Brave in Heart by Emma Barry – Time after Time Historical Romance Bundle

Today, is another author from the Historical Romance Bundle Time after Time from Crimson Romance, Emma Barry.

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“I wish to end our engagement”: with that declaration, Margaret Hampton chooses a life of integrity over one with love. Knowing her passionate but frozen fiancé Theodore Ward submits too much to the will of others, she rejects the compromised marriage he offers for a small but honest life as a spinster teacher. Theo is heartbroken, but as usual, he accepts someone else’s decision without struggle, retreating further into himself.
Two years later, as the American Civil War starts, Theo sees Margaret and pursues her again. The war seems like the fulfillment of all his passions—one that he badly misjudges. With a martial drumbeat in the background, is Theo finally willing to change? And is Margaret willing to pay the cost for everything she ever wanted?
Part second-chance-at-love story and part searing war memoir, Brave in Heart is a fast-paced but true-to-period historical romance about change and forgiveness, bravery and loss, and finding the strength to act.

Excerpt:

That smile! She could feel it like a caress running down her body from crown to toe. But she would not let him distract her thus. She asked, “Why did you ask me to dance?”

“Because I saw you and couldn’t put you from my mind,” he said, as if it were the most natural and uncontroversial thing in the world.

“But why now?”

“That’s two questions.”

It was as if he had cast a spell over her. She could not look away. Margaret knew they were much too close. With the heat of the crowd and the intensity of Theo’s eyes, long-dead memories came thronging back to her. She remember when he first pulled her into his arms, in a dark hallway off the Smith’s parlor, and pressed his lips to hers. It was a brief kiss. Artless, compared to some they would later share. Oh, but she had thought she might expire from happiness. Theo Ward wanted her. Loved her.

She felt a blush creep into her cheeks at the thought, mirroring the flush on his face. Was he remembering the same moment? This was madness.

Somehow her feet produced the right steps. Somehow they avoided colliding with other couples. Somehow she restrained herself from committing any more serious breach of decorum. When the dance was finished, they clapped politely and Theo offered her his arm to lead her from the floor. When they reached the edge, he took her hand and stared down at it for a long moment. He raised it to his mouth and brushed his lips over her knuckles.

Theo murmured, “Why now? Because it’s time.” He pressed her hand to his mouth firmly a second time before releasing it and then whispering, “Until next Saturday, Miss Hampton.”

Reviews:

“suggests the ordinary heroism to be found in endurance, perseverance, and constancy…The epistolary sections of the book are fiercely and beautifully written” – Badass Romance

“…a charming story of love redeemed…highly recommend” – Chick Lit Reviews and News

“I really enjoyed this book. …. The story is so great.” – In Love with Romance

“Miss Bates…urges you to read…Let [her] say only that the sprigged hanky was soaked” – Miss Bates Reads Romance

“Miss Barry does an excellent job of showcasing the Civil War and how it affected everyone at the time.  She made me feel like I was there and a part of the war well reading Theo and Margaret’s letters.” – The Reading Cafe

 

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EmmaAuthor bio:
Emma Barry is a novelist and full-time mama and graduate student. She is the author of Brave in Heart, a historical romance set during the American Civil War, and Special Interests, a contemporary romance about political staffers. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves hugs from her toddler twins, her husband’s cooking, her cat’s whiskers, and Earl Grey tea.
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