Lady Chloe Ashford detests going to balls, loathes social pretense, and finds the very idea of hunting for a husband obscene. But she has an even more scandalous secret: she once helped an American—the enemy—escape from Dartmoor Prison. Now, nearly three years later, Ross Trenerry is back—and in trouble again. So is her traitorous heart. He doesn’t know she’s the one responsible for sending him to a second prison, and she has no intention of telling him.
A former privateer, Ross has finally run out of his legendary luck. Only one woman lies between him and freedom. He desperately needs Chloe’s help to prove he hasn’t committed treason, but he’s distracted by the passion that flares between them.
They set out on a cross-country adventure together to prove Ross’s innocence, but peril soon dogs their heels. As they race to reach their appointed rendezvous on time, they must fight their growing attraction and focus on discovering who is behind this deadly plot. Will they finally admit their love and put the pieces together before it’s too late?
True as Fate is the second in The Ashford Chronicles by author Laurie Alice Eakes. And what a romantic adventure it was! This is Chloe Ashford and American privateer Ross Trenerry’s story. We have met both of them before in book one. We are now a couple of years out from the War of 1812 but Ross is branded as a traitor and cannot really go back to the States or stay on English soil due to someone’s machinations for revenge. As Ross fights to clear his name and save his life, he wants to see his love one more time. However, Chloe Ashford is set against him ruining her little sister’s chances for a good marriage and she herself harbors a love for him since his time in Dartmoor Prison.
So what’s a girl to do but try to help the love of her life prove his innocence and to right a wrong that she did to him, a terrible wrong that drives her to even risk her own life for him. As they travel through the countryside, trying to stay one step ahead of the bad men and her family, to make it to the rendezvous point before something worse befalls the Ashford family, Ross discovers how deep Chloe’s feelings and love for him go. But to him, she is not the sister that he has loved for years.
This novel broke my heart and achingly put the pieces back together while giving a tale of a grand adventure. I was so glad to read the continuing saga of the Ashford family and I am impatiently waiting for the next in the series. This was an unputdownable story, one that I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to read.
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author. I was not required to post a review positive or otherwise. All views and opinions are my own.