The acclaimed author of such suspense classics as The Tears of Autumn and The Miernik Dossier brings us a unique period romance, set in early eighteenth-century Europe and New England featuring the ancestors of his recurring master-spy Paul Christopher.
Young, high-spirited Fanny has been fortunate in her civilized upbringing, but the London she has grown up in is riddled with danger and brutality. When a sinister stranger traps her family into debt in order to advance on Fanny, she is forced to take refuge in France, where she meets a young French soldier named Philippe de Saint-Christophe. Their paths will cross again in the New World, where the war between the English and the French is fought with the help of savage Indians on both sides. Together, Fanny and Philippe carve out a fierce, adventurous life in the vigorous, untamed wilderness.
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“It is almost as though Mr. McCarry had deliberately set out to prove that it is still possible to write for intelligent adults in the spirit of Scott or Dumas or James Fenimore Cooper…[McCarry] does justice to the majestic setting, and he invests his characters…with a sense of being keenly, intensely alive.”
New York Times