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The Soldier (Windham #2)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,957 ratings  ·  227 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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
Lady Wesley
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
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%.
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, p
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
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
This was a pretty good story (not as hot as I like)-The ending was very sweet-I liked both the Hero (suffering from bad memories of war) & the Heroine (independent but has a secret)-The child in the story isn’t to distracting most of the time-It has lots of dialogue (which I love)…But there were a few places in the discourse that I felt didn’t fit the time period; Example: In the beginning of the story when Lord St Just meets Emmie and she’s not feeling well…He comes straight out and asks he ...more
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
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
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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
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
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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.
Sandy M
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
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
Second in The Duke's Obsession trilogy. This story centers on Devlin St. Just, the duke's eldest but bastard son and Emmaline Furnum and the little girl named Winnie. St. Just, a war hero from Waterloo is awarded Rosecroft, the estate left vacate by the villain from The Heir (#1 in the series) not realizing that with Rosecroft also comes Winnie, Helmsley's daughter. Ms Burrowes manages to do better with this second novel than her first. At least there are gallons less of lemonade in this story t ...more
3.5 stars
I bawled like a little girl near the end. Around three-fourths into the book, though, there was a wee part that was so tedious I very nearly lost patience reading.
This book contains the most sympathetic main characters I've read in an HR in a long while. St. Just is a veritable woobie. Just reading about his childhood and his experiences during the Napoleonic Wars just reduced me to tears. Poor dear. And I just loved reading about his relationship with his family, especially with his mo
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
This was so sweet. I loved the affection between all the siblings. Devlin was an awesome hero. I liked Emmie too. It had been awhile since I read The Heir (Duke's Obsession, #1), so I was a little lost with certain details in this book. All in all, that was okay. Recommend this series, but don't wait a long time between books:-)
Katie A. E.
I had read The Heir years ago and had enjoyed it thoroughly but the first attempt hadn't captured my attention. However, this second effort was worth the wait. I really liked The Soldier a lot, especially the balance of a character driven journey between Devlin and Emmie's secret mystery--which I guessed but still entertaining--as well as the care over Winnie, made for a satisfying read, beginning to end. Once again, the writing was superb and deftly handled. Even the secondary characters were e ...more
I wish the author had started out strong but she built up to it. I really didn't understand how the hero and heroine fell for each other so quickly without even knowing each other for long. Didn't strike me as a live at first sight thing. LOVED the hero and the relationship with his own brother and Winnie. So giving this a "good book" rating and will probably buy the next in the series.
Fuck you, Grace Burrowes. You made me cry. I pride myself on my hard heartedness. I can read about characters in historical romance dying in the most heartbreaking ways and laugh. AND if I can't laugh, if I tear up a bit, I can at least scoff at being manipulated. But I cried real tears. No fair. Who do you think you are? Diana Gabaldon?
My rating: 3.5 to 4 stars

I cannot get enough of Grace Burrowes writing. I love it!

THE SOLDIER was a great read. The characters were lively and believable but I did have a problem with the heroine.... she CRIED TOO MUCH!

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I just wanted to slap her around a few times and tell her to grow a pair. I mean, c'mon! Get ahold of yourself, girl. You're the heroine and you're crying over some of the stupidest things. I also felt like she couldn't make up her mind on a lot of situations throughout the stor
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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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