Review: Courting the Corporal by Heather McCorkle

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Publisher: Lyrical Press (June 27, 2017)

From The Civil War has ended, but for Corporal Patrick “Rick” Fergusson the battle rages on. Still haunted by what he witnessed on the battlefield, the earnest Irishman is heading west, seeking only to be free of the past. His services are in high demand; wealthy East Coasters in need of escort clamor to join him on the journey. But one client, a beautiful lady named Cat, disturbs Rick’s newfound equilibrium.

High society widow Catriona O’Brian is anxious to get to California, even if it means traveling with the handsome corporal who seems to dislike her so. Cat no longer seeks marriage; she has pinned all her hopes on making it to the west coast and starting her own winery. Between the elements, wild animals, and hostile natives, however, everything seems to be conspiring against her. Time and again, Rick comes to her rescue. And soon, the independent lass discovers that her biggest obstacle may be the longing of her own traitorous heart . . .


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Let me begin by saying that when I requested this novel, I did not realize it was book two in a series. Nor did I realize that I had already read, and enjoyed, book one. That being said, you don't have to have read the first story in order for this one to make sense. This story is just as engaging as a stand alone. 
I adored watching Rick and Cat find their way to romance while traversing the long and dangerous route from New York to California. It was a real treat seeing them break the mold that the other had cast them into. I enjoyed the elements of danger that appeared as well in the form of Native Americans and dangerous weather. The author has a definite gift of being able to draw the reader in and allow us to visualize the events as they happen.  I do wish we had seen more of what happened once they actually reached California however, in that aspect the ending seemed rather rushed, but overall it was a well-written story that I believe will appeal to those who enjoy well written stories that take place just after the Civil War. I will definitely read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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