In 1758 the Pennsylvania frontier is wild, primitive and dangerous, where safety often lies at the end of a gun. Mara Dupré’s life crumbles when a French and Indian war party attacks her cabin, kills her husband, and takes her captive. Marching through the wilderness strengthens her resolve to flee, but she doesn’t count on her captor teaching her the meaning of courage and the tempting call of desire.
French lieutenant Jacques Corbeau’s desire for his captive threatens what little honor he has left. But when Mara desperately offers herself to him in exchange for her freedom, he finds the strength to refuse and reclaims his lost self-respect. As the shadows of his past catch up to him, Jacques realizes that Mara, despite the odds, is the one true key to reclaiming his soul and banishing his past misdeeds forever.
Praise for Rogue’s Hostage
4 1/2 stars and a Top Pick from Romantic Times!
2nd Place—Lorie Awards—Best Historical Romance!
Romantic Times Nominee—Best Small Press Romance of 2003!
“The frontiers of Pennsylvania are not for the faint of heart, as Mara Dupré and her husband of five years, Emile, discover. Mara, whose parents are dead and whose brother, Gideon, is serving in the English army, married Emile so she would not be alone. But when a French raiding party led by Jacques Corbeau kills Emile, Mara becomes Jacques’s captive... Jacques and Mara travel to Quebec after the destruction of Fort Duquesne, and their journey quickly becomes more than just escape. It is a time of discovery, love, healing, growth, forgiveness and sacrifice for the greater good. Though this is not a favorite time period of mine, I was captivated and read Ms McLaughlin’s tale in one sitting. The characters are believable and well drawn, the research is impeccable and the description of the pristine wilderness breathtaking.” — Deborah Brent, Romantic Times