Book #2 in The Southold Chronicles, it is 1653 in the new world that is to eventually become Long Island, New York. Montaukett princess Heather Flower is kidnapped by a rival tribe. During the attack they also kill her new husband, Keme, and kidnap a number of other Montaukett women. Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren rescues Heather Flower, and quickly falls in love with her. Heather Flower is deeply wounded emotionally from her loss and the experience and goes to Southold to be with long time family friends and her aunt, focusing on recovery.
The conflict between the tribes, the Dutch, and the English settlers escalates and several of the prominent families struggle to navigate these new challenges as they create a new community. Heather Flower must decide between the Dutch Lieutenant and childhood friend Benjamin Horton, as they both try to win her heart.
This was an interesting read to me as I have not often read fiction set in this time period. However, I struggled with the romance portion of this story as the interactions seemed occasionally forced as well as inconsistent. For such a strong character as Heather Flower she waffles between the two, to the point that I questioned her thought process. Overall I feel lukewarm towards this book.
I received this book from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review.