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"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.Read more ›
If you like traditional Regency Romances, this is just the book for you. I would definitely recommend this for a holiday read - and Ms Statham has written other books which are also worth searching out.
This was a generally light read with a very engaging hero. The heroine is a bit bratish but she is very young. If you want a bit of escapism this book is perfect.
As this read formed part of Dilly Dally's Blog Hop, I left it quite late to review it because we had a trip to the Beating Retreat planned for 13th June at Horse Guards Parade Ground in London (bonus for us we had front row seats really near the Royal Box, and have a fabulous view of Her Majesty).
They featured a short enactment of the Battle of Vitoria (21st June 1813), which was part of Wellington's campaign in the Peninsular.
As our Hero, Edward, was injured at Salamanca, and it seemed like a perfect way to get some idea of just what it might have been like for him to fight, let alone be so badly injured.
Believe me when I say that it really must have been terrifying. Just being in the audience at Horse Guards listening to the jangle of harness, the sound of the gun carriages and the shot of just one cannon with lots of smoke and fireworks was awe inspiring. Let alone being under heavy fire, the many cannon being fired, the smell of gunpowder hanging in the air, as well as that of blood and guts and death. Coupled with cries of his Comrades in Arms and horses.
It's no wonder the poor man suffered so badly from night terrors, brought on no doubt by what we now know as Post Traumatic Stress. It was also completely understandable that he would also feel less of a man because of it and the loss of his arm to boot. No small wonder then that he cried off his engagement to Lady Jennifer.Read more ›
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Easy enjoyable historical romantic read. Light hearted and amusing. Characters obvious in development. Settings and historical times well set .Published 12 days ago by Anne Dinnis
What can have possessed me to lay out good money on this hastily written, illiterate, anachronistic farrago? Read morePublished 9 months ago by slow train
after reading quite an amount of "heavy books" It was good fun to read this book, took me back to school and reading Georgette Heyers books.Published 14 months ago by mrs margaret guest
This book brings out the romantic in us..... a gentle historical love story. If you enjoy goergette hereyer you will enjoy this book.Published 15 months ago by giles hinch
Very light reading,in the style (but not as good as) Georgette Heyer.Published 15 months ago by wendy grandfield
Really enjoyed this story, nicely written brought the era very much to mind. I would recommend this book for a quick afternoon read.Published 15 months ago by Suzy GM
A sweet story but strangely reminiscent of a mixture of plot lines I have read before and know very well indeed.Published 15 months ago by Pam
Enjoyed this a lot. Very easy to read and the blossoming love between the earl and Jenny was a delight. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JW