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The Soldier (Windham #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  2,971 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews

His idyllic estate is falling down from neglect and nightmares of war give him no rest. Then Devlin St. Just meets his new neighbor...


With her confident manner hiding a devastating secret, his lovely neighbor commands all of his attention, and protecting Emmaline beco
ebook, 407 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published April 23rd 2011)
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ms bookjunkie
I really liked this book. But…

I've now read two GB books (The Heir and The Soldier), and I have an issue with them. Both have had a strong, promising, 5-star beginning and middle, but a weaker ending. The heroines have a tendency to keep secrets beyond what is reasonable—at least to me as the reader—and it makes me want to whack them over the head with something solid. So it ruins some of the joy of the book for me. But that's just my opinion, and I'm totally going to read what else she produces
I've given this a B for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals - 3.5 stars rounded up.

The Soldier is the second book in Grace Burrowes’ eight-book series about the sons and daughters of the Duke and Duchess of Windham and, as with the first book (The Heir), it features a number of recurring characters and family members. That said, the story works well as a standalone; anyone starting with the series here shouldn’t have any particular problems working out the various friendships and familia
Aug 20, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone in the HR stratosphere.
4.5 stars.

Forget the blurb. This is one of the best (and one of my favourite) historical romances of the year.

I read the first in Burrowes' Duke's Obsession series - The Heir - ages ago and while I enjoyed it, I felt lost throughout most of it. It seemed to feel like there was a lot of character and story arc background missing. Therefore, I picked up The Soldier with fairly low expectations and was ecstatic to discover how well-written and brilliant it was.

Devlin St Just is an absolute dream. I
Jun 23, 2011 Angelc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I loved this book! This was one of the more heartfelt romances I've read for a long time. Some scenes are real tearjerkers, but there's still a lot of hope and glimpses of the sun peeking through the clouds.

Devlin was, when it's all said and done, the perfect tortured hero. His years at war gave him many emotional scars to heal. But he was still nothing but considerate and caring. Sure he was a little grouchy at times, but he was never less than respectful and loving to his family and loved
Miranda Davis
Grace Burrowes writes so beautifully and so wittily, the first half was fantastic, wonderful characters introduced and the hero and heroine's attraction established with wit and emotion. Then everything goes angst-y, churn-y and to me, unappealing. She cries a lot, and I mean a lot, but doesn't explain herself to him. Repeatedly. He wants to understand her issues and proves himself to be honorable. He continues to be a great guy who is suffering his own torments thanks to PTSD, her inexplicable ...more
3 1/2 stars. This sequel to The Heir (Duke's Obsession, #1) has many of the same virtues and flaws as that book. The main virtue is the affectionate, intimate tone: her books are filled with nurturing, and good food, and loving caresses. Emmie, our heroine this time, is a baker, and most of the conversations in the story seem to happen over apple tarts. Which brings to mind one of the book's flaws -- a tendency to repetition. It was lemonade last time -- this time it's apple tart and menses. I'd ...more
Hmmmm. Well, to be fair, the first book in the series was so good, that anything else was bound to pale in comparison. However, I was at least HOPING the next one would be almost, if not as good, as the first one.

I will start by saying I genuinly think Devlin had homosexual tendencies. Not that there is anything wrong with that... but it wasn't what I wanted or expected to read. Nothing actually happened, but I'm sorry, there were WAY too many instances in the book where I would literally excla
Bambi Unbridled
The Soldier is the second installment of the Windham series, and features my favorite son of the Duke of Windham - Devlin St. Just. The Windhams are a unique family having taken in and raised the Duke's two illegitimate children that he sired prior to his marriage. They are also an extremely affectionate family - often hugging one another and talking about feelings and even crying (I'm speaking of the males here). So that is unique in the historical romance genre for me.

Devlin St. Just is the o
Jun 20, 2011 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Lady Wesley
May 17, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amz-rev
Grace Burrowes is a very talented writer, and she creates characters you come to really care about. This is a good thing, as the first three books in this series are basically the same plot, with different people and settings. The Heir: duke’s heir, burdened by the demands of running the duke’s estates, spends the summer in London and falls in love with a women beneath him in social status who is keeping deep, dark secrets. The Soldier: duke’s illegitimate son moves to his new estate in Yorkshir ...more
Jul 01, 2011 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this book four stars except she used the phrase "he plundered her mouth" several times. I always knock off a star for using that rediculous phrase.

Normally I skim the sex in romance novels because it is boring. But I will have to say that, except for the plundering, Ms. Burrowes does far better writing on these scenes than most authors.

I did want to slap the heroine up the side of the head for holding onto her secret far longer than was ncecessary, even for a fairly stupid per
Blodeuedd Finland
As always, a little OCD book reading order speech. Trust me, you can easily read this one without having read book 1 in the series. But if you want to do it right then yes read book 1 first, or read this one and then book 1.

Now on to the book. Devlin St. Just is the illegitimate son of a Duke and now by something he did (I will not tell you what) he has a new estate and a title to go with it. He is a soldier and he is still plagued by the war, battle wounds are hard to get over. Still what was t
Beanbag Love
This was great until about the 75% mark. Then things went to heck. We end up with the same thing as the first book with the heroine being stubborn and clueless. The hero is slightly clueless, but the real problem is Emmie. She really becomes ridiculous and fairly unlikable by the end.

It's a shame because the pacing and story in this one were much better than the previous installment. It could have rated higher if it hadn't gone off the rails for the last 25%.
May 22, 2011 Bookaholics rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Soldier by Grace Burrowes
Historical Romance – June 1st, 2011
5 stars

Poignant, moving and emotional I found myself teary eyed and in love with this tender story! The Soldier is a quiet but emotionally charged Regency romance about two lost souls who find shelter and love in each other arms.

Devlin is a soldier with gentle heart and a solemn demeanor who was thrown in to the Napoleonic War. He returns as hero but the war has scarred him. He jumps at storms, has fits of rage and indulges in the b
Laura V.
Dos hermosas estrellas por el maravilloso casi romance entre Douglas y Devlin
¡Que bien desarrolló esta relación!
Me hacía suspirar de los tiernos que eran, esperaba con ansias sus escenas. *O*
Todo lo interesante de este libro se perdió cuando él tuvo que volver a su casa. Era tan lindo de leer que estos chicos sean tan cercanos, y se abracen sin preocupaciones, que tengan esa hermosa confianza de poder llorar en el hombro del otro.
¡De tocarse, mon dieu! Parece una tontería que eso me alegre, pe
Burrowes' books are so quiet, so at-their-own-pace, so peaceful. I know it's a bizarre thing to say of a romance novel, let alone as a positive thing, but I love that quality, the one that makes the books a mood piece, a warm summer day, more than anything else. The hero of the story is a decorated officer of the Napoleonic wars, who comes to stay at his new estate in Yorkshire and the heroine is the village baker. He is haunted by the demons he brought back from the war, she has secrets of her ...more
So far what I've noticed about Grace Burrowes books is that the drama continues after the point at which a simple conversation would solve the problem. And sometimes that's fine! I like a good angst fest. I love a good angst fest, actually. But when it involves a very obvious secret, it just makes me want to shake the people involved.

Which is to say that I liked this, but I didn't love it the way I wanted to given how found I've become of St. Just in the previous books in the series.
Oct 04, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review I did for Romance Reader At Heart website:


The Duke's Obsession trilogy continues with the oldest of brothers, Devlin St. Just, who's a half-brother to Val and Westhaven, and a bastard son of the wily, old Duke of Moreland.

In THE SOLDIER, we reacquaint ourselves with the man whom the Duchess took in at the age of five to be raised along her own brood. He's a long-time soldier, a kind and devoted brother. He's a man whose body had suffered no mortal wo
Sandy M
Oct 19, 2011 Sandy M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I fell in love with the hero of this book when we met him in The Heir. He’s the illegitimate brother of the Earl of Westhaven, though their father has recognized him and that makes his life much easier. At least as far as society is concerned. Dev still has demons that no one can help him conquer. Until he meets Emmaline.

While I did enjoy this book, I feel that Devlin is slightly different from his character in The Heir. But, of course, we only touched the surface of his character in that book a
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Redemption, in its most loving form, works its magic for Devlin St. Just, new Earl of Rosecroft in Yorkshire, as well as for Emmaline Farnum, even though they both think they are beyond it. Getting to share this emotional experience with them is a special treat for the reader. Grace Burrowes creates another enthralling tale just as captivating as The Heir.

Emmaline (Emmie) Farnum saw her mother and aunt used by men but does not plan for it to happen to her. The old Earl, grandfather of the despi
Michelle Robinson
THis is the first book that I have read, by this author and I have to say, it was really good.

I loved that this was pretty much a pure love story. Just two flawed people (as we all are) who began to care deeply for each other coming to grips with those feelings and struggling with what to do with them.

I have to say, that for me, the one thing that did not work was the time period that this book was supposed to be set in. It bothered me that Emmaline moved in with St. Just, even if it was to prov
The Soldier
2 Stars

Psychologically tormented from his experiences in the Napoleonic wars, Devlin St. Just, the oldest but illegitimate son of the Duke of Moreland, only wants to live a quiet life in the wilds of Yorkshire. So, when he is granted the rundown estate of Rosecroft, he travels there posthaste only to discover that it is already inhabited by an unruly 6 year old and her exquisite cousin - both of whom are about to make his life a lot less peaceful.

Devlin’s story has such wonderful pot
Linda Banche
Jun 05, 2011 Linda Banche rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace Burrowes's latest Regency historical, THE SOLDIER, is a redemption tale about three suffering people who share a common bond and who find peace with each other.

Devlin St. Just, duke's bastard and former soldier wounded in mind if not in body, returns from ten years of war as the newly minted Earl of Rosecroft. He travels to his sadly-in-need-of-repair estate and there discovers the former earl's illegitimate child. Also on the scene is Miss Emmaline Farnum, herself a bastard, and the child
Romancing the Book
Reviewed By Desere
Review Copy Provided By-Author
When it comes to Historical Romance books I read, I tend to go for the authors that I are my favorites and trying a new authors is something I need to talk my mind into. But after reading The Heir by Grace Burrows there is for me no turning back I would pick up a copy of any of her books in a heartbeat.

That is why even before reading her second book The Soldier I already knew I would not be disappointed and I was so right! In The Soldier we meet a
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Jul 06, 2016 nurmawati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, hr
2.5 stars.

awalnya baca ini gw tertarik..peran utama co nya seorg penyendiri, mantan soldier yg nerima gelar earl walo dia sebenernya seorg anak haram.
ketemu sama ce di estate dia di desa. trus ada anak kecil usia 6 th yg tak terawat yg beredar di estate.
itu anak adalah anak haram dari earl yg sebelumnya ( banyak yg haram2 disini hehe)
si co ini udah 2 tahun after perang mengalama disfungsional ereksi. tapi suatu waktu gak sengaja liat itu ce mandi di danau...langsung deh berasa ada gerakan2 di...
Jun 11, 2011 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by Ms. Burrowes that I have read. The Soldier is a continuation if you will of her tale of the sons of the Duke of Morland that was started with The Heir. In this book we meet the Duke's firstborn son, Devlin St. Just. He is baseborn as they say so he could not inherit his father's title. He was given the earldom of Rosecroft and we join him at his new estate at the start of the book. You do not have to have read The Heir to enjoy this new book - it stands alone quite wel ...more
Dec 25, 2014 BRNTerri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-longer-own
I didn't enjoy this story from the start. Hero and heroine met way too soon and acted too familiar with each other, as if they'd known each other for years. We didn't get to know them at all beforehand. Both were very likeable and there was chemistry between them from the beginning.

What I didn't like most of all was the character, Winnie. She's a small child, cousin to Emmaline, and is related to Devlin by marriage somehow. She's introduced just a few pages in and dominates the entire storyline.
One of the things I like about Grace Burrowes is that she doesn't shy away from the mental health ramifications of her characters' back stories. The hero was a calvary officer fighting against Napoleon, and he's got PTSD. A lot of Regency stories have heroes that fought Napoleon, but it never seems to back up on them, which is pretty unrealistic.

I do like this heroine, though I'm still irritated at the lack of people willing to tell the person they are in love with the actual reason why they are
Feb 15, 2016 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This seemed to be a bit lower keyed than others I have read by the same author. I enjoyed it. But it moved slowly at times. Devlin St. Just has been awarded an earldom for his heroic efforts against Napoleon. But he suffers greatly due to his experiences. The estate he is bestowed holds some leftovers from the previous earl. Emmie lived in a cottage on the premises with Winnie, 5 year-old child who was the previous owner's bastard. Devlin develops a close relationship with both of them and falls ...more
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Windham (10 books)
  • The Heir (Duke's Obsession, #1; Windham, #1)
  • The Virtuoso (Duke's Obsession, #3; Windham, #3)
  • Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (The Duke's Daughters, #1; Windham, #4)
  • Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal (The Duke's Daughters, #2; Windham, #5)
  • Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (The Duke's Daughters, #3; Windham, #6)
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