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Susanna Moore can't get him out of her mind--the learned lieutenant who delivered the commission from Andrew Jackson making her father colonel of the Cherokee Regiment. But the next time she sees Lieutenant Sam Hicks, he's leading a string of prisoners into a frontier fort, and he's wearing the garb of a Cherokee scout rather than the suit of a white gentleman. As both Sus Susanna Moore can't get him out of her mind--the learned lieutenant who delivered the commission from Andrew Jackson making her father colonel of the Cherokee Regiment. But the next time she sees Lieutenant Sam Hicks, he's leading a string of prisoners into a frontier fort, and he's wearing the garb of a Cherokee scout rather than the suit of a white gentleman. As both Susanna's father and Sam's commanding officer, Colonel Moore couldn't have made his directive to stay away from his daughter clearer to Sam. He wants a better match for Susanna--like the stuffy doctor who escorted her to Creek Territory. Then a suspected spy forces Moore to rely on Sam for military intelligence and Susanna's protection, making it impossible for either to guard their heart. [Note before buying and reviewing: while frontier action was presented with as much sensitivity as possible, fight and battle scenes are part of the plot of this novel.]


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Susanna Moore can't get him out of her mind--the learned lieutenant who delivered the commission from Andrew Jackson making her father colonel of the Cherokee Regiment. But the next time she sees Lieutenant Sam Hicks, he's leading a string of prisoners into a frontier fort, and he's wearing the garb of a Cherokee scout rather than the suit of a white gentleman. As both Sus Susanna Moore can't get him out of her mind--the learned lieutenant who delivered the commission from Andrew Jackson making her father colonel of the Cherokee Regiment. But the next time she sees Lieutenant Sam Hicks, he's leading a string of prisoners into a frontier fort, and he's wearing the garb of a Cherokee scout rather than the suit of a white gentleman. As both Susanna's father and Sam's commanding officer, Colonel Moore couldn't have made his directive to stay away from his daughter clearer to Sam. He wants a better match for Susanna--like the stuffy doctor who escorted her to Creek Territory. Then a suspected spy forces Moore to rely on Sam for military intelligence and Susanna's protection, making it impossible for either to guard their heart. [Note before buying and reviewing: while frontier action was presented with as much sensitivity as possible, fight and battle scenes are part of the plot of this novel.]

42 review for Bent Tree Bride

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Bent Tree Bride was a wonderful novel that I didn’t want to set down! The two main characters, Susannah and Sam, were attracted to each other from their very first meeting and began to hope that they could grow to know each other better in the future. However, the reality that Susannah was white and that Sam was part Cherokee, soon sent those hopes crashing to the ground. I thought the author did an excellent job of showing what life was like during the War of 1812. Young women were expected to m Bent Tree Bride was a wonderful novel that I didn’t want to set down! The two main characters, Susannah and Sam, were attracted to each other from their very first meeting and began to hope that they could grow to know each other better in the future. However, the reality that Susannah was white and that Sam was part Cherokee, soon sent those hopes crashing to the ground. I thought the author did an excellent job of showing what life was like during the War of 1812. Young women were expected to marry whoever their fathers picked out for them. The Cherokees were helping with the war effort, but were not considered equals to the white men. And danger came in many forms. Sam tried so hard to put Susannah out of his mind when he realized that he would never have a chance to court her because of their different stations in life. However, their hearts were continually drawn to each other and their attraction developed into a true love. It was hard to read about Susannah’s father and the way he pushed Susannah toward the man he wanted her to marry, even knowing that she and Sam were in love. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and definitely recommend it to fans of historical romance set in early America. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    Author Denise Weimer shares an intriguing story of two star-crossed lovers who must navigate a romance during the perilous times around the War of 1812. Bent Tree Bride begins in the fall of 1813 on the Tennessee-Cherokee Nation Border, with the unexpected meeting of Susanna Moore and Sam Hicks, and their immediate connection that begs to be explored. Weimer spins a beautifully romantic tale featuring a handsome soldier who is part Cherokee Indian, and a beautiful young woman rebelling against h Author Denise Weimer shares an intriguing story of two star-crossed lovers who must navigate a romance during the perilous times around the War of 1812. Bent Tree Bride begins in the fall of 1813 on the Tennessee-Cherokee Nation Border, with the unexpected meeting of Susanna Moore and Sam Hicks, and their immediate connection that begs to be explored. Weimer spins a beautifully romantic tale featuring a handsome soldier who is part Cherokee Indian, and a beautiful young woman rebelling against her father's efforts to determine who she'll marry. As I followed Sam and Susanna's journey together, I felt like I was right there with them. Trying to stay alive, experiencing the sights and sounds of conflict, and fighting undeniable feelings for each other. Realizing that their two cultures might prevent them from ever having a life together. "I cannot pretend with you, Susanna." Sam ducked his head against hers. "This love, it is almost impossible." I am a big fan of historical fiction but I haven't read many books that deal with the War of 1812. Weimer explains in the end notes what is fact and what is fiction, and I loved reading the mentions of Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and General Jackson. These heroes help make this story come alive, along with the true account of Captain Charles HIcks, following the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. He walked among the natives and told them about Jesus and His love for all men! Hicks displayed mercy and integrity, and he took no scalps! Bent Tree Bride is an enlightening and entertaining novel and I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction. I received an advance copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    This book was such a good book so much so that I didn't want it to end! Weimer sure knows how to write awesome adventures and writes about the amazing sceneries that I feel like I was there! She draws her readers in from the very beginning and I loved the romance that was included. Suzanne and Sam are the perfect couple! I loved them dearly. I didn't care much for her dad but there were times that I understood him as well. I found the War of 1812 fascinating from this author's point of view she's do This book was such a good book so much so that I didn't want it to end! Weimer sure knows how to write awesome adventures and writes about the amazing sceneries that I feel like I was there! She draws her readers in from the very beginning and I loved the romance that was included. Suzanne and Sam are the perfect couple! I loved them dearly. I didn't care much for her dad but there were times that I understood him as well. I found the War of 1812 fascinating from this author's point of view she's done an excellent job. I appreciate how she brings something different to her works. I say special because it comes from her heart and her love of historical fiction really comes the pages of her books. Her stories leave my heart feeling full and satisfied. There are some great Christian messages throughout the story. They can be applied to our lives today. Thank you for another wonderful story and I am looking forward to more of them. Please don't ever stop writing! I will reread this again. I highly recommend. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Bent Tree Bride takes readers through such a dark time in history, and Weimer delicately deals with some of the more brutal parts of the war. She was able to provide insight into what was going on during the time period (War of 1812) without making me get squeamish. It was still hard to read - not because of Weimer's ability to write, simply because of the cruelty of that time period. She does note this in the book blurb (at least on Goodreads she does), and I appreciate that because then I know Bent Tree Bride takes readers through such a dark time in history, and Weimer delicately deals with some of the more brutal parts of the war. She was able to provide insight into what was going on during the time period (War of 1812) without making me get squeamish. It was still hard to read - not because of Weimer's ability to write, simply because of the cruelty of that time period. She does note this in the book blurb (at least on Goodreads she does), and I appreciate that because then I know going in. Weimer does a good job in balancing the war and romance. I will say that some of the war parts were a little slow moving for me. It was kind of a mix between slow scenes and action scenes, sporadically weaved throughout the book. And while I did not want to have a lot of brutal scenes, obviously, I found myself glazing over some of that a bit more. However, when Susanna and Sam were on the scene, my interest certainly piqued! Now, this could be because I wasn't in the mood for a war book at the moment. Or maybe I was just looking for the romance thread. All this to say, just because I glazed, doesn't mean you will glaze! Susanna and Sam were just a great couple with several obstacles in their way. I was curious how Weimer was going to play their love story out, with Susanna's father already trying to have her wed the doc. Their attraction was certainly obvious to me from the very beginning, and I enjoyed their stolen glances throughout the book. But what really hit it home for me was when they were forced together because of certain circumstance (sorry don't want to spoil!), and just had to really rely on each other. Hello swoony kiss!! And really from that moment on, I couldn't wait for them to convince Susanna's father that no matter what Sam's background was, what was important was that he was an upstanding man who was a good mate for his daughter. Historical fiction fans who enjoy romance mixed with battles scenes will enjoy this new release from Weimer. And make sure you read past the end. Weimer has included some fantastic author notes that really put parts of the book into perspective and make you want to do a little more research on what happened during that time. A history lesson I thoroughly enjoyed. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yvette

    A struggle to do what is right when your faith is challenged by circumstance and your heart is at odds with family. That is at the core of this historical romance, as mistaken first impressions slowly grow into forbidden love, while duty pulls Susanna Moore and Sam Hicks apart. In Bent Tree Bride author Denise Weimar explores history through a romance between the daughter of a white American officer and a half-cherokee lieutenant during the Creek War. Blending fictional and historical characters, A struggle to do what is right when your faith is challenged by circumstance and your heart is at odds with family. That is at the core of this historical romance, as mistaken first impressions slowly grow into forbidden love, while duty pulls Susanna Moore and Sam Hicks apart. In Bent Tree Bride author Denise Weimar explores history through a romance between the daughter of a white American officer and a half-cherokee lieutenant during the Creek War. Blending fictional and historical characters, this is a fascinating fictional account of frontier home life and warfare in the early 1800's. While I struggled with Sam's involvement in the massacre of a village and the subsequent statements that he was "only following orders," there were also parts of this story that I greatly enjoyed, the scenes with Susanna's Cherokee step-mother and Sam teaching Susanna and her half-brother with knives and tomahawks springing quickly back to mind. This is Historical Fiction centered around a slow burning romance with faith woven in. While there are light hearted moments, Bent Tree Bride is a more sober read with no excess or fluff, best to set aside time for rather than pick up here and there. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Bent Tree Bride by Denise Weimer is a gripping historical Christian romantic adventure. It has its roots in historical fact, around which Denise Weimer has woven a fabulous story. The novel surrounds the Cherokee and their interactions with the white Americans as well as battles with the Red Sticks. It was refreshing to read a novel with Native Americans as main characters as there are few on the market. Very much seen as second class citizens, the Native Americans have to fight for equality. The Bent Tree Bride by Denise Weimer is a gripping historical Christian romantic adventure. It has its roots in historical fact, around which Denise Weimer has woven a fabulous story. The novel surrounds the Cherokee and their interactions with the white Americans as well as battles with the Red Sticks. It was refreshing to read a novel with Native Americans as main characters as there are few on the market. Very much seen as second class citizens, the Native Americans have to fight for equality. They were viewed as savages. “Lest they give way to their baser nature and resort to brutalities.” Likewise a strong female lead seeks equality with men. She fights to prove she is not a weak woman in need of protection. Mirroring these battles are actual physical battles where those seen as second class or weaker are able to prove their skills are equal to or superior to the white males. There are fathers and father figures in the novel. Some decisions, made with the best of intensions, are domineering and seen as exerting authority. In contrast God the Father is a God of love. His decisions are always the best for us, if we would just submit to him and wait on His timing. “If the work was of God, it would not end.” A beautiful love story blossoms throughout the novel. Through Denise Weimer’s skilful writing, the reader can ‘feel’ the love, passion, emotions and tensions bursting through the novel. Comprehensive descriptions enable the reader to ‘see’ the landscapes. We ‘experience’ battles and ‘walk’ through woods. Bent Tree Bride is a novel to not just read but to experience. It is an assault on our senses as we travel through the novel experiencing life through the eyes of the main characters. I always love Denise Weimer’s novels but this is her best to date. There is something for everyone – action, adventure, romance, family – just wonderful. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book was a story set in a time in history that I don't think I have read before! Set in the early 1800s you get to see some of the relations between the militarily and the Indians. I enjoyed that so much real history was included in the story. The romance is a "forbidden love" between a Commander's daughter and a Cherokee. I was really looking forward to reading it. The book was paced evenly. And there is a clear faith message throughout this story. I didn't feel really invested in the romanc This book was a story set in a time in history that I don't think I have read before! Set in the early 1800s you get to see some of the relations between the militarily and the Indians. I enjoyed that so much real history was included in the story. The romance is a "forbidden love" between a Commander's daughter and a Cherokee. I was really looking forward to reading it. The book was paced evenly. And there is a clear faith message throughout this story. I didn't feel really invested in the romance, both of the main characters felt on the YA side of maturity. They were young, I just expected more maturity during this period of time. It was a fine, sweet story, and I would recommend to someone who wants frontier romance that has a bit of action in it. 3.5 stars I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions in this review are honest and completely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ochegba

    Forbidden Love! From the start of this story you know it's going to be tough one. Not because of the way it is written but more about the circumstances surrounding the main characters and the fact that you know it would take a lot for everything to work out smoothly. I've not read much books set in this time period and was curious to see how it would be handled. Both Sam and Susannah come from different works of life with her being fully white and him mixed. Though there's attraction at first sight Forbidden Love! From the start of this story you know it's going to be tough one. Not because of the way it is written but more about the circumstances surrounding the main characters and the fact that you know it would take a lot for everything to work out smoothly. I've not read much books set in this time period and was curious to see how it would be handled. Both Sam and Susannah come from different works of life with her being fully white and him mixed. Though there's attraction at first sight for both of them, it's hard to see how it would work out. The story was evenly paced and enjoyable and I loved how the author put things together. A fun and enjoyable read especially for lovers of historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are solely mine.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Susanna Moore and Sam Hicks meet unexpectedly when Susanna hides from a suitor in the library where Sam is waiting orders from Colonel Moore. They are instantly attracted to each other, but Susanna thinks that Sam is white and Sam believes that Susanna is Cherokee. They discover each other's origins and realize that it will be almost impossible for them to have a life together especially when Colonel Moore forbids the relationship. Will their faith in God bring them together or will outside forc Susanna Moore and Sam Hicks meet unexpectedly when Susanna hides from a suitor in the library where Sam is waiting orders from Colonel Moore. They are instantly attracted to each other, but Susanna thinks that Sam is white and Sam believes that Susanna is Cherokee. They discover each other's origins and realize that it will be almost impossible for them to have a life together especially when Colonel Moore forbids the relationship. Will their faith in God bring them together or will outside forces keep them apart? I loved how Susanna and Sam's relationship grew. I was worried when Susanna interrupted Spring Frog's assassination attempt, and he kidnapped her. I was glad when Colonel Moore was convinced to allow Susanna and Sam to marry.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pegg

    I love this type of story! Lots of real history, a healthy sprinkling of historical characters, and woven all through it, a beautiful love story filled with all the angst and danger and difficulty that keeps the reader turning each page. A clash of cultures with the backdrop of war is not the place to fall in love, but few people on the early 1800s frontier had the luxury of picking the time and place. Sometimes love happens amid the chaos and against the rules. If you've read Weimer's "The Witne I love this type of story! Lots of real history, a healthy sprinkling of historical characters, and woven all through it, a beautiful love story filled with all the angst and danger and difficulty that keeps the reader turning each page. A clash of cultures with the backdrop of war is not the place to fall in love, but few people on the early 1800s frontier had the luxury of picking the time and place. Sometimes love happens amid the chaos and against the rules. If you've read Weimer's "The Witness Tree," you will recognize a few of these characters. While a stand-alone novel, it is nice to revisit some of the friends made in that novel as well. If you haven't read "The Witness Tree," you should.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Rundell

    This is a beautifully written historical novel that takes place preceding and during the War of 1812. This is Lieutenant Sam Hicks and Susanna Moore's story. Although the couple are attracted to each other, Colonel Moore, Susanna's father, is Lt. Hicks commanding officer and he forbids the couple to wed as he already has someone picked out for Susanna and besides Lt. Hicks is a mixed breed Cherokee Indian. As was the custom of the time, Susanna was forced to abide by her father's wishes. Then da This is a beautifully written historical novel that takes place preceding and during the War of 1812. This is Lieutenant Sam Hicks and Susanna Moore's story. Although the couple are attracted to each other, Colonel Moore, Susanna's father, is Lt. Hicks commanding officer and he forbids the couple to wed as he already has someone picked out for Susanna and besides Lt. Hicks is a mixed breed Cherokee Indian. As was the custom of the time, Susanna was forced to abide by her father's wishes. Then danger comes calling and Colonel Moore has to depend on Sam for military intelligence and to protect Susanna. Will love prevail? Will Colonel Moore relent and allow the couple to marry? I really enjoyed this story and know you will too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melody Mindler

    I have always loved history and romance. This book has intertwined the two in such a way that you can see the parallel between the conflict of the war itself and the conflict of forbidden love. The Cherokee people were fighting to keep their land and their way of life. Sam, who is in the Cherokee regiment, is not only fighting with his people to win the war but he is also fighting for a relationship with Susanna, the daughter of the Cherokee regiment's colonel. Her father is as determined to uph I have always loved history and romance. This book has intertwined the two in such a way that you can see the parallel between the conflict of the war itself and the conflict of forbidden love. The Cherokee people were fighting to keep their land and their way of life. Sam, who is in the Cherokee regiment, is not only fighting with his people to win the war but he is also fighting for a relationship with Susanna, the daughter of the Cherokee regiment's colonel. Her father is as determined to uphold his refusal to allow his white daughter to marry a Cherokee soldier as he is to win the war itself. Once again the author's book did not disappoint me. I loved the ending of this book. I would love to see this as a movie.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Fallon

    Susanna lived a life of privilege. Her future was planned out. Her father had a husband selected for her. Susanna had no say in the matter. She was to do what she was told. Of course, Susanna was determined to live her life the way she felt she should. Throughout the book you can see the growth in Susanna as she found herself surrounded by the historical events during the War of 1812. Sam, a mix-blood Cherokee, was caught between two worlds. He often found himself in turmoil. Could Susanna and Sa Susanna lived a life of privilege. Her future was planned out. Her father had a husband selected for her. Susanna had no say in the matter. She was to do what she was told. Of course, Susanna was determined to live her life the way she felt she should. Throughout the book you can see the growth in Susanna as she found herself surrounded by the historical events during the War of 1812. Sam, a mix-blood Cherokee, was caught between two worlds. He often found himself in turmoil. Could Susanna and Sam have a life together despite their differences? A love story that I could not put down. A historical delight that made my heart pitter patter every time Sam and Susanna were together!! I received this book for free to give a honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janet Grunst

    Susanna Moore and Lieutenant Sam Hicks are immediately attracted to one another, but her father Sam’s commanding officer forbids her to marry a mixed-blood Cherokee lieutenant. It doesn’t matter that Sam, part of the Cherokee Regiment fighting in the Red Stick War, is an educated and honorable man who shares her Christian faith. This story is rich in historic detail and incorporates actual historical characters adeptly. Bent Tree Bride keeps the reader turning the pages to learn if and how these Susanna Moore and Lieutenant Sam Hicks are immediately attracted to one another, but her father Sam’s commanding officer forbids her to marry a mixed-blood Cherokee lieutenant. It doesn’t matter that Sam, part of the Cherokee Regiment fighting in the Red Stick War, is an educated and honorable man who shares her Christian faith. This story is rich in historic detail and incorporates actual historical characters adeptly. Bent Tree Bride keeps the reader turning the pages to learn if and how these Federal-era frontier sweethearts will finally overcome the numerous obstacles they face.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is a well written book that hooks you on the first page. Susanna and Sam's story will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. It has just the right amount of drama, suspense and action to keep you involved with the story. If you like Christian Historical Romance you will love this book. Highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy and wasn't required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own. This is a well written book that hooks you on the first page. Susanna and Sam's story will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. It has just the right amount of drama, suspense and action to keep you involved with the story. If you like Christian Historical Romance you will love this book. Highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy and wasn't required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mich Ballares

    I was very happy with the book. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

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  40. 5 out of 5

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