is at the inauguration of her cousin Ulysses Grant the night
she finds out the fate her guardians have in store for her.
She is to marry a lecherous, potential congressman who is old
enough to be her father. This causes her to overindulge in
wine and sleep ‘like the dead’.
Chase Brooks is done with marriage, and love in general after
the way his last marriage turned out. While at the
inauguration he imbibes in a bit too much whisky. When he
wakes up the next morning in bed with a lovely young woman he
doesn’t know how she got there, but is determined to believe
the worst in her. As the Army is the only home he has known
he will marry her rather than give up his commission.
this the opportunity she has always wanted. Despite the
conviction by her husband she thinks that she will be fine as
an Army wife. It doesn’t even bother her that the troops her
husband commands are all Negro soldiers, which is uncommon.
She convinces Chase to not make her stay behind. She is
desperately attracted to him but, knows that she must let
things take their own course if she is to win his heart.
While life is tough on the outpost she makes a good friend and
is doing things to make her life fulfilled. She only hopes
that her husband will come to love her has she does him.
Calvary Wife is an intriguing blend of romance and a
potential link to those in history. The author takes the time
to develop a world that revolves around actual characters from
the time after the Civil War and how others might have
interacted with them, but had their own struggles. I loved
how Callie uses the ‘back bone’ she has always hidden to stick
up for what she believes in and to get what she really wants.
I was drawn into The Calvary Wife at the very
beginning and had a very hard time putting it down. Therefore
this is one of my September Recommended Reads and I look
forward to other offerings from this author, especially in