Keowee Valley by Katherine Scott Crawford
Once again I love book reviewing. For all the titles I may read that I feel are just so so, every once in a while one comes along that grabs me, that makes me want more and more from the author. This was one of those reads. Unfortunately this is Katherine Scott Crawford's debut novel, which means I'll be waiting for more from her to read.
Set in the late 1700s in early America, with a heroine of Scottish ancestry and a hero of Irish blood and Cherokee blood, this novel was reminiscent of my beloved Outlander novels. It was also rich in the history of my home state- South Carolina- and the not very distant Blue Ridge Mountains.
Quin leaves her staid and stuffy life in Charleston to go to the frontier of the Blue Ridge Mountains to rescue her cousin who is held captive by Indians. She obtains the services of a half-breed tracker named Jack Wolf. Quin begins a new life in the foothills of the mountains, free from the conventions of Charleston. Her relationship with the enigmatic Wolf grows, even as the country is headed to war with England.
There were so many things I loved about this story. The setting in the early Americas; the history of my own area of the US; the wonderful, developed characters of Jack and Quin; the dynamic romance that springs up all combined made for very well-written, compelling story. My only disappointment was that I now have to wait to know more of the Quin and Jack's story.
I give this one a 5 star rating, and an R for content. There are a few intimate scenes.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.