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America's Wife (America's Daughter Trilogy Book 2)

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It’s 1776 and Addie’s world has completely changed since her privileged life in Boston. The Revolutionary War rages on and Addie’s brothers and the love of her life, Silas, are in the middle of the fight. They are fighting to shape the country that they know and love. But when Silas doesn’t return from the Battle of Monmouth, Addie leaves the safety net of Washington’s camp and goes into the battlefield searching for him. When Addie receives word that Silas has been captured and is being held by the British, she makes it her mission to bring Silas home. But, then when Addie is searching for Silas she comes face to face with John Traverne, a man she can’t seem to forget, she soon finds herself in an impossible situation of love and war, having to choose between two men that hold a special place in her heart.

The description says "A heartbreaking and unputdownable novel...". "Heartbreaking" doesn't even come close! "America's Wife" had me sobbing and still gives me a lump in my throat. Celeste De Blasis had a true talent for connecting the reader to the characters, creating a mental picture of their lives and the events they experience that makes them solid and real. The writing is, as always, beyond fault. Eagerly awaiting book 3 - with tissues!!
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America’s Wife is the second epic installment of Celeste de Blasis’s stunning America’s Daughter trilogy. Passionate, evocative and mesmerizing, historical fiction readers will love losing themselves in this superb tale.

Addie’s entire life had been turned upside down. Having been born into great wealth and privilege, she had traded all of her riches and enviable position in society and embraced a dangerous new life with the American Revolutionary Army. Anxious to hear news of her childhood sweetheart Silas, Addie hopes and prays that her worst fears will not come to light – but it seems that all she had worried about is about to come true when Silas does not return from the Battle of Monmouth. Addie is willing to move mountains to find Silas and when she throws herself headlong into danger and scours the empty battlefields, she soon realizes that more shocks are about to come her way when she hears that Silas has been captured by the British by a troop of Scottish Highlanders run by none other than John Traverne, the man Addie had rejected in favour of the Revolutionary cause.

Coming face to face with John brings to the fore feelings she had long buried. Yet, Addie find herself forced to choose between the man she has been pledged to and the one whom she is unable to stop herself from wanting. While bringing Silas back home remains her primary objective, John keeps occupying her every waking thought. Addie is on the precipice of change yet again as her life is about to be turned on its head once more…

Celeste de Blasis is such a wonderful storyteller who makes the past come to roaring life and sweeps her readers off into a world replete with danger, passion and intrigue that will keep them transfixed throughout. In Addie, Celeste de Blasis has created a strong, daring and independent heroine who is inspirational and who does not balk from a challenge – even when the odds are stacked against her.

A stunning historical novel that will entrance and entertain readers of historical fiction, Celeste de Blasis’ America’s Wife is a superb saga I highly recommend.
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I received a temporary digital advanced copy of America's Wife by Celeste De Blasis from NetGalley, Bookoutre, and the author in exchange for an honest review.

Addie Valendcourt has joined her husband and brothers following the Patriot Army. She assists in the war effort by providing secretarial skills for  General Washington and helps nursing soldiers after battles. As the war years wear on, Addie becomes extremely familiar with army life but during the Battle of Monmouth the worst happens when Addie's husband Silas is taken prisoner by the British and her brother is badly injured. Addie is able to nurse Ad back to health and after a few months decides she needs to go to New York and find Silas. Addie enlists the help of her half-brother and Loyalist, Darius. Being on the opposite side provides Addie with the ability to find her husband and spy on the Tories, but will her efforts hurt those who she loves on the British side? 

The first half of America's Wife almost felt more non-fiction where I was reading pages and pages of war history. Like the first book, the synopsis of the second book is quite misleading because it only applies to the second half of the book. It was exhausting to read through the first half with so little dialog by the characters. If you can make it through the first half, the second half of America's Wife was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed Addie interacting on the enemy side and seeing the American Revolution through the perspective of the British.
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This is a gripping, spellbinding and endearing historical romance that transports you to George Washington’s headquarters and then into enemy territory during the American Revolution. The people, the conflicts, and the landscapes are so well described. The romances in this book are complex and heartbreaking. This is the second book in the trilogy, America's Daughter  being the first.  Now I'm looking forward to the third, America's Promise.  My thanks to NetGalley and Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Following the siege of Boston, the Continental Army has now relocated to defend New York. Addie follows to be reunited with her three brothers, Justin, Ad and Quentin, and her new husband, Silas. Justin and Ad are aides to General Washington; Quentin, the youngest of the siblings, is a fifer; and Silas is an artillery officer.

Addie's family consider sending her away to the relative safety of the Castleton plantation in Virginia, but she is adamant that she won't be separated from them no matter the hardships of remaining with the army. Every time her menfolk are deployed, Addie anxiously awaits their return.

On all their minds is the whereabouts of their older half-brother, Darius, a staunch Loyalist like their father. They fear their paths may cross in battle, a distinct possibility when they learn he has raised a troop of cavalry.

While winter quartering brings respite from the fighting, the weather, lack of vital supplies and poor morale take their toll. But there is also romance for one of the brothers.

When Silas goes missing after the Battle of Monmouth, Addie is determined to find him regardless of the dangers. She is prepared for anything, but not coming face to face with the Scottish Highlander, John Traverne, whose sadness and vulnerability touched her at their first meeting.

Celeste De Blasis has taken me on another roller coaster ride of emotions with her continuation of Addie's story. There are heartbreaking scenes aplenty, but these are tempered with many joyful ones. Addie remains strong and capable, sustained by the love and needs of her family, and hopefully she will remain so for what the future holds. Her story concludes in the final book of the trilogy, America's Promise.
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I was waiting to read this book, as I wanted to know the rest of Addie’s story, having really liked her character in America’s daughter. In this book, Addie and Tulia, her maid, are getting ready to follow Silas, her husband and her brothers who are fighting in the American Revolutionary Army against the British.

Then Addie gets news that her husband is missing and she is determined to find him. She seeks the help of her step brother, Darius, who is on the side of the Tories. She find out that Silas is being held by the Scottish Highlanders, who are lead by General John Traverne, who she knew from before. Silas is desperately ill and once again, Addie must dig deep into herself to find the courage and strength to face these horrible circumstances. All around her too, she sees death and destruction. Can she go on? Will Silas make it? What of her feelings towards John Travene?

The story is full of drama, intrigue, love, loyalty to family and cause and above all bravery in such wretched circumstances. We get an insider’s view of the war and how difficult things were in those times as well as insight into the personalities of some famous people – General Washington and his wife, Martha, Generals Lafayette and Hamilton.

Another brilliant piece of historical fiction from this author. I’m looking forward the third book of this fantastic trilogy.
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I enjoyed the first book, America’s Daughter so was looking forward to reading this book, which I enjoyed and I look forward to the final book. This picks up soon after the first book ended. I enjoyed this a bit more than the first book. Much more happens in this book in terms of actions and events, it’s a slightly longer book and a more fast-paced read. Addie and Silas have now married and much of the book revolves around being involved in the war with General Washington and the trials, attributions and tragedies this leads to. I really enjoyed this book.
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America’s Wife is the second book in the America’s Daughter Trilogy.  After reading the first book in the trilogy America’s Daughter I was over the moon excited to dive into this one, and I absolutely loved it.

It’s 1776 and Addie’s world has completely changed since her privileged life in Boston. The Revolutionary War rages on and Addie’s brothers and the love of her life, Silas, are in the middle of the fight.  They are fighting to shape the country that they know and love.  But when Silas doesn’t  return from the Battle of Monmouth, Addie leaves the safety net of Washington’s camp and goes into the battlefield searching for him.  When Addie receives word that Silas has been captured and is being held by the British, she makes it her mission to bring Silas home.  But, then when Addie is searching for Silas she comes face to face with John Traverne, a man she can’t seem to forget, she soon finds herself in an impossible situation of love and war, having to choose between two men that hold a special place in her heart.  

This extraordinary and engaging read was absolutely amazing.  The well developed characters, and phenomenal storyline will have you flying through the pages.  But, keep your Kleenex box nearby because you will surely need it.  Thank you Celeste De Blasis for this fantastic read, I loved everything about this book.
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America’s wife is the second instalment in this fantastic series, and we find ourselves being acquainted with Addie, a character I came to love dearly in the first book. Addie is far from the privileged life she previously led, as now she has fully accepted her place within the American Revolutionary Army, a lifestyle that certainly comes with it’s fair share of danger and uncertainty.

With her childhood sweetheart Silas out fighting on the front line, all Addie can do is anxiously await news of his safe return, but when he fails to return from the battle of Monmouth, Addie finds herself having to face her worst fears. Without giving her own safety a seconds thought, Addie knows she has to go and find Silas herself, as she can’t possibly rest with the uncertainty of it all. As she takes herself of in search of her beloved, she finds herself coming face to face with John Traverne, a man who she has never quite been able to forget. Addie now finds herself in the impossible position of choosing between two men who hold a place in her heart.

This is one of those books that nestles it’s way in to your heart as soon as you open the cover. The characters are so well developed and leap out of the pages as you read this story, allowing you to really feel as though you are experiencing it all alongside them. The storyline flows perfectly, with plenty of drama and a hint of romance thrown in to the mix, this book had everything I could possibly want from a historical fiction!.

Wonderfully written and packed with emotion, this is another absolute beauty of a book by one of my all time favourite authors.
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The description says "A heartbreaking and unputdownable novel...". "Heartbreaking" doesn't even come close! "America's Wife" had me sobbing and still gives me a lump in my throat. Celeste De Blasis had a true talent for connecting the reader to the characters, creating a mental picture of their lives and the events they experience that makes them solid and real. The writing is, as always, beyond fault. Eagerly awaiting book 3 - with tissues!!

This review was written voluntarily and is entirely my own, unbiased, opinion. My thanks to the author (RIP), publisher, and NetGalley.
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This is a gripping, spellbinding and endearing historical romance that transports you to George Washington’s headquarters and then into enemy territory during the American Revolution. The people, the conflicts,  and the landscapes are so well described. The romances in this book are complex and heartbreaking. This story will grab your attention and it won’t let go. This is the second book in the America’s Daughter trilogy and the second one I’ve read by De Blasis, who was taken from us too soon in 2001.
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Addie is now a married woman, but her and Silas aren't settled down and living that easy married life as they are in the middle of the Revolutionary war and they are trying to get their freedom from the crown.  

Unlike the first book, this one didn't focus so closely on Addie as much as the first and I wished it had.  While it circled around her and her siblings, there were quite a few pages without Addie and instead were focused on the war.  I don't tend to love the books where battles and war are told in detail and this one felt as thought it had quite a few pages without character development and I wanted more of that.  Every time the men came back to camp from war and were reunited with the ladies, I got excited and relished in those pages!

While I didn't love all the battles or at least all the pages devoted to the battles, I did love seeing "characters"/people from history that I knew from other books and of course from my love of the musical, Hamilton.  It was interesting meeting these people from Addie's perspective and seeing them through her eyes as she is married to a general that is close to Washington and who interacts with Lafayette, Hamilton, John Laurens and so on.    

Even after not completely enjoying this book, I am still intrigued to read book three to see where Addie's life ends up.  I am thankful that I was able to give myself a break between this book and the third and get away from this time period and these characters.
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A Knockout of a Summer Read! A Historical account of the battles engineered by General George Washington and his nemesis General Howe. 

Heads up this book is a Trilogy and it is definitely one of the best trilogies I have read.however the first trilogy that I read by this author is my ultimate favorite and it even beat out my favorite that was for over twenty years. The ultimate in my opinion is Wild Swan Trilogy! It is mesmerizing! 

America’s Wife is book 2 and it is based on the Revolutionary War. Addie and several of her brothers and her husband, Silas are for the Colonists and her father and brother and others are for the King of England.
This definitely has put a strain on the family dynamics. Specifically when her husband goes missing in one of the prisons.It seems those put in charge of the prisoners are getting rich by not giving them the food and things they are supposed to and the others look the other way for a price. The human decency leaves the soul in Wartime? 
Addie has suffered considerable losses within her family and she has to now decide whether or not to continue to follow those on the battlefield.

This book is an amazing example of what happens when family fights family. It also has depicted the deplorable conditions of the horrors American prisoners have to sustain in prison cells.

I can hardly wait to read Book 3! 

I received a free advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.m
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I did not read the first book in the series but absolutely loved this book anyway. The characters in this book are historically accurate and add to the story. Great story of love and loss and found love. This is a great read for historical fiction lovers.
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This was a good historical read. This is a continuation of the story from the previous book so you really need to read that first to get to grops with what is hapoening. It has fascibating historical detail and an interesting plot which keeps the story moving.
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America's Wife by Celeste De Blasis picks up where America's Daughter stopped. Addie and Silas have married and she and Tullia, her servant, are packing and closing up so they can follow Addie's brothers and husband who are in the continental army. You will follow the ups and downs of the army, get a close view of General Washington, and spend a winter with them at Valley Forge. 

When Siilas goes missing, Addie is determined to find him, but first she has to care for her twin brother, Ad, who has been seriously wounded. With the help of her Tory brother, Darius, and "her Scotsman", John Traverne, Addie travels to New York and searches for Silas, There are surprises, intrigue, and family love in every chapter.

There is a third novel coming out in the future. You definitely need to read these in order. I was able to read this on #NetGalley. The book is scheduled for release May 26.
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The second book in Celeste De Blasis' America's Daughter trilogy brings us fidgety into the war for independence in America.  Addie follows her husband and brothers on their journey.  She suffers great losses along the way and ends up spying and in love with a member of the opposition!  I love that Addie is a strong woman knowing her own mind during the 1770's.
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It's quite difficult for us in our modern-day world to imagine what things must have been like during the Revolutionary War where lives, transportation, communication, and living were so much rudimentary and curtailed. In this, the second installment of Celeste de Blasis ' America's Daughter's series, we find a continuation of the tale of the young woman, Addie, her brothers and the man, Silas, she married. This was a harrowing story as Addie faces the trials of being the wife of a Patriot as well as that of step sister to an avid Loyalist.

In this portion of the series, we follow Addie as she is determined to pursue her husband, Silas, her brothers and others in their struggle to battle the British. We receive accounts of the battles, the skirmishes, and of course the dead and dying as this war rages on. Addie is totally devoted to Silas, and because of her and her brothers standing in the rag tag force of Revolutionaries, she meets many of the names we know so well from history. The story presents one with an amazing portrait of the Washingtons, he so brave, stalwart and commanding, and Martha devoted to her husband and endeavoring to be by his side whenever possible. We met Lafayette, Hamilton, the generals both good and bad and the underlying idea that these people put their lives and sometimes their fortunes on the line to fight against tyranny and demand justice and freedom for this new country.

During the story, Silas is captured and the conditions under which the Americans were held and treated were deplorable. Addie, with help from her stepbrother and a dashing Scottish leader, find Silas and the couple is reunited for a time as Silas is desperately ill wrought with pain and death waits close by. Addie is once again called upon to display the courage and bravery of her character as she witnesses the atrocities not only of the war, but also the prisoner camps and ships they were confined to.

A good historical fiction book is one that is able to blend both historical facts with the fictional elements and along the way perhaps inspire you to be aware of little-known facts. This book was able to do just that filling its pages not only with the story of Addie and her family, but giving us very personalized insights into the lives of those who have come down to us through history. It is a story of comradely, love, and the ability to stand in the face of an overwhelming adversary and still be determined to win the fight. The scenes depicted are shocking and wretched, but the spirit of these men and women was bold, courageous, and indomitable.

If you love a story that depicts a time in America where courage and unflinching resole carried us onto victory, this series is one you will enjoy.
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this story.
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