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Through the Fire

(A Series of Elements #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  721 ratings  ·  74 reviews
When two people have walked through fire, can love bring the healing and help they need?

Spurned by love, Lady Margaux Ashbury has no use for the other eligible gentlemen of London. Despite her beauty, her sharp tongue soon earns her a reputation as a dragon. Convincing her parents to let her retreat to their Scottish estate, a home for abandoned young women, Margaux feels
Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published March 11th 2016 (first published 2016)
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Julie Carpenter
Lady Margaux Ashbury and Gavin Craig were great characters to immerse myself into their story. The beginning did feel like I was missing something and felt like it didn't flow quite as smoothly as the rest of the book did but if you're feeling that way when you pick it up, please keep reading. It really picked up and had my full attention by the time the fire happens. I realized after reading a friend's review that Margaux and Gavin have some pre story in another series. I believe she said it wa ...more
Trissa White
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Sweet, clean, great characters, interesting turn of events and well written. I'm not a stickler for small details. There was just enough dialog with "doona and lass" to remind you where they came from but it probably wasn't completely consistent. Whatev! His eyes crinkled when he smiled at her (which was often) and that was much more important to me.

The Loring-Abbot series comes before this one and introduces you to many of the characters.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lady Margaux Ashbury has resigned herself to a life without marriage. She speaks her mind which is frowned upon among society, and wants to spend time at her parents estate in Scotland, where she can help with the home for abandoned young women. Bordering their property is the home of a most handsome blue-eyed gentleman.

Gavin Graig, who enjoyed his life as a country doctor, but now finds himself navigating society since the deaths of his brother and his family. He's also recently adopted three o
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean; period; series, but stand alone read
This was a good read for me. I enjoyed the characters, the villians were a bit over the top, but I loved Gavin's backstory, his passion for those in need, and his gradual fall for Margaux. Margaux was an interesting young woman. I think the gossip being the reason for the marriage seemed a bit contrived particularly after her voicing so strongly that she didn't want to marry. However, that being said, it was a lovely fall between the two main c
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Sadly, this book was not my cup of tea. I thought the premise sounded interesting and I usually love Regency romances, but I didn't enjoy the author's writing style. Much of the narrative dealt with minutiae and I didn't connect with the characters (which is my favorite part of reading).

(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed are my own)
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy a historical Scottish romance.
Elizabeth John's Through the Fire is a sweet romance involving triplet sisters who have gone 'through London's season' which the main goal is to find a husband. The book begins with the triplets discussing their views of the most recent 'Season'. One sister, Margaux wants to be independent, but that just is not done during The Regency Period in England. Thus, Margaux decides she wants to join a convent. Her parents veto that idea almost before it is verbalized by Margaux. Her parents support an ...more
In Through the Fire, book one of the A Series of Elements series, author Elizabeth Johns has written an excellent, fun, and a little bit suspenseful historical Regency romance novel. This novel is about one of a group of triplets. Although it’s a little bit unbelievable that it takes so long to locate the villains in the story, it does not greatly detract from this fun tale. It’s an enchanting, charming, and sweet romance story that readers will read fairly quickly and thoroughly enjoy. Readers ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. I couldn't get completely immersed in it, although it did get more interesting halfway. This is the beginning of a series, but the characters have appeared in previous books by the same author and already knew each other and had some history. Since this is the first full length book of Elizabeth Johns that I read, I felt sad that I didn't get the pre-history of Margaux and Gavin (in Seasons of Change appearantly), although everything was well explained.
I li
Nicole Laverdure
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Captivating Regency romance!

I really enjoyed, Through the Fire, nicely written by Elizabeth Johns. She never disappoints me, I could not put it down.

In this story, we meet again, her character Gavin Craig, whom we met in Seasons of Change, of the Loring-Abbott series. Though, Through the Fire, can stand alone. Gavin, is a charming Scotsman and country doctor, who suddenly becomes the guardian of his brother's children Seamus, Catriona and Maili. He doesn't want to take a chance of loving again,
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Problem #1

The reasoning - action reaction - on the part of the characters and storyline was flawed beyond believability. Just one example: After weeks of trying to locate the villains, the Bow Street Runners hadn't even checked the dowager house? Even worse, after weeks of searching Craig hadn't even given the runners a description of the villains? Who were they searching for?
Becca-Rae Weidel
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
While I found the story itself engaging, I felt like it was difficult to get to know the characters. I don't know if it's due to the abrupt changes in their minds towards their futures or the element of constant activity, but I didn't feel as invested in the characters as I normally would be. For example, Margaux was the main female character in the story. In the beginning she is fighting for the chance to remain single for the rest of her life. She would rather devote her time and gifts to char ...more
Maria Thomas
Rounding up from 3.5

Sweet, clean read. Beautiful cover.

I liked this story overall but thought that the runners were a bit inept and it shouldn't have been so hard to find the villains. I liked Gavin as a kind, caring person but kept expecting him to be more adept at moving into his new role. He didn't seem to catch on to running an estate very quickly. But he was quite dashing.

I liked Margaux as a strong female but there was also something about her that I didn't like. I just don't know what i
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is truly a traditional Regency Romance as are the next two in the series--yup--I have already bought and read all 3 in this series I loved this one so much! I will be reviewing the next two over the next couple of weeks. The only thing that confounded me was that the Preface is almost exactly the same in each--as are the first chapters. But once you get past that the story lines are not similar at all. Unlike the three woman who are identical triplets.

Margaux wants to join a nunnery--she re
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2018
I loved this book! Gavin and Margaux are characters that you instantly fall in love with and root for from the very beginning. Your heart breaks as you grieve with Gavin and you can sympathize with both Margaux and Gavin as they experience the growing pains of adjusting to a new life. I won't give any of the story away, though that is incredibly hard to do, but it is engaging and incredibly easy to read. Sometimes with regencies it's hard to relate to that time period but I did not feel that way ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author did a great job in coming up with a book trilogy that spans the lives of triplets. Well done!

I love to read books that have a series, so I was more than anxious to jump into this trilogy. The characters were simple and the storyline was easy to follow. As most love stories, the attraction between Lady Margaux and Lord Craig was predictable; however, how she creates he attraction was unique.

Marriages of convenience were probably more common-place than marriages of love during this tim
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-archive
Hmmm. It was OK. For a book that was the first in a series there was a lot of the action, and characters, that have obviously had another life in another book. That needn't be a detriment but in this case it did leave this reader feeling a little late to the party.

The plot developments feel like they come out of thin air. Children who are collected from orphanages for what feels like convenience and whim, enmity to the point of wanting to do violence, men who want to ruin your reputation lurkin
Heather Green
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pride and Prejudice meets Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. Strong characters. Twists and turns. Suspense and mystery. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was because I didn't feel like the MC's had spent enough time together before thinking they had fallen in love. There wasn't enough interaction between them to believe they were anything more than friends by the end. Clean. Also, the beginning was confusing with so many character names thrown at you all at once. And then there was the French... ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
I am excited to read the sequels to this one! When it started I wasn’t sure what to expect. Whether it would be just another typical married for convenience & then find yourselves instantly in love blah blah blah. If I’m honest there was an element of this to a degree but thankfully the author kept it fresh with other contributing factors to the story line & the fact that characters from the next book have already been introduced whets the appetite so to speak.

This series follows the lives of t
Krystal Anderson
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
First, I did enjoy reading this story, especially several chapters in where it really starts to pick up. The beginning, however, was so rushed. One or two sentences were often all the author used to explain what was happening and why the characters chose what they did, and I felt the reasoning behind those decisions needed some depth. Much of the information that was rushed through the beginning was repeated a time or two in a sentence. Never anything more. It seemed to improve further into the ...more
Jeanie's Kindle
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Never had a title been more appropriate. One of the famous Ashbury triplets has decided to become a spinster! She has returned to Scotland to a family estate where her father has established a home for unwed girls. There she will help the girls learn the skills they will need to support themselves and their children in society.
Gavin Craig is a doctor. A second son, who entered the military and specialized in medicine. Now has a private practice and a comfortable life. Until he discovers his brot
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: donated
Margaux, one of a set of identical triplets, is tired of being pursued for her face and fortune. She convinces her parents to let her move to a convent or Scotland. They settle on Scotland. Eventually she meets Dr Craig, now 11th Baron Craig. Dr Craig is introduced in a previous series and he is very endearing.

This book has a theme of sadness that must be overcome to get to a HEA. There is a malevolence that seems to prevade almost to the end. There is a lot going on, and some unforseeable event
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The second son of a Scottish laird, Dr. Gavin Craig chose to live his life as a country doctor in the rolling hills of Scotland. He served his country as a military doctor patching his countrymen when Wellington marched. Now, with the war behind him, and his life settled into a pleasant hum, he had the respect of the community and the satisfaction his job. He looked forward to good things that life could offer him. And now he holds a letter in his hands that totally upends his life. His brother
Mitch Hrdlicka
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy EJ's books. This one was especially good.
Occasionally I'll read a book by a historical fiction romance author where it's not 2/3 of the same angst being repeated. Ms. Johns is one of those authors. Fortunately!
The characters are very memorable. (I read so many books that I seldom remember to review them here and have to look up the info.) I remembered right away who the characters were in Through the Fire.
Two lonely hearts who like each other is always a good place to start. Th
The Doctor's Companion
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Elizabeth Johns book I ever read. I hadn't realized at the time it happens after the Loring/Abbott series. It didn't really make it difficult to understand what was going on though. I LOVE this book. The only thing I love as much as a girl falling in love with a ship's captain/pirate or being a mail order bride and falling in love with a cowboy, is when she falls in love with a Scotsman. Great googily moogily. Scotsmen in kilts.
This is a good one.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly inheriting is a common enough plot point, but I felt it was done in a refreshingly personal way. There were one or two twists to the story that felt a little too contrived, but over all Elizabeth Johns handled the delicate subjects with grace and wit.

Her characters were written with deep emotions and personality that I loved. With adventure and the romance that held me as a captive reader to the very end.

Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed the novel after I pushed myself through the beginning. The setting of the stage was too blunt and often referred to minor characters as if the reader should know them and their history. That said, once the story line thrust forward into twists and turns it completely engaged me. I loved the vulnerability of the primary characters and the development of true love was perfectly done. Knowing now more of Elizabeth's style I'm looking forward to reading more of the series. ...more
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me about a third of the book until I really felt myself getting lost in the story. But once I was there I didn’t want to come out.
I found this book to be a pretty quick read but with a lot going on. I think part of the reason it took me awhile to get into it was the names of the girls, I wasn’t sure how to pronounce them it was kind of distracting. But I got over that.
This was a very interesting read that I enjoyed.

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood for this one. Couldn’t get into it although nothing was really wrong with it. The male main character was a nice guy, the female main character was a nice lady. Their romance was kind of lacking but they both went into it in a spirit of practicality. Then the villain shows up in the form of a religion obsessed couple and things got strange and rather gothic. The eventual happy ending has a morbid twist and rather put me off.
Violence, no sex, swearing.
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Triplet of Fire Finds Love

It is a post Napoleon novel, a favorite setting on my list. Ms Johns captures the complications of living in a small village and the power the clergy had over beliefs about newcomers. You can see the taint of judgement instead of love that transferred with the mighty clergy to the United States, in colonial days and fired the destruction of many souls.
Rachel Di
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

This author is new to me, but has always been one of the suggested authors, every time I finished a book. I decided to try her out. At first it was a little slow, but then picked up and the story took off. This book has a little of everything including a good ending. Most importantly a clean read. I will definitely be looking for lore from this author.
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