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The Surgeon's Lady (Channel Fleet #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  589 ratings  ·  68 reviews
As a surgeon in the Royal Navy, Lieutenant Philemon Brittle has proved his bravery countless times. But he's never known the thrill that comes with falling in love. Until he meets the beautiful Lady Laura Taunton, who has turned to nursing the wounded as solace from her unhappy past.
Philemon will need to draw upon every bit of his strength and determination to convince th
eBook, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published January 1st 2009)
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Carla Kelly has a way of showing not glossing over like some other regency romances the hardships of war. But not the war it’s self, but the effect it has one the lives of people. How it effects the families and love ones of soldiers- off to fight battles they don’t know their be able to come home from. In Marrying The Captain Your shown the effects war has on families, and the love that soldiers live on, when their hearts are back home and their minds having to be in the heat of battle. With T ...more
The 2nd book in the Channel Fleet series, The Surgeon's Lady starts a few months after Marrying The Captain ended. The Napoleonic Wars are still playing havoc with everyone's lives, and that's the setting of this book. You don't have to read the 1st book to understand the 2nd, but you might want to do that if you don't like spoilers because some events that took place at the end of the previous book are mentioned in this one.

Lady Laura Taunton is one of Lord Ratliffe's illegitimate daughters - t

@ 18 y/o, Laura’s father sold her to the highest bidder to pay off his creditors. As a result, Laura’s body & self-worth have taken a lotta abuse. She had nowhere to go & noone to turn to. Her hubby (30 yrs her senior) treated her as if she served only 1 purpose, as a vessel, to crank out his heir, ‘cuz his 1st late wife had failed. Then he suffered from apoplexy & turned into an invalid. Laura got the thankless job of being his caretaker for 3 years. Now that he’s expired, she’s fin
I think Carla Kelly may be my favorite historical romance novelist who is still writing. I love that her heroes are just average men who actually have occupations other than sitting around and pretending to be rakes. I really liked the hospital setting in The Surgeon’s Lady. The romance was also sweet without being sappy. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
I did not realize when I picked this one up that it was a sequel to Marrying The Captain. OOPS.

Lady Laura Taunton has many hats: she's the base-born daughter of Viscount Ratcliffe; she's happily widowed after a pretty shitty marriage; and she's plagued by guilt! Lt. Philemon Brittle has one hat: sexy surgeon extraordinaire! SOUNDS LIKE A RECIPE FOR FEELINGS SOUP.

1. Here's the thing, though: Philemon is just...too much. He's SO perfect that his only flaw appears to be the fact that he's working A
I really liked this story which is the sequel to Marrying the Captain. Carla Kelly is a wonderful author in that she draws you into the story in such a way that you don't want to put the book down. Philemon Brittle is a terrific romantic hero and I was glad to see him be "common"....i.e. not a Lord or Admiral or other titled gentleman. There's much to be said for the everyday man.
Not the perfect book but exactly my favourite kind of historical romance : not so much steam (do not expect wild and steamy sex) but a thoroughly researched historical background (as usual in Carla Kelly's novels) and a nice romance with two main characters that truly match. I'm a real sucker for Regency novels with a real & realistic military or naval background, especially well-written ones as Carla Kelly's always are :)
I didn't read the first book of the series but it didn't matter at all
This story blew me away. It's the best romance I've read in a while, and definitely the best Harlequin I ever read. It manages to be equally sad and distressing and hopeful at the same time. It's a story about war and love, but mostly about healing.

Laura Taunton is a bastard sold by her father to the highest bidder, which landed her in a very abusive marriage with an older man. After he falls sick, she nurses him until he dies 3 years later. A Lady and a widow, she's discovered by her unknown ha
Very nice story, very noble and self-sacrificing characters, but the book didn't really draw me into the story emotionally. Too much "telling", not enough "showing".

IMHO, there were too many subplots for a story of this length:
- Laura and Philemon's story, which should have been the main story but almost got relegated to the background
- Laura's backstory with her father, the school and her first marriage
- the whole jumble of the medical, hospital and war subplots
- the continuation of Oliver
I loved Laura and Phil even more than Nana and Oliver, and that's pretty impressive. Laura's life was harder than Nana's because she had no one looking out for her, and she was very screwed up emotionally as a result. I loved how Phil supported her so well, and seeing them doing doctoring together was very cool. My only quibble is that they were awfully blunt with each other from the start - I'd have thought Laura would have been at least uncomfortable with some of the conversations for quite aw ...more
Trina Lore
I read these books out of order, but it didn't matter. Carla Kelly is one of those amazing rare finds who treats her readers as if they have brains, and gives us beautiful stories populated by wonderful people who we end up wishing (or pretending) were real.

I wish I wasn't making this review a condensation of all her books, but I am a lazy reader/reviewer. Suffice it to say that ALL the books I've been able to get on my kindle by this author have been AMAZING. And I will keep looking, for older
This is an excellent follow up to "Marrying the Captain." Nana and Oliver appear in this story but as a backdrop to Lady Laura Taunton (Nana's half-sister) and Philemon Brittle, a Royal Navy surgeon. Lady Taunton has been widowed for a year when she works up the courage to read Nana's letter inviting her to visit. Laura and Nana know each other from Miss Pym's school in Bath but never knew they were both Lord Ratliffe's by-blows. They also have another half-sister, Polly Brandon, who has decided ...more
In order for this to have ended up in my house someone, somewhere, must have recommended it to me, but I can’t imagine who, or why. The first third of it is absolutely abysmal; tediously dull and repellently preachy. If one were to pick this up expecting a regency romance (which the cover pretends to be) one would be seriously disappointed. Once I realized that this is instead a rather lightweight novel about nursing during the Napoleonic wars, then it almost moved up to OK. It didn’t have much ...more
Rosario (
We meet Lady Laura Taunton at a bit of a turning point in her life. She's recently widowed and the death of her husband, meant relief, rather than bereavement. It's not just that he was a much older man her father forced her into marrying and he was obsessed with getting her pregnant. It's also that Laura spent the last few years nursing her husband after a really bad stroke, and she's glad both of them are free of this (I didn't quite get why she felt she had to do the most intimate tasks of nu ...more
A new author to keep. I so enjoy reading well-researched books, which present the information in a natural way, "show don't tell". And marine life isn't foreign to me either nor is medicine, so it was particularly interesting due to the topic of choice.

Our heroine, the widowed Laura, has suffered through abuse in her first marriage, yet another well-known thing to me personally. The story is as much about romance and life in the surgery as it is about healing, and I love to see her work through

I'm a medical student so I like reading historical romance with Doctor or Nurse heroine

I loved a lot of things in this book
Phill he was so so nice and compassionate. With Laura and with his patients
Nana, Oliver and little Rachel <3
Matthew & Davey and the rest of Block 4 patients
I liked the romance AND the picture of the state of medicine in the British navy during the Napoleonic wars. Very good read.

A little slow moving but still a wonderful, sweet romance.
Megan Doreen
I read this book because a lot of library patrons had been asking for read alikes by this author. Since I wasn't familiar with her, I decided to read one...and I ended up reading three. This one was ok. I didn't realize that it was the second in a trilogy...although that didn't matter in the long run. I liked it more until I read the following book in the trilogy which portrayed this main character in a less than flattering light. The depiction of Laura in Marrying the Marine, retroactively nega ...more
“The Surgeon’s Lady” is #2 of a three sisters trilogy by author Carla Kelly. The first one I read took place behind enemy lines of the Napoleonic Wars. This one centers on the aftermath of the battles, namely injuries, death, gore, and how the military doctors cope with it all. The medical descriptions are pretty horrific at times but it certainly gave me another view of just how those wars transpired and the impact on the British soldiers.

I liked the story very much! The Regency era characters
Three months after MARRYING THE CAPTAIN ended, Lady Laura Thornton visited her younger half-sister Nana. They didn't know of their relationship until recently and Laura is unsure of what is going to happen when they meet for the first time. She need not have worried because she is welcomed with love.

A widow, she was forced into a loveless marriage to Sir John Taunton, a man 30 years her senior. All for the sake of producing an heir; a child that was never born. She is lonely now. She wonders wh
I lately listened to two marvelous books on audio, North and South and Morning Glory. Since then all the other books I've picked up to read have seemed unsatisfying, so I was doubly pleased to pick up this book by a favorite author. In fact, I pulled it off my to-read shelf precisely because I was sure Carla Kelly would provide a good story, and she did.

For one thing, it's wonderful to step into a historical romance that isn't peopled with Dukes and glittering accounts of balls and expensive clo
The Surgeon’s Lady

3.5 stars

I wanted to love this book. I accidentally read the third book in this series first (Marrying the Royal Marine) and I devoured that one. Then I read the first book (Marrying the Captain) and it was good but not as good as MRM. I was eager to complete the series, especially since many of the reviews I read indicated the readers enjoyed this second book better than the first. Unfortunately, I am not one of those readers.

The Surgeon’s Lady seemed like it was written by a
laura is the bastard child of a peer of the realm, and was auctioned off the highest bidder by her father. her husband wants an heir from her, and laura suffers his attention. when her husband becomes incapacitated after an apoplectic fit, laura is grateful, but resolves to give him the best care that she can. when her husband dies, laura is left aimless. she has previously found out that she has 3 half-sisters, so she goes to visit nana. when she arrives, nana is receiving bad news fro
Mar 21, 2011 Sbuchler rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sbuchler by: gail dayton
Shelves: read-in-2011, romance
Genre: Regency Romance

Unlike most regency romances, this one was not set in the upper echelons of society. The heroine, Laura Taunton is the illegitimate daughter of a lord, and the widow of a baronet but her experience of upper class life was not something anyone would want to repeat. The hero, Philemon Brittle, is a surgeon for the Royal Navy and is devoted to his job, and the grandson of a pig farmer. Despite the differences in their backgrounds, their romance is sweet and touching and believ
Cletta M. Liddie-Juip
Another excellent story by Carla Kelly

This is about a h nursing--holding patients hands, consoling, uplifting, and comforting seamen as some are healed and some die. The H is a surgeon, not a doctor (there was a difference in 1807) who gets so tired he wants to fall in a grave and pull the dirt over himself when he sickens with pneumonia.

The h has been roughly treated by her father and expired husband. The love of an understanding, patient man, is our H.
The heroine in this book is more the hero then the hero!! I could see her change and see her gain strength and courage right along with the hero!!
After a another reading - I found that I loved the romance even more!!
I love the characters, both primary and secondary - (this book was epilogue to first book)I felt like I was right there in the hospital ward with the wounded seamen!! I just love eveything about this book!!
BEST USE OF: war with Napoleon
BEST SCENE - when they first slept together!!
Jessica Snell
I love Kelly’s writing. She’s the best romance writer living, for my money.* Kelly’s characters win my heart, every time. This book was no exception. Kelly is also a historian, and so her books are always well-researched. But unlike some historical writers, the books are always more character-driven than research-driven. Great writer.

* I would warn readers of this blog that Kelly is published by Harlequin, so there are what you would call “warm” passages here and there. But, fwiw, they’re consis
This was sweet, and I liked how capable the heroine was when she decided to do something, although somehow her reasons to become a nurse seemed really shallow. It was like the character acted out of a truly moving impact, but the author accidentally deleted the page where she had all the feels to get her to change her life drastically.
Ms. Kelly really knows how to tell a story; her characters are wonderflly drawn; her knowledge of the period and the conditions for navy personnel at the time is impressive. She manages to teach so much about life for sailors at the time of the Napoleonic Wars without it overpowering the essential story of two people falling in love.
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Although Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest (and first writing success) is Western American fiction—more specifically, writing about America's Indian Wars. Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National P
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