So Rare a Gift

So Rare a Gift

Escape is Anna Rone’s only option. Never again will she be trapped in a loveless marriage. A new life in America means safety—and discovering the truth behind her beloved brother’s death. But when she is nearly captured and forced to return to England, her vow to never marry for anything but love is forgotten when she must marry for protection. Perhaps the handsome man she...

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Title:So Rare a Gift
Author:Amber Lynn Perry
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So Rare a Gift Reviews

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    Tensions are at an all-time high as the Revolutionary War gets underway in So Rare a Gift. Instead of a history lesson of battles and politics, we are treated to an intimate story of two individuals who are in the midst of their own trials during this turbulent period, being hunted by personal adversaries. Anna and Henry both have reasons to disdain marriage, but the characteristics they witness in each other give them hope that their situations can be redeemed if they unite forces. I loved how

    Tensions are at an all-time high as the Revolutionary War gets underway in So Rare a Gift. Instead of a history lesson of battles and politics, we are treated to an intimate story of two individuals who are in the midst of their own trials during this turbulent period, being hunted by personal adversaries. Anna and Henry both have reasons to disdain marriage, but the characteristics they witness in each other give them hope that their situations can be redeemed if they unite forces. I loved how they grew closer together as they supported, protected, and even surprised each other. They share several sweet moments as their attraction and passion grows even though their marriage is one of convenience. They both quickly become loyal to the Patriot cause and do what they can to aid the citizens in nearby towns who are being persecuted. My favorite quote from the book is one that I feel applies to us today as well as we take a stand for what we believe is right:

    "There will come a time when we will be called upon to act in defense of the cause we believe in. That time has come, and we were made for it."

    The suspense is heightened as the perspective of the men stalking Henry and Anna is shown briefly throughout the book and the action is steadily brought to a climax. The couples from the previous books in the series are present as friends of Henry but this can easily be read as a stand alone. I recommend reading them all though for maximum enjoyment ;) This is a book that will be loved by fans of historical fiction and inspirational romance! I was also thrilled to learn that the author has two more books planned for the series and I can't wait to see what is in store for the characters during this amazing time in our country's history.

    (Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    If you enjoy reading about Colonial America and you have not discovered Amber Lynn Perry’s books yet, you are seriously missing out! If you love a good marriage-of-convenience plot, no matter the setting, then you must hasten to get your hands on a copy of her latest novel, So Rare A Gift.

    Hasten.

    Because while So Rare A Gift is rich with setting and history, Henry’s and Anna’s story is timeless and Perry’s writing captivates. Her skillful turn of a phrase conveys poignant depth of meaning in a fe

    If you enjoy reading about Colonial America and you have not discovered Amber Lynn Perry’s books yet, you are seriously missing out! If you love a good marriage-of-convenience plot, no matter the setting, then you must hasten to get your hands on a copy of her latest novel, So Rare A Gift.

    Hasten.

    Because while So Rare A Gift is rich with setting and history, Henry’s and Anna’s story is timeless and Perry’s writing captivates. Her skillful turn of a phrase conveys poignant depth of meaning in a few poetically-placed words, and her sense of timing is perfection. Fans of Laura Frantz, Lori Benton and Michelle Griep will feel right at home in the pages of Amber Lynn Perry’s books.

    Henry and Anna are thrust into a marriage of convenience after the intersection of their respective escapes from their respective pursuers. Tensions are high between them – as they adjust to each other – and around them – as they and their friends gear up to resist the British. And of course, they both remain on guard for fear of discovery. Taking on their new identities – their new lives – is not as easy as they would hope and here Perry injects into the story touches of humor as well as moments of fantastic romantic chemistry.

    Speaking of chemistry… when Henry/William thinks to himself “Hang the party” because he’s smooching Anna quite passionately and he’d rather stay home and “experiment on the desires that roared inside him“… I may have had to break out my fan! You’ll have to read it for context, but Henry makes a quite yummy leading man. Just sayin. And this line – “In that look, that moment, he said a hundred things…” had me swooning all over again for different reasons.

    And that last chapter? For this book, make sure you have both your fan and a trusty handkerchief nearby.

    “…you once said that there will come a time when we will be called upon to act in defense of the cause we believe in. That time has come, and we were made for it.”

    Bottom Line: You need this book in your life. Particularly if you are first in line to buy Laura Frantz’s or Lori Benton’s books. (Side note: You can certainly this book as a stand-alone, but you will probably best appreciate it when read in the context of the previous two novels in this series.) In So Rare A Gift, Amber Lynn Perry takes a tumultuous period in history, a handful of heroes, a marriage of convenience, and a bad guy in need of some serious anger management and she weaves them beautifully into an exquisite story of hope and freedom and courage. Inspiring us all to live truth fearlessly, these characters will be with me for a while yet to come.

    (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)

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  • Meghan Gorecki

    Amber has gifted the world with a Revolutionary War era epic in So Rare a Gift. Dangers from both Anna Rone and Henry Donaldson's pasts--and their present--haunt and threaten to destroy the tenuous existence and trust they've managed to forge by fire as slowly but surely they begin to reveal their true selves. With a deftness not often attempted in the genre much less set during the Revolutionary War, Amber weaves such a riveting plot and mystery filled to the brim with intricacies, light suspen

    Amber has gifted the world with a Revolutionary War era epic in So Rare a Gift. Dangers from both Anna Rone and Henry Donaldson's pasts--and their present--haunt and threaten to destroy the tenuous existence and trust they've managed to forge by fire as slowly but surely they begin to reveal their true selves. With a deftness not often attempted in the genre much less set during the Revolutionary War, Amber weaves such a riveting plot and mystery filled to the brim with intricacies, light suspense and colored with the burgeoning romance of Anna and Henry. Their romance--a beautiful picture of what many couples learn within marriage, but what these characters were forced swiftly to learn right after their first meeting and subsequent marriage. Give and take. Trust. And working side by side, equally together. I so appreciated that particular detail Amber included in the romance of her third novel--the equality and subtly complementary nature of Anna and Henry in each other's eyes. It's a difficult thing to balance in fiction, those two qualities in a romance, much less in real life--but SO well done. The ending, oh the ending. So fitting--and suspenseful--I hated to leave Anna and Henry but it was such a satisfying ending.

    You will be kept up late turning page after page wondering what will happen, what truths will come to light and if Anna and Henry will make it through. With an artistic, gently-lyrical prose and strong faith woven through out, this novel is one that leaves a lasting impression.

  • Katie W

    One of my favorite book tropes is a marriage of convenience, especially when there is a spark of attraction there. Add to that, a hint of danger and the story is very intriguing.

    Anna finds herself in an impossible situation and decides to accept the marriage proposal from a kind stranger. Henry has just assumed a new identity for safety purposes, but that doesn't affect who he really is on the inside. I love the bravery shown by each character and the way they gradually come to fan the flames o

    One of my favorite book tropes is a marriage of convenience, especially when there is a spark of attraction there. Add to that, a hint of danger and the story is very intriguing.

    Anna finds herself in an impossible situation and decides to accept the marriage proposal from a kind stranger. Henry has just assumed a new identity for safety purposes, but that doesn't affect who he really is on the inside. I love the bravery shown by each character and the way they gradually come to fan the flames of their mutual attraction. The romance is sweet and tender, yet has a few sparks that at times made me swoon. And I love to swoon! I found myself almost wishing to have been placed in a situation such as this, but I don't think I could handle the peril.

    This author truly has a talent for telling a tale, while engaging the reader. I honestly haven't read a lot of books set in this time period and felt that I learned some history along with being entertained and I really enjoyed every page.

    I'm reading these books out of order, but it doesn't really matter--they can stand alone. The integrity of the characters, as well as the way they handle the precarious situations that they find themselves in makes it worth the time invested in reading this series.

    Content: mild+ religious elements; mild+ romance.

    *I received a copy from the author, which did not affect my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

  • Noela

    The privileged reader of ‘So Rare a Gift’ will find themselves swept up in this unforgettable tale of valor and zeal, secrets and lies, and deadly revenge. A romance intensely heartfelt and tender amongst the angst, somehow softens the birth pangs of a young America as tensions and skirmishes escalate prior to the War of Independence. But the conflict is all too close to home and heart in this stunning novel.

    Fleeing another loveless marriage that’s to be forced upon her, Anna Rone escapes to Ame

    The privileged reader of ‘So Rare a Gift’ will find themselves swept up in this unforgettable tale of valor and zeal, secrets and lies, and deadly revenge. A romance intensely heartfelt and tender amongst the angst, somehow softens the birth pangs of a young America as tensions and skirmishes escalate prior to the War of Independence. But the conflict is all too close to home and heart in this stunning novel.

    Fleeing another loveless marriage that’s to be forced upon her, Anna Rone escapes to America with plans to seek out the truth behind her beloved brother’s death. Trouble follows her from England however, and Anna finds it necessary to marry a man she’s known for but a few days, that she may find security in this new land. For someone who’d vowed to marry only for love next time, she enters into this union fearful but hanging onto the glimmer of hope her new husband is truly a kind man.

    Captain Henry Donaldson is hunted by the British army for helping the colonists. One man in particular is especially intent on his demise and will go to any lengths to see that happen. Henry’s patriot friends in Sandwich recommend he marry to blend in further to the community, and so with the agreement of Anna, the lovely but mysterious woman he rescued recently, he weds her. Keeping his past a secret from Anna and everyone except his closest friends, he goes by the name of William. Having been deeply betrayed by a woman he once loved, he silently vows to keep his heart protected. With so many secrets already between them, will they ever find the love and trust they desire? Or will their troubled pasts catch up to them, destroying what might have been?

    Plentiful in beautiful prose from beginning to end, the ink in author Amber Lynn Perry’s pen surely has been dipped in ingenuity—gifting the reader with exquisite writing and a sublime reading experience. ‘So Rare a Gift’ is a gift indeed—thrilling, passionate, exceptionally written, and with a timely message of not bowing to our fears. Highly recommended!

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