In 1758 the Pennsylvania frontier is wild, primitive and dangerous, where safety often lies at the end of a gun. Mara Dupré's life crumbles when a French and Indian war party attacks her cabin, kills her husband, and takes her captive. Marching through the wilderness strengthens her resolve to flee, but she doesn't count on her captor teaching her the meaning of courage and the tempting call of desire.
French lieutenant Jacques Corbeau's desire for his captive threatens what little honor he has left. But when Mara desperately offers herself to him in exchange for her freedom, he finds the strength to refuse and reclaims his lost self-respect. As the shadows of his past catch up to him, Jacques realizes that Mara, despite the odds, is the one true key to reclaiming his soul and banishing his past misdeeds forever.
(Previously published by Amber Quill Press)
Nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Small Press Romance, 2003
2002 Lories Contest, 2nd Place, Historical Category
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4 1/2 Stars and TOP PICK from Romantic Times!
"The frontiers of Pennsylvania are not for the faint of heart, as Mara Dupré and her husband of five years, Emile, discover. Mara, whose parents are dead and whose brother, Gideon, is serving in the English army, married Emile so she would not be alone. But when a French raiding party led by Jacques Corbeau kills Emile, Mara becomes Jacques's captive... Jacques and Mara travel to Quebec after the destruction of Fort Duquesne, and their journey quickly becomes more than just escape. It is a time of discovery, love, healing, growth, forgiveness and sacrifice for the greater good. Though this is not a favorite time period of mine, I was captivated and read Ms McLaughlin's tale in one sitting. The characters are believable and well drawn, the research is impeccable and the description of the pristine wilderness breathtaking." Deborah Brent, Romantic Times
"ROGUE'S HOSTAGE is a fantastic journey!
From the wilds of frontier America to the bustling streets of old Quebec City, Ms. McLaughlin pens a tale so gripping that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. War is a bloody topic, but the author conveyed its intensity without gory details. Historically, this story gives readers another side of the French and Indian War, a side that shows how horrifying it was for the people. Excellent research and well-drawn characters are the high points of this incredible novel.
Reminiscent of THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS but with an even more personal touch, ROGUE'S HOSTAGE is a must read book for lovers of adventure and romance." - Jani Brooks, Romance Reviews Today
"4 1/2 Stars!..."A wonderful story. It was obviously well researched as well. I fell in love with the characters and struggled along with them as they sought to understand their feelings for each other. I would highly recommend picking this book up. You won't regret it." - Melissa M. Curran, Scribes World
4 Roses from A Romance Review... " ...rich in plot and character development"
"...a potent and magnificent read... This author has painstakingly done her research and manages to convey it in a fascinating and descriptive style that one can envision and remember for a long time to come! Great read!" - Viviane Crystal, Crystal Reviews
"Terrific - very compelling and dramatic. I really got wrapped up in the story and characters." Best-selling Author, Suzanne Forster
"A wonderfully romantic tale, rich in love, intricately woven with historical detail. A story definitely on a par with THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS." - Catherine Snodgrass, Award-Winning Author
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