Misc. Historical Fiction. · Sagas

The Campaigners (#14) by Cynthia Harrod Eagles

“I shall come back for you, my Sophie, and we shall have a long and happy life together,”

There is something quite comforting about this saga. I can’t quite explain it.

To begin with, it looks to be just the story of James Morland trying to reclaim the rightful inheritance which belonged to his dead daughter Fanny. He is also trying to deal with the ensuing grief at the same time, but it seems he is not as interested in his family as he should be and he lets his grief get in the way, which nearly leads to disaster.

This book primarily covers the Battle of Waterloo, in the year 1815. From the get-go, you just know the Morland women are going to be affected by this when their soldier sweethearts march off to war and never come back.

Before the story reaches the depths of despair, it also deals with the debut into society of Sophie and Rosamund Morland, and the romances they deal with during those whirlwind weeks. Rosamund has to deal with conflicting feelings for her cousin Marcus against new romances she may be developing. Will her feelings be the same when it appears Marcus has a fashionable new society beauty on his arm?

The battle scenes are realistic and this book was very emotional because all the characters seemed very hopeful for the future but war and its resulting ruination swept it all away. In the story, I knew it was foolish to get emotionally attached to some of the characters, although I continued to do so. It just shows how truly masterful the saga is.

The fact that the book did not stray far beyond 1815 makes the characters seem far more multi-faceted as we spend more time with them. The author wants you to care about them.

MY RATING: **** / *****

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