England 1643: Deliverance Felton has been left to defend her home, Kinton Lacy Castle in a time of civil war. She can shoot and wield a sword as well as any man and anything she needs to know about siege warfare she has learned from a book...but no book can prepare her for what is to come.
Everything Captain Luke Collyer knows about siege warfare - and women - he has learned from experience. When he is sent by Sir John Felton to defend Kinton Lacy Castle against the Royalists, he will be up against a formidable force.
He had not reckoned on that force being Sir John’s daughter, Deliverance.
Deliverance will not give up her command lightly and Luke will have to face a challenge to his authority as fierce as the cavalier foe outside the walls.
As betrayal surfaces, they must learn to trust each other and uncover the traitor within the castle walls before it is too late for the castle... or their hearts.
(previously published as Claiming The Rebel's Heart)
Deliverance Felton is a crack shot as well as a book-smart student of military maneuvers. Her family is siding with Parliament against the king in England’s 1643 civil war. Headstrong with her success at defending the family home in her father’s absence, Deliverance bristles when Capt. Luke Collyer appears on her doorstep, ordered by her father to help her out. But the royalists are armed with the massive Thunderer cannon, so Deliverance accepts Luke’s garrison, and soon they are in love, their furtive, romantic trysts a pleasant distraction from ongoing attacks. Enamored, Luke declares Deliverance his equal, but she’s actually considerably better than that. He is stalled at captain’s rank and loves wine, women, and gambling; Deliverance is whip-smart and running a castle like a CEO, even when that means contending with treachery and danger. Though Stuart falls short at times, such as with her less than incisive character portrayals, her robust display of military and historical knowledge helps compensate. (BookLife)