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Reckless Angel

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  213 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
She turned his life into chaos even as she melted his heart…

The injured “boy” Sir Daniel Drummondrescues from a British battlefield is no boy at all,but a vivacious young enchantress fleeing hertyrannical father. Moved by her plight, herspirit, and her mesmerizing beauty—and his own young daughters’ need for a mother—the dashing nobleman impulsively offers towed Henrietta
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Avon (first published 1989)
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Jan 22, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this novel for Romance Reader At Heart website (


The only reason I chose to review this novel is the low, and I mean a very, very low score it received from the readers on Amazon. I’ve just recently discovered this author and from only a handful of books read so far, that score bothered me.

Here is the original 1989 Book Blurb:

She turned his life into chaos as she melted his heart...

Sir Daniel Drummond had amazed himself b
Jan 28, 2015 Desi rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed the history lesson. I was mildly disturbed by the "normal for the period" age gap between the leads but my modern sensibilities in no way took away from my enjoyment of the story. Especially when I remembered people tended to die by the age of forty in the 1600s. So one had better hop to it early o'clock. Both main characters were well fleshed out and interesting. Henrieta was charming (when she wasn't being annoying and incredibly asinine) and Daniel certainly had the patience of Job. T ...more
Noël Cades
Dec 31, 2015 Noël Cades rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historic romance fans
A wonderful, well-researched historic romance with an age-gap frisson.

Reckless Angel deserves a far better blurb than the vague, generically florid one here. It's a surprisingly interesting and moving book set in a very eventful historical era (English Civil War/Roundheads vs Cavaliers).

Fifteen-year-old Henrietta "Harry" Drummond is rescued by 29-year-old widower Sir Daniel Drummond. He ends up marrying her partly to save her from her abusive father and being sold in matrimony to some horrible e
Nina Ivanova
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Книгата предимно ме отечи, най-вече заради главната героиня, която намерих за изключително досадна. Сър Даниел не беше зле, което още повече подсилваше чувството ми за съжаление към него, особено след като се ожени. Като история също не можа да ме заинтригува, с изключение на първата, и на последните няколко глави.
The book reather bored me, especially the main female lead, which I found quite annoying. Sir Daniel, was actually not a bad call, but you can't he
Mar 12, 2012 Julie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Lovers!
Nicely written story full of adventure. The heroine, young Henrietta Ashby, AKA, "Harry", is found wounded on a battlefield by the handsome Sir Daniel Drummond. He nurses her back to health and with all good intentions escorts her back to London and her father, all-be-it against her will. He soon after understands the terrible treatment she has suffered at the hands of this father and heroically comes to her rescue with an offer of marriage. She is nothing like his deceased first wife in manners ...more
Angelyn Schmid
Feb 12, 2013 Angelyn Schmid rated it liked it
English Civil War tale of adventure and sweet love. A true Feather romance with a well-researched historical background. From the 80s, I read the book when it came out again in the mid-90s. Modern romance readers typically do not like the age difference between the hero and the heroine.

A word on this: folks have made the valid point that society in the seventeenth century would not have looked in askance at a fifteen-year-old wedding a much older man. Readers as late as the 90s did not look in
May 16, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Henrietta Ashby, known to her friends as“Harry”, dresses as a boy and joins a battle to escape her abusive father. On the battlefield she’s rescued by Sir Daniel Drummond who then feels responsible for taking her home. Escorting her to safety proves more hazardous than the war, however, as she works her charms on him. The only way he figures to save her is to marry her. Henrietta accepts, liking her champion and hoping she can live up to his expectations. But can she shed her impulsive nature to ...more
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This is one of the more "unconventional" historical ones where a lady masquerades as boy. Although honestly, weren't there more women that did this? I find it hard to believe an entire society is filled with women all following the party line. Then again with them completely financially dependent on a man with no way to support themselves w/o selling their body, I should be more understanding.

In this one, "Henry" is cute and it's easy to see why the hero falls for her and saves her. Sweet uncomp
May 03, 2012 Elle rated it liked it

This one is a little tame, to be honest. The man is so confident and easy going that he fails to be an arse, which makes him imminently likeable, but also keeps the fireworks from happening on any grand scale. That said, the story happens during the English Civil War and Parliament's/Cromwell's ruthless regime, so there's some interesting history going on in the background. And the heroine's complete inability to observe social proprieties keep things from being too easy. In all, a good early b
Wendy Clark
Apr 02, 2015 Wendy Clark rated it it was amazing
i really enjoyed this book!
Aug 14, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book. It was more focused on the historical time period, which was pretty fascinating, and the interpersonal relationships, which progressed in a satisfying way, than the bedroom, which made me like the book more. An entertaining read, but not the best I've read.
I really tried to finish this, but only got half way. I could not get past the age of the main character in this Commonwealth themed romance. She was just too young, it made me feel uncomfortable even though i knew that's how old girls were when they got married back then.
Ioana Draghici
May 25, 2015 Ioana Draghici rated it did not like it
I couldn't even finish this book! it was a complete turn off when I found out that the girl was 15 and the man was 29. it seemed so perverted! I understand that in the time that was alright but reading it now was impossible for me with out being disgusted!
Feb 25, 2012 Eunice rated it liked it
An okay historical romance of the early 1600's in England.
Sep 10, 2013 Sharom rated it liked it
Good story. I laugh a lot with Harry ways.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jul 23, 2015 02:09PM  
  • You And No Other
  • Seductive as Flame (Bruton Street Bookstore, #4)
  • The Princess (Bride Quest, #1)
  • Rules of Engagement: The Reasons for Marriage\The Wedding Party\Unlaced
  • My Reckless Heart (Thorne Brothers, #2)
  • My Lady Rival (Belgrave Square Affair, #1)
  • The Runaway Heiress (The Odd-Sock Hunt Club, #2)
  • Border Fire (Border Trilogy I, #2)
  • Tender the Storm (Deveraux Trilogy, #1)
  • The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #3)
  • The Tea Planter's Bride
  • Seduced
  • Recklessly Yours (Her Majesty's Secret Servants #3)
  • Waltz with a Stranger
  • Seduction (The Spymaster's Men, #1)
  • What Isabella Desires (Lords of Intrigue, #3)
  • The Promise (Rebel Promise, #1)
Jane Feather was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in New Forest, in the south of England. She began her highly successful career after she and her family moved to Washington D.C. in 1981. She now has over ten million books in print.

Has also written under pseudonym of Claudia Bishop (books written in 1984)
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