Harlequin Historical #63
From the back of the book:
“New Mexico 1846…Why would her heart not listen to reason?…Antonia Ramirez knew that the tall, blond American was not to be trusted. Hadn’t it been American soldiers who had killed her mother and left her father a cripple? Yet Tristan Hampton had awakened something deep inside her that would not be denied…Since the moment he’d first laid eyes on Antonia, Tris Hampton had been lost. He was haunted by her dark beauty. She made him feel he’d finally found the completeness he’d spent a lifetime searching for. But her father clearly hated him, and someone wanted to see him dead. Of Antonia’s love, he was certain. The question of her loyalty was still to be answered.”
In Patricia Potter’s The Silver Link, Antonia and Tristan are from two different worlds. Nevertheless, their forbidden love unites them in a link that can never be severed.
Tristan Hampton is a Virginian military man on a mission to ensure Albuquerque’s stable transition from Mexican rule to American governance. Antonia Ramirez is from a noble, land-owning Spanish family whose New Mexican roots go back generations. Her family, and more importantly her would-be husband, Ramon, don’t trust the Yanqui soldier.
This was one of my first Harlequin Historicals, a romantic tale of two people from different worlds whose lives are entwined through love. I enjoyed how Tris and Tonia would always find times to meet in secret. Secret love at its best here.
Just a warning for those who shrink from violence: The Silver Link also very violent and bloody. Tristan is shot, beaten, and has to save Antonia numerous times.
If you’re interested in a love story with some action, or like reading about the Mexican-American War era, this is a great read.