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THE REBEL AND THE LADY
KATHRYN ALBRIGHT
ISBN# N/A
September 2008
Harlequin
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Paperback
Price Unavailable
293 pages
Historical Fiction
Rating: 5 Cups

Victoria Torrez has been sent to stay with her cousin Juan after the Mexican president, Santa Anna, takes over her family ranch. Though she does not want to leave her parents, she knows that this may be the only way in which to warn Juan, who lives in San Antonio de Béxar.

Jake Dumont cares nothing for the war that is being fought in Tejas. He is there for only one reason, to find his brother Brandon. Arriving in San Antonio, he learns that his brother left days earlier and he has just missed him. He has a choice; he can stay and wait, or he can leave to find his brother. After meeting Victoria, he knows he has no choice but to stay.

Jake is immediately taken with Victoria. At first all he wants is to flirt with her and perhaps get a kiss. Victoria has never felt about a man like she feels about Jake. But they are from two very different worlds. She also thinks that he is selfish and is only thinking of himself by not offering to fight for the land she so loves. He only stays to fight to keep her safe. Once the siege on the Alamo begins, Jake urges Victoria to leave when Santa Anna offers safe passage to those Texicans who wish to leave. Once he sees her safely away, he follows, but only to make sure she is safe before he continues his search for his brother. Torn between what she knows is right and the love she has for Jake, will Victoria be able to have the man she loves, or will the war take him from her?

Sweet, romantic, and full of adventure, Ms. Albright brings the story of the Alamo to her readers and gives us a behind the scenes look into what may have actually happened during the weeks before and after. Ms. Albright has perfectly described the loyalty felt by many during that very trying period in our history. I was not able to tear myself away from this book. Ms. Albright has done her research into the history of the Alamo very well indeed. I could almost imagine I was there from her vivid descriptions. I also loved the fact that she incorporated Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie into her story. This is an author that truly brings the past to life and I look forward to reading more of her wonderful writing.

Liadan
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