Author: Grace Burrowes
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Genre: Historical Romance Regency Period.
Publish Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Source Books
~ Synopsis ~
He’ll never be free…
Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.
Until he surrenders his heart…
Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian’s devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian’s heart is only beginning.
~ Karen Ponders ~
I stumbled upon this author purely by chance as I wanted a happily ever after historical read. If you read my reviews you will know up until a year and a half ago I had not read much historical fiction. I was tooling around Amazon, as I sometimes do clicking and clicking and Grace Burrowes books popped up. So I clicked and read the synopsis, I was hooked by the blurb. So I plunged into the world of Christian Severn, the tortured English officer newly returned to England, and what his life had become. I was enamored with the tragic, Duke of Mercia. He returned to England, to find his world completely destroyed and him more a curiosity than a man.
Enter in a whirlwind his wife’s cousin by marriage Gillian. Gillian is recently widowed and has been taking care of the Duke’s young daughter Lucy. Lucy needs her papa, and Gillian is going to do everything in her power to make sure papa steps up to the plate. Gillian chatters a lot, to cover up that she isn’t as confident as she appears.
The Duke is a shell of his former self, he has be physically and psychologically tortured, by the French, during the war. Burrowes does an excellent job of exhibiting Christian struggle with PTSD (okay Regency Romance it would have been shell shock, and some of the first cases were medically reported during this war) but same thing. The only motivation that is keeping Christian moving is revenge and vengeance against his captors. His body may have been physical freed, but Christian is still being held captive by the past. His body and his mind were both ravaged, and coming home didn’t void his torment.
Gillian is in a similar situation, she is held captive by herself doubt, as she endured a marriage from hell, and her husbands death resulted in an inquest. She is lucky she covered her pretty little behind, and was never alone with him after he fell ill. She has suffered in her short life, suffered alone; and without the support of anyone. A woman’s lot in
Burrowes writes a charming, elegant, story of love, revenge, betrayal and renewal. The soul learns lessons and the characters in Burrowes books have been graced with lessons that have changed their lives and enriched their souls.
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~ About the Author ~
Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was a such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Music in Music History, (both from The Pennsylvania State University); a Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at The George Washington University. Her debut novel, The Heir was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Top Five Romances for 2010, and is the first in an eight-sibling historical romance series published by Sourcebooks Casablanca.
Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She discovered romance novels when in junior high (back when there was such a thing), and has been reading them voraciously ever since. Grace has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Music in Music History, (both from The Pennsylvania State University); a Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at The George Washington University.
Grace writes Georgian, Regency, Scottish Victorian and contemporary romances in both novella and novel lengths. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Novelist, Inc. and enjoys giving workshops and speaking at writer’s conferences. If you’d like Grace to speak or present at your conference, contact her here. Giving back to the industry is a large part of the fun of being published!