Letters from the States came often and, sometimes, more than five at a time. Marines do love to get mail. Not email. The real thing. Good old U.S. Post mail. Handwritten. Had to be. It was 2003 and Sergeant Leah Ann Sullivan read her mail every day, addressed to her 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which was just south of Fallujah Iraq.
The mail was from her grandmother, with whom she was very close. One hell of a story was laid out in those letters. A love story in the time of the American Revolution. Leah never knew she had such history in her family. Leave it to Grandma, always so full of great stories. On Leah’s breaks from her duties, the letters brought her back to a time when America was young. A time when the country was undiscovered and her ancestors had to protect Fort Henry and their colony.
There was a lot to lose in the 1700s, around the Ohio Valley. Local tribes wanted their land back, and the British knew how to take advantage of that. Betty Zane was the girl who had to grow up fast on the frontier. She was raised by her four brothers. Her older brother, Colonel Ebenezer Zane, taught her how to protect herself, use her instincts, and shoot a long rifle. Then, Betty fell in love with Zach. Their love was immediate and deep. She never stopped loving him, even when she was forced to go to school in Philadelphia. All she wanted to do was to come home and marry the boy she loved, a boy who was becoming a man and who helped transform Fort Henry into Zanesville. Betty would find a way. But the Shawnee Warrior with the scar on his brow was out to take everything from the Zanes.
He lost his brother because of Betty and her brother. He lost the respect of his tribe. He was losing his land. He found his opportunity with the British Captain Pratt and the American traitor George Girty. They were just as determined. They conspired to take down the Zanes and Fort Henry. But they threatened the wrong girl. A girl who was becoming a woman, who loved her man and her country, and would do anything to save them. The letters told Betty Zane’s story well, and Grandma knew what she was doing. The stories stirred something within Sergeant Leah Ann Sullivan at just the right time. Her Captain has assigned her to lead a mission.
A “Red Eye Op.” Now it is her turn. She is about to find out just how damn tough she is. Who is the ruthless enemy in the dark of the Iraqi desert, taking out her fellow Marines? Who are the two unknown soldiers who have compromised her team? Will she have the time to tell the Marine named Vargas how much she cares for him? With her Captain’s faith and a team who has put their trust and respect in her, Leah is about to embark on her own journey. A journey of self-discovery and intestinal fortitude, and high risk. One that takes us to the ending of a true story, about a female warrior in the past that will forever change who this warrior is in the present.
My Lady Zane… where do I begin? Why don’t I start my review by writing that My Lady Zane is one of the most unique, moving and thrilling novels I have ever read that combines excellent themes such as love, action and of course the military. I have read many military books but none quite like My Lady Zane and I will explain why.
My Lady Zane is a novel that is mostly a story within a story in which the reader will follow the protagonist of the story as she attempts a dangerous journey while serving in the Iraqi desert. The book, however, has a historical love story weaved throughout the book thanks to letters the protagonist is sent by her grandmother so yes… a truly unique but sensational story! Before I decide to read a book, I like to read reviews for it to see what fellow readers are writing and all of the reviews on Amazon are VERY positive… we are talking five stars book lovers! But one attribute I did notice is that none of them described the plot! Now that I have finished the book I can see why readers have not attempted this because the plot is thick and multi-layered (yet still brilliant) and the description alone is around 500 hundred words. So! That is why I will attempt to describe the plot for you today book lovers in simple terms so you can read more about this gem of a story!
My Lazy Zane will introduce the reader to the heroine of the story called Leah Ann Sullivan who also happens to be a Sergeant in the Marines. In 2003 Sergeant Lee is sent letters from her grandmother, and these letters contain a beautiful but heart-wrenching story about lost love and difficulty in the 17th century. The story is moving and multi-layered with many themes laced throughout it so if you adore moving romance-esque stories then well, you will love the book! The main plot of the book, however, is not just about this story (although it does influence the exceptional protagonist massively), it is actually about Sergeant Lee Ann Sullivan who has to uncover a deadly enemy who has been killing fellow Marines. The reader will follow Sergeant Lee on her mission to uncover the truth and protect herself and her loyal team. The journey will be full of danger and fast, action-packed moments but also a theme of love is weaved throughout Sergeant Lee’s story, and if you, who like me is a sucker for romance then you will adore this factor!
Now book lovers I hope so much that I explained this well for you! If you however need some more information on the plot then comment below, and I will get back to you. The story of My Lady Zane is exceptional and I want to be very vocal about this and express this to many readers. It is very rare that one) the reader will get to experience a romance military book, but it is also rare that two) the book follows a female protagonist who is also a Marine Sergeant! This is incredibly rare to find in a military book, so already I take my hat off to the exceptional author Steven M. Sullivan for exploring this throughout his book; it is brave and I admire that quality in a writer.
Steven M. Sullivan is a talented writer who clearly has experience with writing, but you will be surprised to know that this is his debut book! When I discovered this, I was honestly shocked because never would I think it was because the descriptions are glorious and so vivid that the reader will be able to picture every moment and event that unfolds throughout the story. Not only am I am impressed with the level of skill in Sullivan’s literature but also his plot development and the evolution of the story. The story within the story was a brilliant idea and kept me intrigued from beginning to end. Never before have I been so entertained with a military book. Sullivan ensures that his readers are entertained with phenomenal descriptions, excellent story development and of course flawless characterization.
As My Lady Zane is an exceptional, thrilling and brilliant book that will entertain and delight readers from beginning to end I, of course, have to award this incredible book five stars! So please book lovers, have a read of Steven M. Sullivan’s debut novel and when you do make sure to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads because the smallest reviews help authors so much!
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