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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
Backlash Bounty by Lori Power is set in 1813 and tells the thrilling adventure of British Captain Garrett McGuire and his beloved wife Bessy. While searching for Spanish treasure at the behest of Cornwallis to fund the Napoleonic war, Garrett and Bessy’s brother, First Mate Brian MacLeod, are captured by a Confederate American, Lieutenant Samuel Holden. The Americans take possession of Garrett’s precious ship, the Isle Sky, and imprison Garrett. One of Garrett’s men, Horace, travels to Boston to inform Bessy of his capture. Bessy puts her own life at risk to rescue her husband and is forced to travel through dangerous battle zones and rugged terrain, using her skills and expertise to outwit Garrett’s captors. Brian’s wife, Marie Kelly, stays behind to care for Bessy’s sons Mackenzie and Malcolm. With the help of Benge, one of the four Iroquois he’d helped escape the prison, Garrett and Bessy have a chance to begin a new life – until Bessy is accused of being a spy and is forced to flee with her family, leaving Garrett behind.
Author Lori Power combines action, romance, and suspense in her novel Backlash Bounty. The story is a real page-turner from beginning to end, keeping the reader enthralled as Bessy makes her way to her man. The interesting array of characters is all well described and easy to relate to including the military personnel and Bessy’s family. Locations are clearly depicted and help the reader to form a visual of each scene from Garrett’s ship to their home and the various environments in which Bessy finds herself. I especially enjoyed Lori’s form of writing; fast-paced and descriptive. There are enough characters to create an exceptional story but not so many that the reader starts to lose track of everyone. All-round, a great book with all the elements of an award-winning novel.