Two enemies who find a common goal... So Bright a Hope by Amber Lynn Perry (Review)

So Bright a Hope
(Daughters of His Kingdom #5)
By Amber Lynn Perry
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 403 Pages
December 14th 2018


When Caroline Whitney receives word that the brother she thought was dead is in fact a prisoner of war, she is frantic to rescue him. On the way to find help, she hides from the Redcoats, but is quickly discovered by a rugged British soldier who claims she must go with him, or be tried for espionage. The world would tell her this man is the enemy, but the veiled secrets in her captor’s eyes reveal he is more than he seems. If she fails to trust, more could be endangered than her life—her heart is bound to be broken a second time.

As a double agent in the service of Washington, British Captain James Higley must keep his true convictions a secret or face being killed as a traitor. On his newest mission, he discovers a courageous woman hiding in a barn, and is forced to capture her, or both their lives will be in jeopardy. When she offers her compliance in exchange for help in finding her brother, he accepts, despite his inner warnings. He must keep his distance from this alluring Patriot, or risk revealing not only his identity, but the true feelings of his heart.

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My Review

SO BRIGHT A HOPE is just that, a story about a hope for freedom and for family and love that is just bright enough that is drives these characters on as they fight for freedom. Set during the Revolutionary War between those on both sides of the battle makes for a suspenseful and intriguing read. However, what most endures the reader to this story are its two main characters who risk all to save those they love and fight for what they believe is right. Fans of the genre and of the series will find much to love in this story.

I frankly just adored these characters! Caroline is sweet, smart, and has quite a backbone. She can also be quite ferocious when she's fighting for what is hers. She was a little quick to act without thought and wasn't quite as worried about danger as I thought she should be, but otherwise, I really enjoyed getting to know her. James or Captain Higley was fabulous. He's a man you can't help but admire, while also fearing that he won't remain safe in the end. He's quite the gentleman and I loved his interactions with Caroline, but also with others who he calls friends. There are also cameos of characters from prior books in the series, for those who have read the other books and may be interested. I didn't read the other books, but I didn't have any issues following this story.

There were just a few things that didn't work for me. Some included the ease that the rebels' camps were overtaken and Caroline captured. As I mentioned, I also felt Caroline was a little too forward and fearless in some situations given the setting. And one other thing... some of the story dragged and there were areas that were fairly long-winded (like when some soldiers are in a line ready to be executed and then there are four plus pages of dialogue why they're standing there, which seemed overly dramatic and unrealistic). Otherwise, this was a very enjoyable story.

In the end, was it what I wished for? The inspirational element was present, but not overbearing, and was weaved through the story quite well. The setting kept things quite entertaining, while providing likable characters with a romance that was sweet with plenty of chemistry. An overall enjoyable story.

Content: Some innuendo and violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from JustRead Tours, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

A Pacific Northwest native, Amber Lynn Perry lives in Washington state with her husband and two daughters. She studied humanities at Portland State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree focused on art history. As a homeschooling mom, Amber spends much of her time teaching everything from Shakespeare to science.

When she isn’t crafting with her kids, making dinner or driving to dance classes, Amber is either reading or writing about her favorite time in American history. The Revolutionary era has captured her imagination from the time she was in middle school. Through her books, Amber hopes to not only give readers a glimpse into the past, but to instill in them a lasting love of liberty.

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