America's Wife by Celeste De Blasis
Book Review

Publication Date: May 26, 2021
Publisher: Bookouture
Series: America's Daughter Trilogy, Book 2
Format: ebook
Genre: Historical Fiction


1776. Addie’s world has changed beyond recognition. From her privileged position amongst Boston’s elite, she has embraced a dangerous new life with the American Revolutionary Army. While childhood sweetheart Silas risks all on the front lines, Addie waits anxiously for news. And when Silas does not return from the Battle of Monmouth, her worst fears come true.

Without thinking, Addie takes a horse and scours the now-calm battlefield for Silas, until word arrives that he has been captured by the British. And worse, by the troop of Scottish Highlanders led by the brooding general John Traverne. Addie hasn’t seen the powerfully built Loyalist soldier since she chose the Revolutionary cause over her own heart, and hearing his name sends butterflies to her stomach, even as she is filled with worry for Silas.

Disregarding her own safety, Addie leaves Washington’s camp and travels deep into enemy territory, determined to bring Silas home. But when she comes face to face with John Traverne once more, the feelings she has tried so hard to bury resurface and she must choose between the man she has pledged her life to, and the man whose dark eyes haunt her dreams. When Addie finally returns to her own camp, she carries a secret that could cost her everything she has fought for…

The second part of the spellbinding, emotional trilogy about enduring love and heartbreaking secrets amidst the birth of America. Readers who adored My Dear Hamilton and Flight of the Sparrow will love America’s Wife.

My Thoughts

Following the siege of Boston, the Continental Army has now relocated to defend New York. Addie follows to be reunited with her three brothers, Justin, Ad and Quentin, and her new husband, Silas. Justin and Ad are aides to General Washington; Quentin, the youngest of the siblings, is a fifer; and Silas is an artillery officer.

Addie's family consider sending her away to the relative safety of the Castleton plantation in Virginia, but she is adamant that she won't be separated from them no matter the hardships of remaining with the army. Every time her menfolk are deployed, Addie anxiously awaits their return.

On all their minds is the whereabouts of their older half-brother, Darius, a staunch Loyalist like their father. They fear their paths may cross in battle, a distinct possibility when they learn he has raised a troop of cavalry.

While winter quartering brings respite from the fighting, the weather, lack of vital supplies and poor morale take their toll. But there is also romance for one of the brothers.

When Silas goes missing after the Battle of Monmouth, Addie is determined to find him regardless of the dangers. She is prepared for anything, but not coming face to face with the Scottish Highlander, John Traverne, whose sadness and vulnerability touched her at their first meeting.

Celeste De Blasis has taken me on another roller coaster ride of emotions with her continuation of Addie's story. There are heartbreaking scenes aplenty, but these are tempered with many joyful ones. Addie remains strong and capable, sustained by the love and needs of her family, and hopefully she will remain so for what the future holds. Her story concludes in the final book of the trilogy, America's Promise.

Meet the Author

Millions of readers have fallen under the spell of the lush, enthralling and bestselling novels by Celeste De Blasis. Tales of adventure and romance set against the sweep of history—all are storytelling at its finest.

After graduating from Pomona College, Celeste devoted her life to impeccable research and spellbinding writing. A native Californian, Celeste grew up on the historic Kemper Campbell Ranch in the Mojave Desert, where she lived until her death in 2001.

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  1. I didn't know she was still writing! I certainly enjoyed her books long ago, even before I worked for Bantam, her then publisher. As this has a heroine from Boston, where I live, I will have to find this series.

    1. This new series was written before her death but never published. I enjoyed it but liked her Wild Swan Trilogy better.