A SEAL's Pledge by Cora Seton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The plot is really very simple: boy meets girl, they fell in love at first sight, another boy comes in the way as well as the girl's family and conflict after conflict arose. What redeemed them all, surprisingly, is boy number two's conscience, the leaders' morals and wise advice, and the amazing support of girl friends - proving once again that keeping your blood sisters close enough can do wonders to your hair, make up and sanity.
What I think worked for me was to witness Samantha's journey in finding herself. Being away from her family made her realise that she can do so much more. She found out her potentials by staying in Base Camp as an arranged bride to Curtis. But, even that didn't work out since it was Harris who fell in love with her. An icing on the cake, so it seems. Harris, on the one hand, learned how to fight for what he believes in with a little help from Curtis. I wonder what would have happened if Curtis didn't give way for Harris over Samantha.
What did not work
Curtis. I felt he was used as anti-hero turned hero in the story. Which only heightens my curiosity if he will ever find love. Now, that is something to look forward to in the coming books in the series.
Over all, I enjoyed reading this light, contemporary romance. It has a good mix of the personal battles of the characters set with in the backdrop of more pressing issues of a society at large.
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