Freedom to Love

Freedom to Love

by Susanna Fraser

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Louisiana, 1815

Thérèse Bondurant trusted her parents to provide for her and her young half-sister, though they never wed due to laws against mixed-race marriage. But when both die of a fever, Thérèse learns her only inheritance is debt—and her father's promise that somewhere on his plantation lies a buried treasure. To save her own life—as well as that of her sister—she'll need to find it before her white cousins take possession of the land.

British officer Henry Farlow, dazed from a wound received in battle outside New Orleans, stumbles onto Thérèse's property out of necessity. But he stays because he's become captivated by her intelligence and beauty. It's thanks to Thérèse's tender care that he regains his strength just in time to fend off her cousin, inadvertently killing the would-be rapist in the process.

Though he risks being labeled a deserter, it's much more than a sense of duty that compels Henry to see the sisters to safety—far away from the scene of the crime. And Thérèse realizes she has come to rely on Henry for so much more than protection. On their journey to freedom in England, they must navigate a territory that's just as foreign to them both—love.

90,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426899447
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 01/05/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 469,857
File size: 402 KB

About the Author

Susanna Fraser has been writing since the age of 9. Her youthful efforts featured talking horses, but she now writes Regency-set historicals with a focus on the soldiers who fought the Napoleonic Wars.

A native of Alabama, she never lost her love for barbecue or stopped saying “y’all” as life took her to Philadelphia, England and Seattle, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

For more information on Susanna and her books, visit

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Freedom to Love 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Book_LoverVV More than 1 year ago
When I stumbled across Freedom to Love on Net-Galley, the book description drew me in. I had read A Christmas Reunion in October and enjoyed it immensely. I immediately requested this book and to my delight, the publisher approved my request for an honest review. Freedom to Love pulled me in from the first page when Henry Farlow awakens in the aftermath of the Battle of New Orleans with a hole in his side ‘cold mud beneath him and a dull gray sky above’.   Dozens of dead soldiers lay scattered around him and panic sets in. He must get away before the grim reaper realizes there is one still alive. He scrambles to his feet and stumbles into a nearby swamp. In a haze of pain, he wanders until he finds a creek to follow. He reaches what appears to be a deserted plantation. Gathering his strength he staggers into the slave quarters where he hears young female voices speaking a language that sounds similar to French, his mother’s native language. He drops to his knees, his hand held out in front of him, for the beautiful young woman has a pistol aimed at his head. Therese, a cuarterona and her mulatto half-sister Jeanette realize the handsome British soldier is badly wounded. After some bantering back and forth with Jeanette wanting her to shoot him because he has seen their treasure, Therese decides to help the injured man to the house and treat his wounds. For several days, his body is ravaged by fever, but Jeanette is a talented healer and he begins to slowly recover. When Therese’s cousin shows up to claim his property, the man attacks Jeanette. Henry defends her, but accidentally kills the man. This begins their mad dash to freedom across the south and to the hills of Tennessee and on to Canada, receiving help along the way from folks against slavery, then onto England.  Can the love Therese and Henry have found on their journey withstand the judgmental prejudice of his family if they find out that she is one-eighth African, or will it tear them apart forever? Freedom to Love deals with the issue of interracial marriage and the problems that can be created when races intertwine with delicacy and finesse. The love and acceptance that grows between Henry and Therese had me close to tears from the sheer beauty of it. It is so refreshing to read a story where the hero and heroine actually like each other from the beginning and the love grows out of mutual respect. I fell in love with the characters in this story. Each have their own distinct personality and are fully fleshed out, and not just the hero and the heroine. Jeanette plays an important role, and I feel that I grew to know her on a much deeper level than I normally do with a secondary character. What can I say, I loved this book and did not want it to end! I was intrigued by the amount of research Ms. Fraser must have done to write this compelling love story. Her historical detail brings the period to life. This is not the typical Regency romance where lords and ladies flirt and dance in beautiful gowns, which is the only thing historical about the book. This is a novel I could completely enmesh myself in a time long gone. If you enjoy historical romances with a little more depth, and one filled with sexual tension that makes you root for the couple to come together, and when they do, it is beautifully written with a great deal of genuine emotion, then do not want to miss Freedom to Love. I am sure you will enjoy this fantastic story as much as I have. Happy reading!
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Freedom to Love by Susanna Fraser is a delightfully entertaining historical romance filled with love and acceptance. The author draws the reader in with lush, vivid descriptions of the time period, Louisiana during the year 1815. I really enjoy reading historical romances and was excited to read one set in America. Thérèse Bondurant, a New Orleans resident of mixed race, recently discovered she has a younger half-sister, Jeannette, who is a slave. Since their father’s will didn’t secure Jeannette’s freedom, Thérèse determines that she must. Thérèse’s plans are uprooted when an injured English soldier, Henry Farlow, stumbles onto their plantation. Although anxious to help her sister, Thérèse can’t let Henry suffer and takes him in to tend to his injuries. Thérèse is thoroughly surprised by her attraction to Henry with his blond hair and blue eyes. When Thérèse’s cousin and his brother arrive to take possession of the plantation and Jeannette, unexpected circumstances arise, resulting in Henry killing Thérèse’s cousin. This turn of events sends Henry, Thérèse, and Jeannette on the run, and they hope to make it to Canada or England to guarantee Jeannette’s freedom. Henry doesn’t want to be considered a deserter, but he can’t leave Thérèse and Jeannette on their own either, which I adored about him. As a city girl, Thérèse has never left New Orleans and is unprepared for traveling through the American frontier on horseback. Practical, intelligent, and brave, Thérèse faces the unknown and all of the challenges that they encounter, which endeared her character to me. During their arduous journey, Henry and Thérèse’s feelings for each other deepen, and they each realize they are falling in love. Even though she is young, Jeannette is a feisty and insightful character who helps Thérèse realize the depth of her feelings for Henry. Being born of mixed race, Thérèse knows that American laws would not allow her to marry Henry. Fascinated by Thérèse’s intellect and beauty, Henry is taken aback by his growing feelings for her since he has never felt this way about a woman before. Since he has a secret to hide, Henry has always kept an emotional distance from the women in his life. Henry is terrified of anyone knowing that he is unable to read very well as the words seems to scramble on the page when he looks at them. Clever and quick thinking, Henry is not be deterred by American laws and suggests that they head toward Canada or England. If they are to marry, Thérèse is adamant about one thing—she wants everyone to know she is part African. Although Thérèse can pass as white, she refuses to live a lie, and much to Henry’s credit, he wouldn’t have it any other way. Thérèse really appreciates the man that Henry is so she couldn’t care less about his inability to read well. Henry and Thérèse truly accept each other as they are, which is a wonderful thing to see. But, when the happy couple reaches England to meet Henry’s family, life throws them a huge curve ball, altering their plans. Without giving too much away, I loved how Henry handles Thérèse’s fears and doubts about their future, making Henry the most amazing leading man. I adored Henry and Thérèse’s story so much that I stayed up w