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The Storm and the Splendor

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Julia Dupre was once the proudest beauty of the New Orleans social circuit and known as a belle all over the state. With her flowing blonde tresses and piercing amber eyes, she commands the hearts of men to bow before her, despite her indifference to their flattery. But Captain Rudyard Thorpe is a different sort of man than she is used to...his arrogant self-confidence ang ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by (first published 1979)
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The Storm and the Splendor by Jennifer Blake is a 2012 Steel Magnolia Press publication.

Jennifer Blake is one of the authors who initiated me into the world of historical romance back in the day, and will always be one of my all-time favorite romance authors.

This story was written Wwwaaayyy back in 1979, but is now available in e book format. ( Also in Kindle Unlimited, if you subscribe to that service)

Three years after Waterloo, Julia and her father join in the effort to rescue Napoleon by in
After Elba and after his defeat at Waterloo, the British exiled Napoleon to the tiny Island of St. Helena, but there are still those faithful to his cause and hope to restore him, including Charles Dupré and his daughter Julia. The book begins with a secret meeting in New Orleans to finalize plans for an expedition to St. Helena to whisk the former Emperor off the island and leave a look-alike in his place - a ship captained by Rudyard (Rud) Thorne. So as not to spoil, I'll just say that not all ...more
Regan Walker
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Captivating Adventure with a Mysterious Ship’s Captain Sailing From New Orleans to London to Algiers!

Set in 1818, three years after the Battle of Waterloo, this is a sweeping saga that begins as a group of Napoleon loyalists in New Orleans plot to free the former emperor from his captivity on St. Helena. Well-educated and independent Julia Marie Dupre, a beautiful French Creole, is deeply involved, her father being one of the conspirators. Joining the group is a handsome English sea captain, Cap
Cindy Woods
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

I truly enjoy a good, solid historical romance novel. This one is especially good with a great adventurous plot and steamy storyline. Jennifer Blake is always good at interweaving historical fact with her creative fiction. This is a must-read for lovers of the genre.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I read it 6-8 year ago(2-3 gimnazjum/secondary school) and from what I remember I didn't loved it.
Gerri Rackley mullendore
Classic Historical Romance

I've been looking for a book that I had read in the early 80's and in my search, I came across this book. It was not the book I'm looking for but it was a very good read! The character development was very good and I found myself trying to figure out what each of them would do next. There were moments that my heart broke for Julia and all the trauma both her and Rud suffered thru. (Even sometimes at Rud's choices). Although this book was not the one I have been looking
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The book was very long and had a very intricate story. There was a lot of passion between the two main characters but no intimacy or feeling until the very end. The setting was complicated moving between rescuing Napolean and taking him to Brazil and the second half was in Algeria. I couldn't enjoy the tension of the story especially the second half. The author has depicted the harem life faithfully and lots of horrible things happen but not to the heroine or she is rescued just in time.
A long and involved plot! I almost felt as if I had read 2 books, one about the escape plot and one about their time in Algiers. This was especially pronounced to me because I had to stop reading (to work!) at exactly the time they were taken to Algiers, so when I came back to the book, it definitely felt like a whole new story line that had little to do with the previous. Which is interesting because very little about the 2nd half of the story had anything to do with the romance story or advanc ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What book have you read again for the first you have an old favorite, one you've read over and over?

Jennifer Blake's Storm and the Splendor is one of those books for me. I bought it when it first came out in 1979 -- I still have my original, well worn, copy. It's one of the things I did for myself that got me through law school. When the Socratic method got to be too much to deal with day to say I'd pick up this book -- as well as Teresa Conway's Honor Bound and Gemine Hall's Fury's
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Julia and her father sail from New Orleans to save Napoleon from the Island where the England is holding him prisoner. Rudyard ends up saving her. Her father is killed by a trader in his party in Havanna. It was a wonderful adventure. They complete there mission with many twists, turns and shocks. Great book.
Diane Wachter
Jennifer Blake (aka Patricia Maxwell), PB-B @ 1979, 7/91. A novel about a plot to free Napoleon from his island prison of St. Helena. When the plan fails, and the ship sinks, the hero and heroine become prisoneers of the dey of Algiers. Too contrived to be really good, but interesting enough to be okay!.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the book had great potential of becoming a 4 or 5 star but it got really boring as they reached the arab soil. the main plot was not longer about the romance between these 2 but it focused more on the race 2 the crown..which i'm not really interested in. good one though;p
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Ahm. Ok. So ahm. This is very very long stories. The sexual tension between the characters are in the end lost due to the length.

On the positive side. It promises adventure and it sure does deliver. But it is loooong.

Og and in case I forgot, these are very looong stories.

Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
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A pseudonym used by Patricia Maxwell.

Jennifer Blake has been called a “pioneer of the romance genre”, and an “icon of the romance industry.” A New York Times and international best selling author since 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA Hall of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita. She holds numerous other honors, including two “Maggi
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