“Soldier in Her Lap” is a sweet and short romance with a few twists and an exciting ending. Sophia is a strong heroine who has a lot of courage and kindness despite her cruel father. Lucas is a caring and brave hero who does what is right, even if that means leaving Sophia behind. Their love is palpable, and their story easy to connect with. Sophia’s father and the Reverend Rawlins are wonderful antagonists. Their cruelty and hatred offset the protagonists’ characteristics well. The couple of plot twists will keep readers engaged and turning pages. Haley Whitehall has written a great climax that is both exciting and unexpected. The ending will leave readers’ satisfied and happy with the story. There were a few historical inaccuracies that jolted me out of the story, and with some re-wording could have been avoided all together. However, the storyline is simple, the romance sweet, and if a reader is looking for a short and simple read than I recommend “Solider in Her Lap.”
Sophia Carpenter is stuck taking care of her alcoholic father unless she can find a man to marry, and the war has taken many of the eligible men away from her small hometown. However, when Sophia discovers a wounded soldier on her doorstep her life begins to change. Lucas and Sophia have an instance connection and Lucas wants to take Sophia away from her cruel father. But Lucas must return to the battlefield, and Sophia becomes unsure of what her future holds.
A Civil War Era Romance
Trapped by her alcoholic, abusive father, Sophia Carpenter longs to escape her life of drudgery on her father’s dirt farm in Clark Springs, Georgia. Making matters worse, her father’s scared off every man who tried to call on her. She longs for freedom, but with the Civil War raging, even fewer men are available to fulfill her dreams—unless a soldier landed in her lap.
Conscripted into a war he never wanted to fight, Lucas Grady is tired of battle and refuses to lay his life down for a lost cause. After a musket ball tears through his leg, he deserts from the ambulance wagon rather than risk a field surgeon’s saw. He barely makes it to Sophia’s farm before collapsing.
The wounded soldier’s arrival seems like a dream come true, but first she must save him from his injuries—and her father. As forbidden attraction blooms between them, they will have to struggle to survive. Can their love overcome so many obstacles or will they become another casualty of the War Between the States?