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Surrender the Past

(Loring-Abbott #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  614 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Elinor Abbott was only 14 years old when she and her father left England for America. Six years later, with war at their doorstep, she is forced to return to her land of birth and a life amongst the aristocracy she abhors. A return to England also means facing the man who brutally attacked her as an adolescent. Viscount Easton came to the United States at the behest of His ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published July 11th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 28th 2014)
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Secrets drive this book. There are secrets held by a few that kept me reading and wanting to find out what would happen to Elinor.

Six years ago at age 14 Elinor left her home in England to make a new life in America with her diplomat father. While grieving for her mother she became the victim of a violent crime. Leaving the past and starting anew was what she needed.

Love, trust, forgiveness, and recovery are themes in this story. Elinor struggles through many emotions as she strives to put the
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
far too many anachronisms to work for me

Ms. Johns sets her story in 1814, but then litters it with inappropriate language + idioms: e.g., 'personality', 'wrap my head around', etc. Then there are temporal errors like having the groom wear a cutaway coat for a wedding breakfast of that time and her reference to toasts made with flutes of champagne when champagne saucers were the proper glass.

The worst anachronism, however, is how the family reacts to Ellie's being raped by her cousin. It's lovel
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Rating 2.5
As stories go, it was an okay surface story but lacked any richness...and what do I mean by that? I don't know. How to explain this? The story seemed thinly written to the difference between rich cream and fat-free milk.:) My biggest problem, for example, was that there were things that did not seem period-accurate: expressions, situations, reactions, thinking, etc. I really do not want to read on in the series. [**2019: I tried reading this again since I have been on a multi
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency-era
This book had a lot of promise and the story line was very interesting, but the writing was choppy, the sentence structure was weird, and the grammatical errors drove me crazy! I ended up re-writing some of the book in my head. I like something light and fluffy to read before I go to sleep, but this book made my brain work even harder to understand what was happening. First they were riding horses, then they were dancing without ever having gotten off their horses. (??)
Also, in the first chapter
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story

What a wonderful clean book. The storyline was great. The beginning was a little slow but it was necessary to introduce the characters. I loved how the author handled what had happened. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
My Book Addiction and More MBA
SURRENDER THE PAST by Elizabeth Johns is an intriguing Regency Historical Romance set in 1814 America and England. #1 in the Loring-Abbott series, and what a beginning! An intriguing tale! With a sexual assault, betrayal, secrets, healing, finding forgiveness, and finding love and happiness. A well written tale where with healing comes forgiveness. This is a new author to me, but will not be my last read by the author.

I believed the author handled the sexual assault on Elinor Abbott as an adoles
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Myrt's Review

Surrender the Past by Elizabeth Johns

A New Series Debut

For a gentle Regency romance, this story takes a strong look at the severe expectations put on women by Society at that time and the relative freedom that men were allowed in comparison. The heroine is a lovely intelligent young lady who is living with the secret of a violent assault she suffered as a young girl. The hero, a handsome, charming gentleman is struggling with resigning his military commission to take over the duti
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surrender the Past by Elizabeth Johns
Book One
Elinor Abbott has an experience on her last night in England that changes her life. Her father’s work for the king brings them to America and a new life. While her father is mourning the loss of his wife, Elly is mourning silently as she becomes stronger and independent. Glad to be away from all the rules of Society and the incident. As the war gets too close to their plantation, they must return to England. The one place where she must face her past
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
This is a great book by new author Elizabeth Johns.

This is book 1 of what will end up being a great series. Can not wait until book 2, book 3 and book 12 if there is one :)

This book is a multi pov based in 1814. The war is here in the Americas and Elinor Abbott is forced to go back home to England that she left when she was only 14. Things were not pleasant when she left and she dreads going back. Her father and grandmother are determined that she is to have her season that she does not want. El
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is just amazing! It's set in the early 1800's when the United States in still in a war with England. Elinor was just 14 when she and her father left England for the Colonies... With trouble brewing and her dad off to try and make a truce between the 2, she is having to go back to England and stay with her family that she hasn't seen in 6 yrs... Instead of being happy she is dreading it. Adam is a major in the army for England and is sent to warn his godfather of the troubles that lie a ...more
This is actually a very good first outing. I really enjoyed the story overall. The attacker was interesting in that he was hopped up on opium at the time. Being drunk is never an excuse for rape, but if one twists one's mind with opium I could see it happening - not as a youthful indiscretion, but as an opium induced aberration.

Drug addiction is no small matter. Because it was opium and not simply alcohol, I can hope that Nathaniel gets his own redemption story.
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super book,sometime I cried right along with our lady

I am proud to say this author has all her ducks in a row.this author is at the top of the list of super and unique author in a long time. I need to find more books that bring you right in to the book live.just as if I was there. wonderful

Karen Paniccia
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great characters

Great characters

I enjoyed this a lot. Not only was Ellie strong, but she was also vulnerable. Not a one dimensional leading lady. And I did like how it ended.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. Adam aka major Easton was pretty amazing (and handsome) with Elinor. I wondered if they would ever get together. This book is a lot about forgiveness. I was really proud of Elinor and the situations she faced.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable reading experience

A four star rating for this lovely romance that takes place post American Revolution. This author takes the tough subject of rape and incorporates it into the story she weaves. Handled well during this time period with the message of forgiveness.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage-romance

She try's to pretend everything is fine but is dying inside. Life will never be the same. Can she ever trust a man again? This story begs forgiveness and shows how one act of violence can hurt many people and change lives forever because the scars still remain.
June Gray
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! If you like regency romance, then I highly recommend Surrender the Past.
Candace N
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, wow... I was so into this!! I can't even begin to explain how absolutely great this story and the writing is, so I won't even try. An absolute must read! I highly recommend it.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Good: it was clean, had likable (and loath-able) characters and broached a dark and complicated topic

Bad: the whole book seemed overly drawn out, the writing was choppy and had many grammatical errors and improper sentence structures in addition to many expressions that did not fit the time period. I also disliked that the point of view switched rapidly and randomly, sometimes from sentence to sentence and even throwing in a sentence or two from very minor characters’ view points.

Part of me is
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, this book gets real. It has flashbacks of the heroine remembering when she gets raped. There were parts that were difficult to read, but there isn't anything explicit. It's a bit painful to see her deal with the ramifications of not only being raped, but being raped by someone she loved and trusted.
Great guy shows up, he gets shot, she nurses him back to health while fleeing "the colonies," fancy balls and the ton ensue.
Good book.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historicals, uno-2019
This is review is for books 1-3 in the Lorring-Abbott series. I absolutely have fallen in love with this series. I could not put it down which became a problem on my car trip. It was making me car sick reading so much but this was such a great romantic read. I am already starting book 4 and will definitely be looking for more from this author.
Lisa Baffi
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars!

I liked this book. The way Adam would not give up on Elly. Also, Elly's grandmother was a great character. However, I would have liked to have a sex scene or two.
Marilyn Kavanaugh
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A believable story

with a few distracting modern expressions. Spoiler Alert: you had orphans stand out in the cold and snow to each present a no doubt frozen rose?
Sarah Southerland
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By way of a heads up: the main character is a rape victim. Good book, well written. Clean romance.
Sandy Gladue
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story and the characters felt alive.
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have enjoyed the first book in this series and have noticed other characters from other series i have readm
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant

This is poignant story very well written with a very interesting plot, wonderfully portrayed characters, I really felt that I was there.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This review is from: Surrender the Past (Loring-Abbott Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition) by Elizabeth Johns

Elinor left London for America six years ago after her mother's death and, with her father, headed for America. It was supposed to be a brief stay. But she loved the Plantation and the life they had there. And even though her family - her sister and brother and Grandmother w
Heather Green
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The thing I liked the most about this book, aside from the gentle way a difficult subject is handled is how it shows the ridiculousness of English rules and customs in that time period. I love regency books and have always thought, "well, that's just how it was." But seeing it through Elinor's eyes opened mine to the freedoms we had in America even way back when. I also liked how gentle the battle hardened Easton was with the orphans and villagers. He was such a good man. It is clean, which I ap ...more
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Like many writers, Elizabeth Johns was first an avid reader, though she was a reluctant convert. It was Jane Austen's clever wit and unique turn of phrase that hooked Johns when she was "forced" to read Pride and Prejudice for a school assignment. She began writing when she ran out of her favorite author’s books and decided to try her hand at crafting a Regency romance novel. Her journey into pub ...more

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