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The Portrait [Kindle Edition]

Hazel Statham
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 194 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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England 1812: Severely injured at the battle of Salamanca, Edward Thurston, the new Earl of Sinclair, returns home to his beloved Fly Hall. Determined not to present his prospective bride with the wreck he believes himself to have become, he decides to end his betrothal, unaware that Lady Jennifer, for vastly differing reasons, has reached the selfsame decision. Throughout the campaigns, Edward was often seen relying greatly on a miniature he carried, and it is to this token he clings upon his return. Will he eventually find happiness with the girl in the portrait, or will he remain firm in his resolve not to wed? Reason dictates one course, his heart another.

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About the Author

Hazel Statham lives in England and has been writing on and off since she was fifteen. Initially she was influenced by Austen, the Bronts, and Sabatini but when Hazel turned seventeen, Georgette Heyer opened up the romance and elegance of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She immediately knew she had found her eras and wanted nothing more than to re-create them in her work. Hazel lives with her husband, Terry, and a beautiful Labrador named Mollie. Apart from writing, her other ruling passion is animals, and until recently she acted as treasurer for an organization that raised money for animal charities.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1098 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance; Reprint edition (22 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1AJLR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hazel Statham began writing at the age of fifteen, finally committing to paper the stories she spun as a child. Writing has been her passion ever since, although marriage, motherhood, and career left time for little else. Once she retired, however, she was able to devote herself to writing full-time, publishing her first novel in 2007. A longtime student of history, she writes mainly in the Regency and Georgian eras, though she has been known to dabble in the medieval as well. She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her husband, Terry, and their beloved yellow Labrador, Mollie

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is an endearing love story 8 Mar. 2013
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This is an endearing love story following Edward Thurston and Lady Jennifer's journey after the break-up of their betrothal, and it is told from both character's perspectives. You cannot help but feel for handsome Edward, who has returned home from war severely affected - both physically and mentally - by the atrocities that he was part of whilst away. He cannot bring himself to ask Jennifer to deal with this aftermath and so he breaks off their engagement:

"Ironic is it not? To the outside world `twould appear that I have time aplenty, but you see, I have not. I am to be married, John. Or, more rightly, I was to be married. Yet how can I expect a wife to commit herself to the wreck I have become?"

Edward is a very caring man, close to his family and very honourable, so when Jennifer later needs his help, he does not turn her away. What follows is an unexpected adventure that allows them to finally get to know each other properly.

Despite the seriousness of the topic of post-traumatic stress, this book has a lot of fun elements. I love the quirkiness of Lady Jennifer - she certainly isn't your usual historical romance novel heroine. She is feisty, she is smart, she isn't afraid of other people's opinions of her and she certainly does not swoon. But she is confused about her feelings for Edward and at times somewhat naïve of the complications of love:

"Ned, I must know. Did you offer for me out of a sense of honor? Did you feel obligated to offer marriage?"

She saw his shoulders stiffen, and his tone was cold when, without turning, he answered, "If that is what you truly believe, you silly girl, then yes. If that explanation satisfies you, and it is how you perceive it, yes."

There is also a sense of mystery to this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars He's very appealing...... 2 Aug. 2014
By Patsy
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Not my usual genre, but I think the daily offer must have caught me in an odd mood - so I bought this, duly read it and enjoyed it for what it is. It's reminiscent of lots of other historical romances and felt familiar for that, but nonetheless, enjoyable. I think I must be sentimental in my old age, even taking it to the point of wondering where all the honourable, principled men are nowadays. He's a very appealing character and if romances are your thing, I'd heartily recommend this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book 21 Aug. 2014
By SusieQ
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This was my second book by Hazel Statham and I rather enjoyed the story of Edward Thurston and Lady Jennifer who were betrothed before he went off to war and out of a sense of duty when he returned he broke it off (before she could). Then began the journey of then getting to know each other and him helping her out and throughtout he had a miniture portrait of her which he had carried everywhere (unbeknown to her). This is a sweet romantic read and I really enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle easy read 9 Sept. 2014
By Wiz
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Having read a number of heavy and serious books recently it was good to have a book that didn't require any great effort to read and enjoy. There was enough in the story and characters to keep me interested and to look forward to picking up my Kindle again to read another chapter or two. Would definitely read something else by Hazel Statham.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of hero 1 April 2015
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Enjoyed this a lot. Very easy to read and the blossoming love between the earl and Jenny was a delight. Rather predictable storyline, but what was so different was the fact that the hero, Ned, was a maimed hero, after losing his arm at the Battle of Salamanca. Give this a try if you enjoy Regency Romances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading 14 Dec. 2014
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I enjoyed this story and found it a refreshing change with no violence and no explicit sex scenes. The tension in the book arises from the misunderstandings between the hero and heroine and their brothers provide some excitement as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story 28 July 2014
By Nora
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This was the first book i read from this author and I liked it so much I bought another one as soon as I finished it. It has very likeable characters and nice little twists in the plot just when you think you know what happens next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A light and enjoyable Read 29 July 2014
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A thoroughly enjoyable read, but felt that the Story Line was a little Clichéd in parts .I almost wrote the next Chapter along the Way .Very good Descriptions of the time that it was set in .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed
This book brings out the romantic in us..... a gentle historical love story. If you enjoy goergette hereyer you will enjoy this book.
Published 5 days ago by giles hinch
1.0 out of 5 stars in the style (but not as good as) Georgette Heyer
Very light reading,in the style (but not as good as) Georgette Heyer.
Published 6 days ago by wendy grandfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent light read
Really enjoyed this story, nicely written brought the era very much to mind. I would recommend this book for a quick afternoon read.
Published 12 days ago by Suzy GM
2.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant
A sweet story but strangely reminiscent of a mixture of plot lines I have read before and know very well indeed.
Published 14 days ago by Pam
3.0 out of 5 stars oTHERS MIGHT ENJOY
Published 3 months ago by pamela costello
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book a lot.
Published 4 months ago by Moira Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on.
Most enjoyable and very engrossing hard to put down with a very satisfactory conclusion which is a must for me
Published 5 months ago by mrs p barraclough
3.0 out of 5 stars The Portrait
It's okay - not a lot happening with the story.
Published 6 months ago by Betty Souter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like historical, amusing romances, this is the one for you. A good story line!
Published 6 months ago by Genny
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoy this, very good story.
Published 6 months ago by E Mellor
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