Mercedes Maxwell’s sister’s last wish was for Mercedes to find evidence against Kat’s husband, William Braxton, and have him hung as a traitor to the crown. Mercedes isn’t naïve when it comes to capturing traitors, because her own deceased husband had once been an agent for the King when they lived in England.
When she meets William Braxton for the first time, all is not as it seems. Portraying her twin, Mercedes knows this is the only way to get close enough to William to discover his secrets. What she finds along the way are little surprises she hadn’t counted on, especially when she begins to give her heart to a man who may be a spy against the crown.
Author Marie Higgins Since Marie Higgins was a little girl playing Barbies with her sister, Stacey, she has loved the adventure of making up romantic stories. Marie was only eighteen years old when she wrote her first skit, which won an award for Funniest Skit. A little later in life, after she’d married and had children, Marie wrote Church roadshows that were judged as Funniest and Best Written. From there, she branched out to write full-length novels based on her dreams. (Yes, she says, her dreams really are that silly) Marie has been married for twenty-six years to a wonderful man. Together, they have three loving daughters and several beautiful grandchildren. Marie works full time for the state of Utah, where she has lived her entire life. Marie plans to keep writing, because the characters in her head won’t shut up. But her husband smiles and pretends this is normal.
I was skeptical of Take My Heart at first, as this historical fiction takes a few liberties with the facts of life and women in the 1700s. But it wasn't long before the fun of the story overrode any historical errors. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this rolicking ride: espionage, mistaken identity, mysteries, sexual tension, and the very real flaws of human beings (like remembering loved ones as better folk than they are). It's a nice love story, combined with political intrigue and a few twists, and made for a quick and entertaining time. I recommend it for fans of historical romance, Shakespearean plot twists, strong female characters, and the Colonial time period.