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The Covert Captain
Nathaniel Fleming, veteran of Waterloo, falls in love with his Major's spinster sister, Harriet. But Nathaniel is not what he seems, and before the wedding, the truth will out... Eleanor Charlotte Fleming, forgotten daughter of a minor baronet, stakes her life on a deception and makes her name—if not her fortune—on the battlefield. Her war at an end, she returns to England as Captain Nathaniel Fleming and wants nothing more than peace, quiet, and the company of horses. Instead, Captain Fleming meets Harriet. Harriet has averted the calamity of matrimony for a decade, cares little for the cut of her gowns, and is really rather clever. Falling in love is not a turn of the cards either of them expected. Harriet accepts Captain Fleming, but will she accept Eleanor? Along the way, there are ballrooms, stillrooms, mollyhouses, society intrigue, and sundering circumstance.
Ferreira’s smart, sexy Regency romance features a bravura cross-dressing heroine. Capt. Nora “Nathaniel” Flemming, who took her brother’s identity to become a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, meets and falls in love with her commanding officer’s sister, Harriet Sherbourne. Harriet is determined to remain unmarried after each of her three sisters died in childbirth. The two fall in love despite class differences between them that create tension within Harriet’s family. Harriet is an elegant lady; Flemming breaks horses for her brother as a peacetime profession. When Harriet learns Flemming’s secret, she’s initially distressed, but soon she learns to love Nora just as she had Nathaniel. Their forbidden love story is set against an exceedingly detailed historical Britain that will delight history buffs but overwhelm a casual reader. Frequent perspective jumps muddle the chain of events, but there’s much to enjoy nonetheless. (BookLife)