The Captain Takes a Wife
By Doris Durbin
Published by Crossbooks
280 Pages Released Nov 2013

Back Cover: Sarah Franklin, a young teacher escaping an arranged marriage to a corrupt man, runs straight into the arms of Captain Harry Richardson as he prepares to board a train leaving Macon, Georgia, in 1875. She begs him to help her, and the captain soon finds himself in the midst of a ruse to hide her identity from her pursuers. When he impulsively kisses her in front of his amazed friends and some curious newspaper reporters, everything changes, and events soon spiral out of control.

Harry is a handsome man who carries his Bible and sidearm in a worn, leather valise. He fought on the side of the Confederacy until he was captured at Missionary Ridge; he spent time in a northern prison, but was released when he agreed to go west and fight the Indians with the U.S. Cavalry. Now that the war is over and he has earned his theology degree, Harry is looking forward to a new beginning as a circuit-riding preacher in the North Georgia Mountains. But first, he must survive the train trip, protecting a woman he barely knows and putting his life in jeopardy to battle a determined band of hired gunmen.

In this inspirational historical tale, a soldier-turned-minister learns that even if you’re starting a new life, there are some things you can’t leave behind.

REVIEW: “Robert had a bad feeling about the way things were working out.”…”How dare they threaten him?” …..

”I told you to get rid of the girl,” the boss spoke to Robert. “She’s a danger to us. She knows too much.”

This story quickly grabbed my attention. I instantly connected with these believable, larger than life characters and their crazy situation. The author swept me up into this time period of 1875 with suspense, surprises and a story filled with mystery, danger, intermingled with well-timed humor and fun times. I liked the fact that the story takes place in the North Georgia Mountains. I learned some history about places I’ve lived. I also liked that the spiritual element was naturally woven into the mix.

The story starts out with Sarah a school teacher running away from an arranged marriage. She gets to the train station and runs into Harry a new preacher and x-soldier. She explains her situation and asks for help. Harry’s military instincts kick in when he sees thugs out to harm Sarah. They both are surprised when they bump into Harry’s three loyal friends from college Walt, Martin and Max. They are all musicians. Harry played his fiddle with them through college. They were saying good bye to Harry when they noticed this beautiful girl on his arm. Who was she? They had to find out.
Another surprise meeting was with Ned; a man he fought with in the Confederate. All of his friends help out when bullets start to fly.

I enjoyed how the author packed so much into this 280 novel I couldn’t put down. She included 20 discussion questions to help create a lively discussion at your book club. She also includes a few recipes for you to choose from for snack that night. The author has included recipes for Leather Britches Beans, Japanese Fruit Cake and Icing and one for Tea Cake. The author talks about Sarah knitting a Triangle Shawl with Edge. She includes the pattern. This is the author’s debut novel. I look forward to reading more by her!

ABOUT AUTHOR: Doris Durbin was a high school librarian who sponsored a Writer's Club and produced a literary magazine for many years. Now that she has retired, she has time to devote to her new career as a writer. Hobbies include painting, spinning wool, and knitting. She is married to Ed Durbin, who taught history for 42 years and is her consultant for historical novels.

"The Captain Takes a Wife" is the first title of an intended series.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook sight. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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