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The Solitary Envoy
By T. Davis Bunn and Isabella Bunn

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The Solitary Envoy
Heirs of Acadia - Book One
By T. Davis Bunn and Isabella Bunn
Large Print Edition
Bethany House Publishers, 2004
ISBN: 0-7642-2861-7
Genre: Christian Fiction

Reviewed by Angela Evans - December 1, 2004

The Solitary Envoy is the first book in T. Davis Bunn and Isabella Bunn's new series, Heirs of Acadia. Although not directly connected, this new series is a continuation of the bestselling Song of Acadia series which was written by T. Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. The Solitary Envoy takes place in 1812, a period that was unsettled in both Canada and the United States. In Nova Scotia, in particular, the British and French settlers were at odds with each other, with many of the new British settlers having moved to the island during the American Revolution due to their pro-British leanings. In addition, in 1812, America and Britain again found themselves at war with each other. During the War of 1812, the United States invaded Canada with the idea of taking it away from Britain. They failed. It was also during this war that the British marched on Washington D.C. and burned the White House and the Capitol building to the ground, an incident that plays a major role in this story. The war ended in a stalemate in 1814, without a real victor. However, Britain did at last acknowledge the US as an independent country.

Set against this tremulous backdrop, The Solitary Envoy follows the adventures of Erica Langston. Erica lives near Washington, D.C. and her family is from Acadian stock. She works as her father's bookkeeper in the family business. When the War of 1812 begins, the family business is burned, her father is killed, and the idyllic life that Erica and her family has known begins to fall apart. Worse, creditors rise out of the ashes of the war to strip the family bare. To save the business, Erica travels to England to collect the monies owed to the company by several British bankers.

The trip alone could have made for an interesting story - especially since the bankers turn out to be corrupt an unwilling to pay Erica the monies owed. However, the story is even better in that, while in England, Erica is staying with the family of a U.S. diplomat. While there she becomes entwined in the war effort and embarks on a secret mission. As a result of this mission, Erica comes face to face with British Major Gareth Powers, the man ultimately responsible for her father's death and she comes. In England, Erica finds that Gareth is not the monster that she thought him to be, and he actually ends up helping her. In the end, her new found faith and her relationship with Gareth help Erica to survive the trials that she must endure. The Solitary Envoy is a fast moving, unforgettable story with a strong Christian message and an sweet love story.


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