When I began this book I had no idea of the emotional impact it would have on me. And it didn't happen until the very end. What a tragic, uplifting stWhen I began this book I had no idea of the emotional impact it would have on me. And it didn't happen until the very end. What a tragic, uplifting story this turned out to be.
I had been waiting for Imogen's story. Being the only female member of the Survivor's Club, I was naturally curious how she could possibly be damaged by her wartime experiences. She was, however, badly damaged. And she continued to suffer 8 years later never expecting to heal. So she sealed herself off at her late husband's country estate with a couple of elderly aunts. Enter Percy, the new earl. He had ignored this inherited estate two years earlier when his father died. He was beginning to feel rather worthless since he had done nothing with his life for the last 10 years. So when he turned 30 he decided to make a visit.
Percy and Imogen, naturally, end up involved and it eventually leads to more than just sex. They fall in love. But then we learn of Imogen's actual war experiences. I don't honestly know how you live and survive day to day with those memories. I will only say that the emotional impact was not what I expected. But it was a very touching HEA....more
This is the story of Ralph and Chloe. He has spent the last six years guilt-ridden over the loss of his 3 closest friends whom he had convinced to goThis is the story of Ralph and Chloe. He has spent the last six years guilt-ridden over the loss of his 3 closest friends whom he had convinced to go to war with him. He watched them die while almost losing his own life. He feels lifeless and emotionless.
Chloe is the victim of vicious scandal and has fled London in embarrassment. She is visiting Ralph's grandmother, her godmother. She overhears her lecturing Ralph about the need to marry since he is the successor to her husband, his grandfather and the duke. Chloe, at 27, has feared she will never marry and decides to proposition him. He agrees based on several rules-no attachments and no emotions. Yeah, right.
As the story develops, we watch them fall in love gradually. By the end, they are head-over-heels. It is very touching. She is able to resolve her issues with the scandal and he lays to rest the worst of his guilt. Very touching and satisfying conclusion....more
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this story. It was about Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby. He had been severely injured during the war and was brought to join t**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this story. It was about Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby. He had been severely injured during the war and was brought to join the group at Penderris Hall for healing rather than being committed, which was what his family had decided on. He could not speak in sentences, suffered very painful headaches, and was quite violent. He also suffered from gaps in his memory. Eventually, his physical wounds heal. He was still left, however, with memory gaps and a slight stammer.
The annual meeting of the Survivors' Club changed venue due to Vincent's new baby. Agnes lived nearby with her sister. They were friends with Vincent and Sophia, his wife. So, naturally, they were invited to several occasions which is where Flavian meets up with Agnes once again (having met several months ago in London). He is enchanted and eventually proposes.
Problems being that Agnes had been abandoned by her mother at the age of 5 and was determined never to love (and possibly be hurt) again. And Flavian wants to marry to thwart his family's match-making involving a former fiancee who left him for his best friend when he returned from the war injured. So they both obviously have issues, agendas, and secrets. Which all leads to misunderstandings and hurt feelings. But through it all, they find love. A very satisfying HEA....more
**spoiler alert** I thought this was a sweet short story. I did not expect to like it so much based on the reviews here. But I did. It was just a simp**spoiler alert** I thought this was a sweet short story. I did not expect to like it so much based on the reviews here. But I did. It was just a simple love story two years in the making.
Philippa had become enamored of Julian when she was just 16. Her father caught them holding hands and banished Julian. He had been a reckless rake at the time and decided to change his ways while he waited for Philippa to grow up.
He succeeded admirably. He brought his deceased father's estates back to profitability and improved his own reputation to a spotless one. By the time he made his move back to London to pursue Philippa, she was visiting Viscount Darleigh. Her parents had arranged the visit hoping to receive a proposal from him. He took off and Julian made his move.
All turned out beautifully of course. I am glad we got to read Philippa's story after learning about her in Vincent's. She was not a victim at all. I liked this little story alot....more
**spoiler alert** It was really quite good. The title refers to our heroine, Samantha, escaping a very oppressive way of life. She is one quarter gyps**spoiler alert** It was really quite good. The title refers to our heroine, Samantha, escaping a very oppressive way of life. She is one quarter gypsy and a beauty. She married a man who was in the military and been severely injured. She spent 5 years tending him. He had married him simply to rebel against his staid and ultra-conservative family. So when he died, they tried to control her every move and thought.
She met Benedict quite by accident. She had escaped her house one morning to go for a walk, an activity strictly prohibited by her live-in companion, her sister-in-law. Benedict had decided to try to ride a horse for the first time in years. His injuries during the war had left his legs disfigured and he required two canes to even walk. When he jumped a ledge on horseback, Samantha and her dog were on the other side. Thus begins their acquaintanceship. Samantha convinces Ben to accompany her to Wales to look into living in a house she had been left by her great-aunt. Her father-in-law had heard of her rebellious ways and was calling her back to his estate to keep an eye on her. They sneak out early one morning. The rest of the story is one of discovery. Samantha learns of her mother's family of which she knew very little. She thought they had abandoned her and her mother. Benedict realizes and comes to accept his limitations and his abilities.
A wonderful HEA but not one that was fast in coming. They come to realize their love over several months. But it was a very satisfying ending....more
I truly loved this book. It is about Vincent, a member of the Survivor Club and a Viscount, and Sophia, a unloved ward of her aunt and her family. VinI truly loved this book. It is about Vincent, a member of the Survivor Club and a Viscount, and Sophia, a unloved ward of her aunt and her family. Vincent was blinded in battle and being suffocated by his mother and sisters. Sophia's cousin sets out to trap him into marriage. Sophia foils her plot and gets herself kicked out of their house in the middle of the night with almost nothing. Vincent proposes they marry.
Both have different needs which this marriage will satisfy. They make an agreement for one year and then to separate amicably. They find they enjoy being together and we get to see how they meet more than just the immediate needs of the other. They are really good for each other and eventually realize it. The HEA is certainly predictable, but sweet none the less. Can't wait for the next installment....more
What a truly wonderful story this was. I don't like to give 5-star ratings too frequently. But this one deserves it for sure.
Mrs. Winslow, a widow, isWhat a truly wonderful story this was. I don't like to give 5-star ratings too frequently. But this one deserves it for sure.
Mrs. Winslow, a widow, is living a quiet, contented life in a small village away from London where scandal ruined her reputation and separated her from her family and friends forever. Enter Viscount Rawleigh visiting his twin brother. She smiles at him mistaking him for his brother. He decides to pursue her, not realizing the situation she is in. He ends up compromising her once again when he escorts her home. He is seen leaving her house from where he has been thrown out after proposing an illicit arrangement. Once again, she is ruined. Rex, Viscount Rawleigh, forces her into marriage because he realizes she is destitute and has nowhere to go. She resists, but eventually must give in.
The story of their relationship really begins here. I loved watching them getting to know each other. They both resisted since neither had wanted marriage. But it was a wonderful HEA as all is resolved in the end.
I'm glad I don't judge books by their covers because this one would never have called to me. I did not picture either character the way they appear here. I also had a difficult time finding a copy of this book for a reasonable price. I finally just gave in and bought it on ebay. Worth every dollar....more