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Gallant Waif (Historical Romance S.) [Hardcover]

Anne Gracie
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & B.; Large print e. edition (6 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263161188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263161182
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,322,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wounded in the Peninsular War, Jack Carstairs had returned home to find his fiancie had ended their engagement. Miss Kate Farleigh had no patience with Jack's requests to be left alone! Her attempts to manage him both amused and enraged Jack, until he saw her gallant courage and fell in love.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A fabulous and funny debut novel by Anne Gracie. Its a regency historical - or something like that. Although its set during the Regency this is not a comedy of manners - nor is it an adventuresome historical. Rather it is quite a poignant story set with lively characters and some very clever twists.
Basically the story goes that Kate Farleigh needs to work to support herself - when along comes her deceased mother's supposed Godmother, Lady Cahill. It seems Lady Cahill has designs of her own, although they are not horribly machiavellian. Kate finds herself working in the country with Jack Carstairs, Lady Cahill's grandson. He has been living in quiet and bitter retirement thanks to injuries he received while fighting in the Peninsular War. Together they find common ground and they start to heal one another and Jack finds out some very surprising things about Kate....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read! 28 May 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Anne Gracie has created wonderfully engaging characters in Gallant Waif, and her excellent attention to historic detail provides an exciting backdrop for this well-written tale of love and misadventure in 1800's England. Orphaned and destitute, Kate Farleigh's noble spirit and unflagging strength serve her well in the face of her scandalous past. When she is carried off by the wealthy and imperious Lady Cahill and deposited in the neglected hideaway of Lady C's bitter, war-scarred grandson Jack, Kate hopes she has also found a place to hide. Jack is by turns outraged, annoyed and amused by Kate's feisty, no-nonsense approach to life. There are no dull moments in the story of plucky young Kate and the darkly sexy Jack. Just when they seem to be reaching a tenuous peace, secrets, deceptions and scandalous revelations threaten to destroy their chances for future happiness. Gallant Waif is a real page-turner.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner. 28 May 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Anne Gracie has created wonderfully engaging characters in Gallant Waif. Orphaned and destitute, Kate Farleigh's noble spirit and unflagging strength serve her well in the face of her scandalous past. When she is carried off by the wealthy and imperious Lady Cahill and deposited in the neglected hideaway of Lady C's bitter, war-scarred grandson Jack, Kate hopes she has also found a place to hide. Jack is by turns outraged, annoyed and amused by Kate's feisty, no-nonsense approach to life. There are no dull moments in the story of plucky young Kate and sexy, broodingly handsome Jack. Just when they seem to be reaching a tenuous peace, secrets and deceptions threaten to destroy any chance they might have for a future together. Ms. Gracie's attention to historical detail shines through to provide an excellent backdrop for this well-written tale of 1800's love and (mis)adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced ride on the rocky road to love. 28 May 1999
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Orphaned and destitute, Kate Farleigh's noble spirit and unflagging strength serve her well in facing her solitary life. When she is carried off by the wealthy and imperious Lady Cahill and deposited in the neglected hideaway of Lady C's bitter, war-scarred grandson Jack, Kate hopes she has also found a place to hide from her own scandalous past. Jack is by turns outraged, annoyed and amused by Kate's feisty, no-nonsense approach to life. There are no dull moments in the story of plucky young Kate and the darkly sexy, broodingly handsome Jack. When it seems they may reach a tenuous peace, deceptions and scandal threaten to destroy any chance they might have for a future together. Ms. Gracie's attention to historical detail shines through to provide an excellent backdrop for this well-written tale of love and (mis)adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 26 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback
This is on my keeper shelf. It is a lovely story with 2 believable leads. Jack is injured and hiding away in the country, his grandmother manipulates her ward into staying with him as his housekeeper. He is grumpy, chivalrous, rude, loving, kind and arrogant and adore him! Kate is kind and loving. She was tricked into believing she had married a French officer in the war and is filled full of shame for sleeping with him. She has been ostracised from society. Whilst she is a king hearted young lady she is no push over and riles our hero out of his stupor. It really is a story of true love and I have read it many times. The misunderstandings between the characters together with their motivation is believable and the ending where Jack rescues her from a horrible social situation is really moving. Highly recommended.
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