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Traditionally Defiant: Caraline [Kindle Edition]

Allisia Wysong
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If you can break someone’s spirit will they ever be the same? Caraline Hawkins refuses to find out, for years she has lived for everyone else, now it’s her turn. Her difficult life has made it hard to trust many people. Her parents are cruel, teachers expect perfection, and if she gets married it will only get worse. She has a plan for her life and it will never include a man having any power over her again. She knows life will be hard, but is willing to do what she must to protect her and her brother. Until, Alexander Phenton starts trying to dismantle the walls she has built around her life
Alexander has loved Caraline for more years then even he realized, until the day she disappears. He uses all his contacts but it still takes him two years to find her and get her back in his life. The problem is she still refuses to ever fall in love, except now she has a secret that has hardened her heart even more. Can he get her to trust him enough to share her secrets and life with him?


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Allisia Wysong is a Christian with a strong belief that God can do all things. She has been writing for over ten years off and on, honing her craft. She is currently attending College to attain her BA. Allisia lives with her two daughters and miniature pincher who doesn’t know she’s a dog, shhh. You can learn more by going to traditionallydefiant.wordpress.com Traditional Defiant is a series that has been in the works for many years and has finally become a reality. The first in this series is Caraline, the one who decided she was tired of being the pawn in a man’s world. With her friends, (other books to come) she shows that women are not just meant to sit and look pretty. Enjoy the books and please feel free to leave a review!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494231913
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GZ1XK5U
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Book with strong Christian theme 7 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A few errors in the book such as 'whit' instead of 'wit'. Not the best plot I've read and not always consistent with the time. A bank managers family would Not move in the same circles as the 'ton'. Good job it was free or I would return it for a refund.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Modern 6 Jan. 2014
By Reading Fanatic (CMP) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I know that authors sometimes read the reviews of their books, and I believe that this may be Ms. Wysong's first novel. I don't like hurting anyone's feelings and I hate to write negative reviews, but I also feel a responsibility to my fellow readers to give an honest opinion of any books I read. This is especially true because I rely heavily on the reviews of others when deciding whether or not to purchase and read a book.

First off, I have to give Ms. Wysong credit for actually creating an interesting plot. One thing that was apparent to me from reading this book is that Ms. Wysong has a creative mind. Furthermore, the writing is quite good. When I read the book blurb I was so excited and looked forward to reading this book. I love historical romances and am always looking for ones with unique plots or plots with a new twist. This book seemed like it would fall into one of those two categories.

Alas, very shortly after I started reading I realized that I wasn't going to enjoy the story. This was not because the story is boring, or the writing bad, but because the language and behavior of the characters is way too modern. Phrases like "skating on thin ice," "put two and two together," "hit rock bottom," and the like, are used continually throughout the story, both in the characters' dialogue and thoughts, as well as in the narrated portions of the book.

Then there is behavior of the characters that did not fit with the times, such as when Caraline "pulled up her simple muslin dress to reveal her belly to Sarah...." This she did while sitting in Sarah's sitting room! And that's just one example of many. I'm not sure in what year the book is set because, while the primary mode of transportation is horses and carriages, the author has cits mixing with the aristocrats and that did not happen until sometime in the 1900's with the advent of the industrial revolution. For instance, we are told that Caraline's father is a banker (doesn't that make him a Cit?), yet he and his wife frequently attend balls with the aristocracy.

Titles and proper forms of address are not adhered to, and indeed, just about everyone is referred to by their first names. I am by no means a historical purist. I am always more than willing to allow authors creative license to bend and twist the rules of society normally adhered to during the time period in which a story is set. However, in this instance it was just too much.

It is obvious that the author was neither familiar with, nor researched, the time period in which she set her story (or if she is familiar with it, she decided to disregard the rules of society of the period.)

The heroine, Caraline, has no intention of ever getting married, but her parents (or rather, her mother) are bound and determined to see her married to a wealthy man who can help to raise their social status. Caraline's parents are evil.....they are not just unkind, uncaring, negligent, and/or disinterested parents. They are over the top EVIL!

*SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER*

Caraline suffers sexual and physical abuse at the hands of her father. We are told that her mother was not only aware of his conduct, but also, on at least one occasion, stood guard outside Caraline's bedroom door while her raped his daughter. Furthermore, Caraline is sexually assaulted and beaten by another man at the instigation of her father (this occurs after her parents abandon her on the streets in the slums of London for a year!). When she ends up pregnant, she is sent to a nunnery where she ultimately loses the baby. All this information the reader learns after the fact (you don't actually read it.) Then there is the fact that her father is trying to sell Caraline as a mistress!

*END OF SPOILER*

The hero, Alexander, is the third son of a Duke. He is also a brother of Caraline's best friend, Jane. Alexander has loved Caraline for many years, but of course, she is not interested. Alex is determined to win Caraline as his bride. His devotion to her is very sweet.

You should be aware that this is a Christian historical romance. Alexander and his family are deeply religious, as are several other characters throughout the book. The story that unfolds encompasses Caraline's journey to accepting God, and thus salvation, into her life. The religious aspect of the story is pervasive, so if you're not into Christian historical novels this not the book for you. On the other hand, this is a clean romance....some kissing but no sex.

The story of how Alex finally wins his lady love is interesting, but I felt removed from the characters. They were ok, but I could not really relate to them. At the end of the day, I cannot recommend this book. It is a good first try by the author, and had she set her story in a more modern setting I might have enjoyed it. If you are a historical romance purist, then this is not the book for you. The same is true if you do not care for Christian romance novels.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept my attention from the first page 7 April 2014
By LR Hatfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I normally don't read much romance. I found this book intriguing and it kept my attention. Many twists and turns. I wanted to know what going to happen next and was Caraline going to be ok. The author did a very good job at describing the surroundings and her characters. Description is one thing I look for when reading a book and she did an awesome job! If you want to read a romance that will keep your attention and you grow feelings for the characters, this is the book to read. I highly recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book 23 Jun. 2014
By Angie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book, i guess if your really picky about certain things, you would find something wrong. It was a clean, Christian Story, but not over the top. I'm not really good at writing reviews, but I really liked this story, and I would definitely read another book by this author. And no, I don't know her personally, so it's not that kind of review. I'm just someone who really enjoyed reading the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish 7 Jan. 2014
By kshrop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This didn't seem to be much of a Regency romance. The phrases used often were not of the era, nor was the mingling of people in trade and aristocrats.

From what I did read, the heroine's parents could only be described as monsters. It became clear early on who the hero of the story is. I couldn't get much farther into the story however.

There wasn't any depth to the characters. I couldn't picture them in my mind as real people, so there was no connection for me.

Apparently this is a Christian romance, and I hadn't realized that when I downloaded it. I admit I am not a fan of that particular genre and probably would have passed on reading it.

I didn't care for what I did read, but readers who do enjoy the genre might.
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