Great Story in Rose's Pledge!
This review is for the novel "Rose's Pledge" by Sally Laity and Dianna Crawford.
It is the first book in the 'Daughters of Harwood House' series.
I picked this book because I am a fan of historical fiction and was hoping for a good story. My hope was not in vain as the good story was definitely delivered upon.
If you are a fan of good writing and historical stories then this book is for you!
Rose Harwood comes from a rather well-to-do family in England. Her father is a well known jewelry maker, but when a frequent customer of his dies and leaves a rather large debt completely unpaid, the Harwood's are on the brink of financial ruin.
Debtors prison is only a few hours away for Rose's father so she does the unthinkable. Packing up every single nice item that her mother once loving placed in their home, she hurries to the docks to try to make at least some of the money her father owes. Coming up short with even the smallest amount they will take in payment towards the very large debt, Rose sells herself into indentured slavery.
Feeling that they cannot stay in town any longer and refusing to let Rose go alone, her sisters volunteer to be sold as well to help the family try to save their home and business.
The sea captain they sail with has agreed to sale all three sisters as a family once they reach the American territories but he is not a man that honors his word and separation for them is inevitable.
Rose finds herself thrust 300 miles into Indian territory with the only other white person being the old man who bought her as a cook. Her only hope in getting out of this desperate situation lies with a frontiersman named Nate Kinyon who tried to talk the older man out of dragging her to such a dangerous location.
Striking a bargain with Rose's owner, he strikes out to make the money he needs to purchase Rose's indenture from him and see her safely back to civilization.
What no one accounted for was a sickly employer, a hostile wife and an orphan thrust upon Rose's care.
I really liked how the authors thrust the sisters into the middle of the story as well. I wasn't expecting them to be part of the indenture deal and it helped create a more interesting story line. I would have liked to see maybe a bit more about what was going on with them in their homes while Rose was in the wilderness though.
Hope you all are having a great week!
*Note* I received a free copy of this book from Barbour in exchange for a review. I am not required to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.