Book Review: One Wore Blue by Heather Graham

One Wore Blue #historical #romance #civilwarHER REBEL SPIRIT DEFIED HIS YANKEE SOUL

She was velvet and silk, emerald eyes and sunstruck hair, Kiernan Miller had married one man to protect her from another. She hated Jesse Cameron with a fierce passion. But she was a widow now, and he was the enemy at her door, come with weapons of fire to melt her icy heart …

HIS TRAITOR’S TOUCH IGNITED RAGING PASSIONS

He wore a Yankee uniform with inimitable Southern style, as true to the Union cause as he was treasonous to his rebel roots. Even as war engulfed them all, he would find his greatest adversary in the beauty who’d branded him a traitor, the woman he was born to possess

Received in ebook format from www.netgalley.com.

This novel is set during the American Civil War and I believe one (the first?)  in a trilogy about the Camerons, who are wealthy Virginia plantation family, along with some of the people they grow up with – such as Kiernan Mackay. Most of this novel is told from the point of view of Kiernan, who has grown up motherless, and therefore the apple of her father’s eye and able to get away with more than other women of her class and age. She has become spirited and beautiful and has loved the oldest Cameron brother, Jesse, for most of her life.  

The Camerons find their loyalties divided when the Civil War breaks out. Jesse and Kiernan end up as lovers, only to find themselves on opposite sides of the divide  when Virginia secedes from the Union. Neither is willing to compromise on their convictions.

Jesse, who trained to be a doctor  and has joined the army, leaves Kiernan behind in the little town of Harper’s Ferry, which is about to find itself in the middle of a tug-of-war between the Union and the Confederacy. She marries Anthony Millar, on his way to fight, who gets killed before the marriage gets very far. Over the next few years, war throws Jessie and Kiernan back together, which means both of them begin to question their ideals, their loyalities, and their feelings for each other.

The book has an interesting plot setting in that it starts with the threatened burning of Kiernan’s house – to be interrupted by Jesse’s timely arrival. It immediately slips back a few years previously to help set up Kiernan’s relationship both with Jesse and her husband Anthony.

There are several sex scenes, of a relatively explicit nature, all outside of marriage, so this book is to be avoided if these scenes are not enjoyed.  Kiernan in particular is a bit more headstrong than I like – not sure she compares particularly well to Scarlett O’Hara.

In Summary: I did enjoy this book, it has an advantage of not being entirely formulaic in structure or story line, and the primary characters are interesting if not entirely likeable

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