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Out of the Darkness

(Descendants #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  598 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Lt John Holdsworth, an injured veteran from Waterloo, is now steward for a large estate in Scotland. Catriona Craig is the adopted daughter of Lord Craig, whose only interests lie in growing herbs and healing people. Can two unlikely friends find healing together? Can he overcome the shadows of his past and accept her love?
Kindle Edition, 104 pages
Published June 12th 2017 (first published 2017)
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May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
In this short romance Elizabeth Johns offers the reader more than just the love of a man and woman. The unconditional family love created through adoption, the compassionate love of veterans scarred and disabled mentally and physically by war, and the self love necessary to give love to another weave a compelling tale of friendship that ripens into a love match. The story also raises, but does not flesh out, the issue of women trained capable in the medical arts but not allowed to attend medical ...more
Carole (in Canada)

This was a quick, simple read. This was the start to a new series, however, I probably should have read Ms. Johns' previous books to understand the relationship between some of the characters mentioned in this one. It appears they are all connected. Unfortunately, I did not feel a connection to the main characters in this novella to continue the series. There are many wonderful reviews out there of those who did, so please check them out.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Short, but sweet. I really liked the story. The pacing was a little off, and I was left wondering if I had missed something several times. However the heroine and hero were both great characters.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Out of the Darkness" is a novella, another investment in the continuing story of a family of characters created by author Elizabeth Johns. I have read them all and enjoyed each one, some more so than others. I read this quickly and am now engrossed in her newest "After the Rain".

This story follows Catriona Craig, the adopted daughter of Lord Craig. She is a young lady that has no lofty goals of society and spends her time fascinated with the garden of healing herbs and plants. Lord Craig is als
Gordon Saunders
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Probably most men who lose limbs in war or in any other circumstance do not feel they will be able to achieve their ‘happily ever after.’ We make heroic efforts, in this day of prostheses and special therapies, to enable men and women who are injured in this way to live a normal life. But 200 years ago, there was a little of this. The prosthesis was a wooden leg, or a wooden hand. But one was still maimed and one still expected much less from life.

Enter the miraculously counter-culture Lord Crai
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of the Darkness by Elizabeth Johns
Catriona Craig is the adopted daughter of the previous Doctor Craig, now Lord Craig and his wife. Gavin Craig had adopted her along with her sister and brother a few years ago. Catriona doesn't want the London Season, she's content on their land in Scotland where she can practice her healing skills alongside her father.

John Holdsworth had more than he ever thought possible. After surviving Waterloo, minus a few limbs, he not only was alive but didn't end up
Jeanie's Kindle
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wounded and battle scarred, returned from Waterloo feeling like half the man he was before the battle. Losing half a arm and half a leg made him in a full depression. How could he return home when he couldn't do anything. His mind was still good but his body was infirmed. Lt. John Holdsworth came home to even be rejected by his family.
Catriona Craig had been adopted years ago by Dr. Craig when her own parents had died in a carriage accident. She, her brother and sister all found a place with Dr.
I love a story that has a broken war hero find love when they feel they never would because of their external and internal scars. Most in high society treat them as monsters, and I always find that sad and demoralizing when they've sacrificed so much fighting against Napolean. This is a sweet story of 2 people fighting their own inner demons who are lucky enough to find genuine love. Catriona was orphaned when a carriage accident killed both her parents. She has had a fear of carriage rides ever ...more
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
What's not to like of a sweet and simple love story between a scarred war veteran and the adopted daughter of a local laird.
There are no antagonists in this novella, yet this book touches on several social aspects such as arranged marriages, female servants taken advantage of, sometimes with devastating consequences.
These things don't happen to our two MCs but they are affected by them in the form of supporting characters.
I think the author could have done without the 3 years earlier prologue an
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very fast quick straightforward romance, light reading with no twists, conspiracies or heavy action.
If you are searching for short innocent love book, this will be a good choice.

Heroine is a strong minded Catriona who fell in love in the soul of man not his body or face .

Characters lack Development with fast pace of emotions.
I liked John characteristic, but still need more emotional development.

In general light book, but i do prefer books that came after this one ,After the Rain and Ray of Li
Alaska Hults
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet Novella

Although it's so brief that I know my enjoyment of it hinged on the fact that I had read all of the books of the previous generation. It felt like it was wrapping up loose ends while it was telling the short story of a daughter and one of the many veterans adopted/employed by the previous generation. Again, it was well enough written, but it's not a full-length novel, nor does it stand on its own.
Dorothey Thompson
Aug 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Out of the Darkness

This was a great story about Catrionia and John. John was injured seriously in the French wars. He was a overseer on the Laird’s lands. Catrioina wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps. He was a doctor but she could do all he did, for he trained. Ladies were only healers. Catrionia fell in love with John, although he was crippled frontman the war. More to come, enjoy their love story.
DeeAnn Christensen
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good read.

Another one of Johns good books. Enjoyed the theme of humility that was portrayed as the characteristics of this family even though they are titled and wealthy. They knew what to do with the plenty they had. This is rare in most novels of this genre. Kudos.

The Doctor's Companion
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a short one. It was nice to see what happens for Catriona, who we got to know more in "Into the Fire." As the wife of a veteran, it's nice to see members of the military depicted in books like this as real people, not just brave, hunky guys. A person with layers and depth and pain and joy. A good, quick read. ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terrible war’s scars leave deeper emotional damages.

John profoundly affected by his injuries after defending British England against Napoleon at the Waterloo battle, almost dying losing Hal an arm and half a leg met Catriona, someone he consider high to fallining in love to, they have to find a way to overcome insecurities and differences to be happy together.
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Catronia Craig has no interest in a London season. She has her sights on Lt. Holdsworth and he is right there where she lives. She just has to convince her father and John that she has all she wants right in her own backyard. Time has passed and she has grown up. John has watched her mature never guessing she could be his. It is a lovely story.
Connie Skief
Jul 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A wounded war hero and an orphaned woman.

I cried at this one. She wants to be a doctor like her adopted father but lives in the wrong time. He is broken from people shunning him because of his injuries. Great story. There are many other things going on and overlaps with the author's other books in this series. Highly recommended for all readers.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Pleasant novella length story about an injured war veteran and an innocent orphan. While there are many sweet moments in this novella, the characters were not developed enough and it was too tame for my liking.
Rachel Di
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice book.

This was a nice addition to the rest of the series. I somehow missed this one, when I thought I was going in order. This did seem shorter than the others, but it was nice anyway. Short and sweet.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent period novel.

Excellent novel with historical accuracy. There is literary licence taken with the father's acceptance of a unmarried virgin daughter attending men and births. But the story, characters, and setting is wonderful.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid enjoyable love story

A nice afternoon read either at the beach or by the fire in a rainy day. Nice character development. It's a clean love story that will leave you with a HEA.. Enjky!
3 1/2 stars. Short love story between a military man who Lost an arm and a leg at Waterloo and a young lady who was orphaned and adopted by a noble family. It is a short sweet love story and a very pleasant read.
Anasthasia Brache
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love how the author ties in characters from her other books.

This was a sweet, short story about two people that have challenges to overcome. They are good friends who grow to live one another.
Jun 20, 2021 rated it liked it
A literary amuse bouché

Not much plot, almost no action, just a sweet little romance about a scarred war hero and a free-spirited healer. At fewer than 100 pages, this novella can very easily be read in one brief sitting.
Vonda Dastrup
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
A good read

This is a fairly simple story compared to others by Elizabeth Johns. I did enjoy it but not as much as previous stories.
Sarah Southerland
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick, easy read. Not the usual storyline. Clean romance.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded to 4. I was not enamored with this plot. It was an odd story but still okay.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it

A sweet, simply written, love story. Perhaps a little incredible in places, but an enjoyable read nevertheless. Great to relax & pass an afternoon with.
Ashley Lavering
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loving beyond scars

This book was about loving beyond scars and flaws and finding the person underneath. It was sweet and tender and a fast clean read.
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

What a beautiful story. I love how this woman looked beyond a war hero brokenness and disabilities, loving him for who he is.
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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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