"A good romance"
He joined the army in the forties as a teen, but the
military never trained Captain Travis Rafferty on life as a
prisoner of war languishing in a Confederate Prison. He is
shocked that Meredith Carter, though niece to Dr.
Castleman, brings a poultice to help an ailing POW. When
the fevered soldier reveals to Meredith that the prisoners
are escaping through a tunnel, Rafferty reluctantly allows
her to leave. When the escape fails, Rafferty blames
Meredith for revealing their plan to his enemy and vows
Two years later, Travis catches up with Meredith and
accuses her of treason. She swears her innocence, but the
evidence is quite convincing. Riders arrive to murder
Meredith. Travis kills the attackers, but is wounded in
the battle. When he collapses, she stops his bleeding and
remains behind to heal him. A believer, Travis works even
harder than previously to uncover the real culprit who sent
the men to death yet implicated his beloved.
Fans of Reconstruction Era romances will take immense
pleasure in RAFFERTY'S BRIDE, a strong historical that
provides insight into the early post Civil War years. The
lead couple is a charming duo though fans will feel the
obsessive intensity of Travis that not even an editor would
dare cross him. The dedicated Meredith risks everything
during and after the hostilities to do what she believes is
the right thing for her patients. Mary Burton provides her
audience with a powerful look at the aftermath of the Civil
War on those who still endure the torment though the guns
are relatively silent.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 10, 2002