|The story begins with Hattie Terrance breaking up with Franklin Garrett. We met the two of them along with Lyndal and Grey in the first book of Ms. Sookoo's Wolfish Series, A Wolfish Scandal which I reviewed here at The Romance Studio. Franklin and Grey are wolf shifting cousins from England, they built and run apple orchards in Indiana and this is set during the Civil War. We then meet Caroline Harrison hiding in the shadows of Camp Morton, a Union prisoner-of-war camp located in Indianapolis. She is determined to get her brother out, but you know, those darn Yankees don't want a woman hanging around. Alexander Harrison, Caroline's twin brother, is a prisoner and he manages to meet with her in the dark for whispered conversations. He tells her about an orchard or farm where she might find another wolf to help her.
This leads our heroine to the Rutledge Estates searching for Grey. She finds Franklin, who is drunk and has had his ego crushed from his earlier conversation with Hattie. The two don't get along, Franklin barely remembers what happened (at first) and eventually she is invited into the house with Grey and Lyndal, but Grey leaves it up to Franklin to assist Caroline with her brother. Poor Caroline is a true, Southern Lady, while she has a wolf inside of her, she can't shift. It is very amusing when she uses her Southern wiles to get Franklin to do what she wants. It's just has amusing when he uses his very proper Englishman manners to do the same. The two of them really can't seem to get enough of each other. This isn't an easy story as Camp Morton is a real place used in the Civil War where men died from injuries and disease. The two manage to use apples to get in the camp but Caroline is unable to find her brother.
Ms. Sookoo has written an incredible story for the history geek in me and the werewolf lover too! She never once makes the Civil War look rose-colored, nor does she hold back from some of the real descriptions of prisoners with lice. She doesn't once become so gritty as to turn the reading into something horrible enough to make me want to close the book. I have to say, I loved how, Southern Lady and all, Caroline is very much a match to our hero, Franklin. Not only did she give us two characters worth reading, she continued with a story gripping us to the end! I have to say, I'd love to see stories with Hattie, Alexander and Blake (Caroline's other brother)! What a great read!
Reviewer: Teresa T.