Verity

Verity

After leaving England behind for a new life in the West Indies with her sisters, Verity Banning wants something to call her own. Her affinity for animals inspires her to set up a business importing horses, as well as other goods in demand by the island residents. But when she arrives in the Colonies to purchase her goods, unexpected news of Captain Duncan McKintrick awaits...

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Title:Verity
Author:Lisa Tawn Bergren
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Verity Reviews

  • Clara

    Wow! wow wow wow

    Lisa T. Bergren is truly an amazing storyteller! She writes the most amazing characters and the most vivid settings.

    What an intriguing part of history that, though well know, has more layers than one might first know of.

    I`ve loved traveling from England to the Caribbean in the first book. And now, to get a glimpse of revolutionary America and the islands, not to mention the ship scenes!

    Verity Banning is surely one of the most interesting characters ever written! And, sure, becaus

    Wow! wow wow wow

    Lisa T. Bergren is truly an amazing storyteller! She writes the most amazing characters and the most vivid settings.

    What an intriguing part of history that, though well know, has more layers than one might first know of.

    I`ve loved traveling from England to the Caribbean in the first book. And now, to get a glimpse of revolutionary America and the islands, not to mention the ship scenes!

    Verity Banning is surely one of the most interesting characters ever written! And, sure, because she`s a horse whisperer and falconer. But also because she is organically fierce, loyal, and a hard worker, though it might be struck as unusual for the time period. And these characters that capture Ian McKintrick completely by surprise, undeniably growing an attraction to the woman who once belonged to his brother.

    I loved Verity and Ian's interaction. They truly for a kinship from common grief from the beginning, but a surprise to both of them is the depth of romance that, though tentative, can't be denied. However, Ian has been harboring revolutionary ideas of late, and for Verity to link herself to him might mean putting on wavering ground the once steadfast relationship with her sisters.

    How can Verity continue, though, to just sit and watch the king who, yes, she once called hers but now gives orders that can't be denied, even if it takes all the comfort or little food one might have, even if it leads to death? Nevertheless, can vengeance be the way for closure? Or can the balm that heals a hurt soul be found somewhere else?

    I am so looking forward to Selah's story <3

    *I received a review copy from the publisher. This is my honest opinion.

  • Rebecca

    4.5 stars

    "They seek not a man to direct them or lord over them, but rather one who will stand beside them, celebrating their strengths."

    The Banning sisters(plus one Covington) are by necessity, an independent lot. Verity Banning in particular lives and breathes her sister Keturah's advice, "Grin and bear it and always be a lady . . . . . then quietly beat them at their own game." Deciding to build her own enterprise on the British island of Nevis, Verity capitalizes on her love of horses, and t

    4.5 stars

    "They seek not a man to direct them or lord over them, but rather one who will stand beside them, celebrating their strengths."

    The Banning sisters(plus one Covington) are by necessity, an independent lot. Verity Banning in particular lives and breathes her sister Keturah's advice, "Grin and bear it and always be a lady . . . . . then quietly beat them at their own game." Deciding to build her own enterprise on the British island of Nevis, Verity capitalizes on her love of horses, and the scarcity of the animals in the West Indies, by traveling to New York to purchase equine inventory for "Banning's Bridlery & More"; while deep in her heart another motive trembles for attention, discovering the fate of a most beloved captain.

    Imagine Verity's surprise when instead of reuniting with Captain Duncan McKintrick, she is introduced to Captain Ian McKintrick, who reluctantly bears devastating news. In spite of their new acquaintance and determining to honor his brother's wishes, Ian offers to ferry Verity's goods back home, even though his loyalties to England have become tenuous at best. Verity's almost instantaneous attraction to Ian is rather confusing, for America is on the verge of a revolution and this captain's allegiances could deliver danger straight to her dear family's doorstep.

    Enter into the world of the brave and the free as Verity discovers whether or not she truly has "the heart of a warrior". Lisa Bergren has delivered an exceptional addition to her Sugar Baron's Daughters series.

  • Fiction Aficionado

    This book is a historical fiction lover’s dream. First of all, location, location, location: It’s set in the Caribbean! I love getting a glimpse into a historical location that’s rarely explored in fiction. Second, it’s set on the cusp of the War of Independence—or the Revolutionary War. (This Australian never knows what to call it!) The Caribbean setting enhances the political tension as the characters determine where their loyalties lie and what the consequences of those loyalties will be. Add

    This book is a historical fiction lover’s dream. First of all, location, location, location: It’s set in the Caribbean! I love getting a glimpse into a historical location that’s rarely explored in fiction. Second, it’s set on the cusp of the War of Independence—or the Revolutionary War. (This Australian never knows what to call it!) The Caribbean setting enhances the political tension as the characters determine where their loyalties lie and what the consequences of those loyalties will be. Add in Ian and Verity’s personal story and I found this a difficult book to put down!

    I didn’t connect with Keturah as much as I wanted to in the first book in this series, but even then I had a feeling it would be different with Verity, and I was right. While both women are strong in their own ways, Verity is a more charismatic character—someone who wears her heart on her sleeve, as opposed to Keturah who is much more restrained. I admired Verity’s determination to open her own mercantile and her business savvy in overcoming the opposition she faced—in fact, I loved her pluck in general. If I say much more than that, I might give too much away!

    Ian is my kind of hero. He’s a man of strong character and sober mien, and yet his blood runs hot on certain topics and he’s definitely able to turn on the swoon factor when given the right inducement. There was an understated intensity to the development of his relationship with Verity that felt very organic to them and their situation, and I loved the balance he maintained between being protective of Verity but also recognising her ability and intelligence.

    Oh, and did I mention ships? Danger on the high seas AND the land, not to mention espionage and the desire for revenge. This story really has it all, and while there’s no cliff-hanger ending, it’s clear there’s more to come in Selah’s story. I can’t wait!

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Marylin

    In the first book of this series by Lisa T. Bergren, Keturah brought her two sisters with her to the West Indies to take over the sugar plantation which was her father’s. We see how each of these three sisters are women with grit and determination.

    In this second book of The Sugar Baron’s Daughters, we learn more about the three sisters, however, this book focuses on Verity, the middle sister, who wants something to call her own. She feels a bit lost and misunderstood. She has hopes and dreams o

    In the first book of this series by Lisa T. Bergren, Keturah brought her two sisters with her to the West Indies to take over the sugar plantation which was her father’s. We see how each of these three sisters are women with grit and determination.

    In this second book of The Sugar Baron’s Daughters, we learn more about the three sisters, however, this book focuses on Verity, the middle sister, who wants something to call her own. She feels a bit lost and misunderstood. She has hopes and dreams of becoming one of the first women to own her own mercantile. Along the way to completing this dream, Verity is hit with many struggles and losses. She learns to stand up for herself and make choices which might not appear right by all.

    Lisa T. Bergren is a wonderful storyteller. She has painted beautiful pictures in words, for us to be captured and taken to a time when life was lived day by day. Where, “tomorrow is a hope, not a promise.”

    This story has lots of drama, a bit of suspense and wonderfully sweet romance. It is also full of loyalty of friends, and family, who believe in and support Verity no matter what.

    I am now waiting to hear more about young Selah and her deep desires to care for others. Oh, what interesting things will we learn?! I know we will also hear more about Verity and Ian and their many adventures.

    I was given this book by the publisher and Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  • Maureen Timerman

    I loved being back on Nevis and with the Banning sister’s and their families, and this book mainly focuses on sister Verity. I would recommend that you read the first book in this series, Keturah, so good!

    These are strong women and Verity is now leaving her mark and setting up her own store selling mostly horses and tack, and with the help of Ian McKintrick, brother of Duncan, she has been to NY and the Carolina’s to get her stock.

    Now with British soldiers living on their plantation, and the thr

    I loved being back on Nevis and with the Banning sister’s and their families, and this book mainly focuses on sister Verity. I would recommend that you read the first book in this series, Keturah, so good!

    These are strong women and Verity is now leaving her mark and setting up her own store selling mostly horses and tack, and with the help of Ian McKintrick, brother of Duncan, she has been to NY and the Carolina’s to get her stock.

    Now with British soldiers living on their plantation, and the threat of war on the horizon, these women are going to have to make changes.

    There is still evil lingering on the island, and we meet the main nemesis again, and yes, I wished him ill will.

    I can’t wait for the next book in this series so I can go on with the Banning woman and their loves and trial, and find out how this wraps up!

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Rachael

    I enjoyed getting to know Verity more in this book. I admit, I didn't care as much for Ian--he's too volatile, too apt to shoot off his mouth, too likely to lose his temper. I did like how honorable he was in pursuit of Verity, though, making it clear where his allegiances lie. Verity, even as impulsive as she is, is good for him, tempering his volatility.

    But the book was exciting, sailing between Nevis and New York several times, so we could really see the progression towards war. It was a uni

    I enjoyed getting to know Verity more in this book. I admit, I didn't care as much for Ian--he's too volatile, too apt to shoot off his mouth, too likely to lose his temper. I did like how honorable he was in pursuit of Verity, though, making it clear where his allegiances lie. Verity, even as impulsive as she is, is good for him, tempering his volatility.

    But the book was exciting, sailing between Nevis and New York several times, so we could really see the progression towards war. It was a unique angle of the American Revolution, seeing how it affected not just trade on the East Coast but the Caribbean island countries who relied on American imports. I'd never before considered the differences between those island planters who remained staunchly British with dreams and ties to home (England), versus the Americans who, though many were also of British descent like the islanders, saw themselves as Americans and not as British citizens living on American soil--two totally different mindsets. Near the end, the book started giving me anxiety. It was thrilling; I wasn't expecting the story to go in that direction (and I loved it), but my heart was pounding and it was difficult to calm down enough to sleep!

    Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for the complimentary e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  • Jaime

    I’m a huge fan of historical stories. I love reading stories woven with details of the past, so I love that

    takes place during the beginning of the American Revolution and that Verity and Ian take action alongside the Sons of Liberty. While most historical romance isn’t action-packed, this book does include a few thrills—from blazing fires and bar fights to spy codes and ship chases—which I thi

    I’m a huge fan of historical stories. I love reading stories woven with details of the past, so I love that

    takes place during the beginning of the American Revolution and that Verity and Ian take action alongside the Sons of Liberty. While most historical romance isn’t action-packed, this book does include a few thrills—from blazing fires and bar fights to spy codes and ship chases—which I think gave the story an extra edge that drew me into the narrative.

    As with

    , I love the depiction of the three Banning sisters. Verity is different than Keturah, but she has her sister’s stubborn and determined spirit. Despite taking place during a time where women were supposed to get married and settle down, the Banning sisters step beyond the norms of society to chase their hard fought dreams and follow their hearts. I also like that this story continues Keturah and Gray’s story and we get to see what happens to them after the events of the first book. While the book focuses mainly on Verity, the other Banning sisters are not left behind and play an intricate part in the plot as well.

    While I was sad we don’t get to see what would have become of Verity and Duncan’s relationship, I do like Ian a lot. Even more than I like Gray. There’s just something about a man who smuggles goods for the rebellion that gets my heart pumping. Plus, that Scottish accent is swoon-worthy. Ian is an excellent heartthrob for a historical romance novel.

    I was also impressed that this book doesn’t shy away from focusing on issues that are often seen today. Like

    , there are moments of racism, sexism, and oppression throughout the story. The way the characters handle these issues and stand above the people who inflict harm upon others is truly admirable. I can see how these issues will easily flow into Selah’s story and hopefully resolve with the Banning sisters victorious.

    This book is published by a Christian publishing house and the characters do discuss and pray to God often throughout the story. The depiction of faith, however, felt genuine and accurate, not coming across disorienting for the time frame or the story. The inclusion of faith in the story did not impede the story in any way, but instead, added to the characters and their actions and attitude toward the events that occur.

    Overall,

    is an excellent sequel to

    , full of suspenseful action and heartbreaking moments. There are a lot of truths explored between these pages even though it’s heavily focused on the whirlwind romance between Verity and Ian. If you’re a fan of Bergren’s books or you like historical romance, I would definitely recommend you add

    and

    to your list.

    ~Thank you to the publisher for providing me a free, digital copy of

    through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.~

  • Debbie

    "Verity" is a Christian romance set in Spring 1775 in Nevis, West Indies. This is the second book in a series, and it continues the story of the three sisters. However, it focused on Verity's romance and can be read as a standalone.

    Verity was intelligent, resourceful, and brave. Ian was impulsive, quick-tempered, and quick to beat people up--not really ideal traits for a spy. I could see why Ian admired Verity, but I never quite understood why she fell in love with him. Yes, he supported and pro

    "Verity" is a Christian romance set in Spring 1775 in Nevis, West Indies. This is the second book in a series, and it continues the story of the three sisters. However, it focused on Verity's romance and can be read as a standalone.

    Verity was intelligent, resourceful, and brave. Ian was impulsive, quick-tempered, and quick to beat people up--not really ideal traits for a spy. I could see why Ian admired Verity, but I never quite understood why she fell in love with him. Yes, he supported and protected her. And they did have mutual interests and worked well together. It just seemed to me that they fell in love pretty quickly considering what she had to give up and what a future with him actually offered.

    The characters were interesting, and I cared about what happened to them. The suspense came from the threat of harm from an ongoing evil character and from their spying activities. The historical details were mainly focused on the beginnings of the American Revolution and how that affected the trade to the West Indies. Ian struggled to trust God to bring justice rather than take vengeance himself. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I recommend this exciting novel.

    I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Dan Curnutt

    Verity is her own woman wanting to do her own thing in a time when women were suppose to be meek, mild mannered, stay at home, not run a business, etc. The book is from a time in the late 1700's when the American Colonies were starting to rebel against England in what would be the Revolutionary war.

    Verity though lives in the West Indies on a sugar plantation with her sisters. But she owns her own business, a mercantile store and horse trading business. She also is in love with a sea captain. But

    Verity is her own woman wanting to do her own thing in a time when women were suppose to be meek, mild mannered, stay at home, not run a business, etc. The book is from a time in the late 1700's when the American Colonies were starting to rebel against England in what would be the Revolutionary war.

    Verity though lives in the West Indies on a sugar plantation with her sisters. But she owns her own business, a mercantile store and horse trading business. She also is in love with a sea captain. But he has disappeared.

    She will leave for New York to look for Duncan to find out what has happened to him. What she will find is a land split down the middle with rebels and loyalists. Which will she choose?

    Her decision is easier when she discovers that Duncan was pressed into service by the English and murdered at sea by a Spanish Privateer.

    The story will take us through Verity's business, her crisis of faith, her brush with death and falling in love. Lisa Tawn Bergren gives us a great novel with lots of story lines that allow for Book Clubs to have hours of discussion.

    This is the second book in what I think will be a 3 book series. I was left with wanting to read book one and then looking forward to book 3 being released.

    Enjoy!

  • Danielle

    For more reviews, check out my blog

    Verity is the follow-up sequel to Keturah, picking up mostly where the last book left off. So if you have yet to read the first one, definitely start there! The book is told through the eyes of the second Banning sister, Verity, as she decides to seek her own adventure and destiny. The love tha

    For more reviews, check out my blog

    Verity is the follow-up sequel to Keturah, picking up mostly where the last book left off. So if you have yet to read the first one, definitely start there! The book is told through the eyes of the second Banning sister, Verity, as she decides to seek her own adventure and destiny. The love that she finds is not the one that she expects, but as the American Revolution draws near, she realizes that she cares more about him than the path she “should” take. From daring battles at sea to coded revolutional messages to love in the face of war, Verity is a historical fiction follow-up that you won’t want to miss.

    Writing: 4.0

    Characters:  3.0

    Plot: 3.0

    Originality: 3.5

    All reviews are rated on a scale of 0 to 5.

    Verity is the sequel to

    , picking up where the story left off, but this time told from Verity’s point of view. I have to be in the right kind of mood to enjoy historical fiction, so it took awhile for me to get to this book after its release. In general, this series is much slower-paced than other historical fiction books, tending to focus more on the inner turmoil the Banning sisters face and the pushback they get from society as a whole for being strong, independent women. Verity does have a bit more action than the first book, as the backdrop is the beginnings of the American Revolution.

    Verity is different than her sister Keturah, but in a lot of ways they’re the same: both strong, stubborn, and determined to do what’s right no matter the backlash. Despite the restrictive time period for women, the Banning sisters push beyond all the normal boundaries. Keturah and Gray, the stars of the first book, even hire freed slaves and refuse to enslave others on their plantation. It’s still horrible, but far ahead of what the other plantation owners do.

    The book opens with Verity pining for Duncan, the dashing sea captain we met in the first book. Eventually, unable to take the silence any longer, she goes look for him in America. Now it may seem like she’s simply chasing a guy, but actually she’s going to America to establish her own trade routes to the Caribbean Islands and start her own shop. Ambitious for a woman in the 1700’s. Unfortunately, the backward men of this time, make her life a living hell, refusing to visit her store and harassing her. Thankfully Verity is persistent, and continues to work hard to make her business a success.

    Along the way, Verity discovers that he beloved captain has died upon the high seas, news delivered by his brother, Ian. After some time, the two are drawn closer and closer together, especially as they work together to establish the trade routes. Ian delivering the goods, and Verity supplying the payments and location to sell the goods. The relationship is a little weird, since she loved his brother first, but they both acknowledge that and realize it makes them draw closer together in their grief. However, their close relationship becomes a threat as Ian continues to support the growing rebellion in America against the British, while Verity lives on the British-colonized Nevis, not to mention remains a citizen of the British empire. As tensions increase, Verity realizes she has to follow her heart, despite the threat it poses to her and her family.

    In the end, Verity and Ian turn spy for the resistance and use their connections to get in and out of the colonies with coded messages. They marry in secret on Ian’s ship, and on the run from the British, they have to leave Verity’s family behind. Thankfully Keturah and Selah, understand her choice and support her. Gray was another matter, but he eventually comes around. Especially once he realizes that they might need a smuggler in the family if war really does break out…

    I’m assuming that the final book will follow Selah, but there’s no word on that yet. Hopefully,

    will write it quick!

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