank you netgalley and publisher for this arc in exchange of an honest review.
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It was a great book and I enjoyed reading it. The storyline and characters were phenomenal. Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this book.
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Julian always looks weak.  Since his Dad gone, his Mom effort to get him some apprentice chance is failed.  Even her own aunty refused to give him scholarship. In this book,  we will follow hard journey of this young man from London to New Colonial America. Each bad experiences bring him to the lower level of his life. But it is all make him adapt and grow stronger.

This book is interesting and easy to read.  The plot jump very fast and the journey is adventurous. But personally I really want to see extra characters depth, expecially from Julian. 

Thank you Netgalley and author to give me chance read this copy for exchange with a honest review.
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For the most part I enjoyed the historical part. Just not the violence. We could have done without the descriptive parts.
Otherwise a job well done!
Poor Julian! However; I loved his determination to make it even when life was trying it's hardest to get him. He didn't let it.
Way to go Julian!
His name is an unusual name too. I like it. 
(It was my grandpa's middle name.)
I really couldn't read fast enough because I wanted to see how he handled what was thrown at him. I wasn't disappointed!
I thank the man who taught Julian and took him under his wings so to speak. 
I love books like these because they offer hope and courage to us readers that are going through things in our lives as well.
I'm giving this book 4 stars for the excellent writing and and the strong characters that are in the story. Especially the Indians.
I like the cover of this book too. It gives me the feeling of much anticipation of what the book will be about.
I recommend.
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
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4 Solid Stars

This is a period in Western history that I find particularly fascinating, from being ripe with horrors to the blossoming Enlightenment to the colonial dynamics between the French, English, and Dutch, to indigneous-settler relationships.... Naturally I loved this book from the out. 

This kind of has everything in it, making it--in my opinion--a  semi-epic coming-of-age (in colonial America just prior to the French Indian Wars). It is turbulent and adventurous of a lovable main character, Julian, who is a whole host of condradictions: he is vulnerable and flawed, yet resilient and strong. Going on his journey with him was great. The secondary characters were all vibrant and intriguing, and the research was quite thorough; enough so to make this an immersive and three-dimensional read that was highly enjoyable. 

I would definitely recommend this for any lover of Historical Fiction, particularly if you like the 18th century, and/or colonial America... and of course love some high-seas ship life. Would definitely read more from James Short in the future if this is the sort of HF he writes. 

Thanks to #BooksGoSocial via  NetGalley for this ARC of Brides of the Gauntlet, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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I have to be honest. I did not enjoy this book at all. It was nearly torture to read all the way through it. If you like stories with a lot of violence in it, this book is for you. Poor Julian has been sick for most of his life. As a fifteen year old, he leaves his mother's house in London to go to America. When he gets there he becomes an indentured servant to a suspected pirate, that is now a trader. He works with him for part of his time, but then he is left abandoned. The story goes down from there. When he is abandoned, the group of Indians begin their torture of him, and a scarred woman saves him by marrying him. It then goes from one fight, to another until the end of the book. It just isn't the kind of story I like to read, but hey, you might like it.
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THE BRIDES OF THE GAUNTLET by James Short

Julian Asher is a poor boy from the slums of London, he was a bright yet feeble boy.  His mother has tried several times to get Julian apprenticed, but no one will take him since he looks sickly and is weak.  He can read and write, which most of the poor in London in 1748 are unable to do, but there is not much call for a boy to use those skills in London.

A chance encounter with a wagon brings Julian's hopes of a future of seafaring to an abrupt halt, as he heals from his injuries, he sees that though his mother is fully dedicated to him, her heart lies with Mr. Skylar, the owner of a haberdashery.  Unwilling to become the stepson of Mr. Skylar, Julian runs away to become an indentured boy on a ship sailing to America.

No one wants him there, either.  His indenture papers are purchased by a somewhat unscrupulous fur trader and former pirate Bartholomew Bragg.  Through Bragg's tutelage, Julian grows up in the harsh environment of the American frontier.  Bragg comes across as harsh in most instances, but within his first moments of meeting Julian, he sets out to heal Julian from his disabilities that arose from his encounter with the wagon.

Julian has to adapt and learn to live in the atrocious new world he has been thrust into and grows strong and healthy despite all that is done to him.

Truly an adventurous novel of early America.  Highly recommend.

Much appreciation to #netgalley for the complimentary copy of #thebridesofthegauntlet I was under no obligation to post a review.
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