Four years after a near fatal blunder uproots her from her home and inheritance, Anne Darvey, daughter of the Marquess of Esterleigh, finds herself an indentured servant on a farm near Fort Edward in New York, as the British army advances toward Albany. Driven by guilt over the pain she has caused her father and grief over her lover’s death, she sets out to deliver a message. The consequences lead to the discovery that all is not as it seems, and sets in motion events that lead to love and danger. Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution, Courting the Devil is the second book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from her childhood in the rural English countryside, to London society, and into the center of the American Revolution.
About the Author
As a child Kathy wanted to be a writer when she grew up. She also wanted to act on the stage. After receiving an MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts and playing the part of starving young artist in New York, she taught theater classes at a small college in the Mid-West before returning home to the East Coast, where over the years, she and her husband raised two kids and an assortment of dogs. During stints in advertising, children’s media publishing, and education reform in the former Soviet Unions, she wrote whenever she could. Her love of early American history has its roots in family vacations up and down the East Coast visiting old forts and battlefields and places such as Williamsburg, Mystic Sea Port, and Sturbridge Village. During this time, she daydreamed in high school history classes, imagining the everyday people behind all the dates and conflicts and how they lived. Claiming her best ideas are born of dreams, Kathy has written a number of stories over the years. Her first published novel, Winter Fire, a 1998 Golden Heart finalist in historical romance, was reissued in 2010 by Books We Love, Ltd., which also released Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter, Courting the Devil, and The Partisan’s Wife. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, photography, genealogy, playing “ball” with the dogs, and rooting on her favorite sports teams.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Tours for an honest review This is my second book by Kathy Fischer-Brown and I'm glad that I enjoyed it as much as "Winter Fire." Her writing is engaging and the story line flows. The heroine in this story, Anne Darvey, was a great character. The historical setting is the American Revolution and although this is the second book in the Trilogy I read it as a stand alone. I didn't feel that I missed out on any essential parts of the story. Although there are parts of Anne's story that are told in the first book, I essentially understood that Anne was sent to the U.S as an indentured servant despite the fact that she is the daughter of and English Lord. Anne is sent to live on a farm which is right in the middle of the conflicts that are facing the U.S during this time period. Anne is determined to find her lost love whom she was separated from previously. I loved Anne's bravery and her determination, although it was obvious that she was dealt some very unexpected turns in her life she never lost focused on her goal. I know that I would have benefited more form the story if I read all books in the trilogy that is why I will add the other two to my to-read list. If you're looking for a book that delivers a strong heroine, great history (American Revolution/ turmoil of the soldiers and the American Indians) this is a perfect read for you. I really enjoyed Fischer-Brown's writing and the entertaining plot she created. Great read and great adventure.
In the second book of the trilogy "Courting the Devil", the author picks up where the first book leaves off. As in the first book, the characters are developed well and the action is non stop. With another cliffhanger at the end, I'm looking forward to what happens next. I do have to say that I really liked this book much better than the first as it move more smoothly and the characters were more likable. Recommended for all suspenseful historical romance fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.