Cloaked In Bravery by Tony Matthews is a historical romance story. It is the story of Christian Davies who lived from 1667 to 1739.
Christian chose a rather unusual life, disguising herself as a man, and joining the British military to search for her missing husband.
When her husband, Richard Welsh, doesn’t return from an errand, she presumes he has met foul play and been killed.
A year later she receives a letter from Richard. He accidently sailed to Holland with a regiment and with no money to return to England, he had no other choice than to join the army.
Christian leaves her family and life to go in search of her husband. This is when she first disguises herself as a man and becomes a foot soldier in Holland. She has no luck in finding him.
Christian never doubts her belief that Richard is alive and even though it is a decade since she saw him, she enlists to fight in the War of Spanish Succession 1701.
On finding her husband after such a long time — there were some complications!
Her exploits during her many years in the army are captivating. Some are humorous and many are dangerous.
When her disguise is discovered, it doesn’t deter her from remaining in the life she has chosen.
She showed courage, and initiative and made many friends and enemies. Christian had a very outgoing personality suited to army life.
The research used for this account of a little-known heroine is Christian’s own book of her memoirs and a book by Dr J Wilson an army surgeon who served in the European campaigns at the same time as her.
The historical details and the love and devotion Christian had for her husband make this an interesting read. You are captivated by the story to find out exactly what becomes of Richard and Christian as individuals and as a couple.
Lovers of history, strong women and unusual romances will enjoy this book.
Tony Matthews has written many other books about unusual and not well-known aspects of war.
The books mentioned at the end of Cloaked in Bravery sound rather interesting, and I will definitely be reading them too.
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