- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1693 KB
- Print Length: 33 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Caroline Linden (17 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GLAE8ME
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Written in my Heart Kindle Edition
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The story begins with Waterloo reported in every paper. Then England waits to hear the casualty reports. Jane waits, hoping and praying that he didn't die in the bloody battle. Finally, the casualty reports are published. Okay, but he could be very sick. Injured badly. Even lost. Missing in action. Jane and Puck wait and worry some more. The whole village waits. The ladies in the seamstress shop wait. Tensely. Seemed realistic.
She wonders if he misses her like she misses him. But they were always more like adoptive siblings. Just friends....
Meanwhile, we get his POV, on the muddy battlefield. We learn what her letters have meant to him. And to others.
I guess the best thing that came of this novella was the realization that I would like to write to a soldier, too. Just to provide comfort and a sense of home. Letters can make such a difference to a disheartened, sick, cold, wet, muddy, miserable -- and maybe wounded -- warrior. Linden did a decent job making that point.
Quibble: I wish she had provided a more solid setting. The date. Exactly when did Napoleon meet his Waterloo? What time of year? April, if memory serves? I dunno.
I highly recommend Like None Other, another novella by this author, about a retired naval admiral (or was he a captain?) falling for his new neighbor. Loved it! And by the way, Like None Other is also a clean romance, just like this one is (most of Linden's long books include sex).
Like None Other is also sold in the huge anthology [The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance (Mammoth Books)]
Ms. Linden did a superb job letting me know just enough information, right when I needed it to understand the story before the book began. I loved so many turns of phrase, so many beautiful ways of saying things, I could literally see the characters in my mind. I had to highlight so many sentences and paragraphs on my Kindle. The first kiss was so incredibly tender, so very telling about the state of the emotions and hearts of both Ethan and Jane, my heart fairly melted. The story worked on so many levels. Kudos to Ms. Linden!
Sensuality Level: Clean/Sweet
Violence: minor, if present at all
Jane has been writing to Ethan for 3 years. He is in the British army and the Battle of Waterloo has just been completed. When Ethan's name does not appear on any death lists, Ethan should be home soon.
Jane's heart is waiting to see him safely home.
These two have been friends since childhood, and because of all the exchanged letters the friendship has become so much more.
This is a sweet short story which reminds everyone of young love and all the tenderness which goes with it.
Caroline Linden has created an entire wonderful story in very few words. She is a talented author.
** Clean short story.
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