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The Colonel and The Enchantress

(The Enchantresses #4)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  87 reviews
​Lady Mary Mowbrah, daughter of a duke, fell in love with a man beneath her station. When he leaves for war, determined to earn her hand as a hero, she promises to wait for him, never dreaming the man who returns will be different from the man who left.

Colonel Duncan Starrett returns from war with honors, accolades, and a debilitating injury. As much as he still loves Lady
Published February 14th 2020
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Barbara Rogers
Series: The Enchantresses #4
Publication Date: 2/14/20

If you are looking for a wonderful book that will make you smile, cry, and laugh all while warming your heart and letting you fall in love with the most amazing main characters you’ll ever read, this is the book for you. In addition to the story itself, there is an outstanding prologue and epilogue that really starts and finishes the book perfectly. The author has a writing style and word choices that put you right in the scene. Your heart wil
Caitlynn Akin
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "The Colonel and the Enchantress", young love is put to the test when Colonel Duncan returns home from war, after Lady Mary has spent years waiting for him. Despite the excitement of being reunited, however, the Duncan that comes home is a different man than the boy Mary first fell in love with. Together they must work to overcome the challenges that face them in their new relationship. I appreciated the depth that the characters had, making them more relatable and empathetic, even though the ...more
M.  [storme reads a lot]
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I could not put this book down! It’s so good! The characters are vibrant and the story is so addictive! Highly recommend this book. I loved it.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A historical romance that captured my heart right away. Enjoyable reading with an unconventional love affair. These two were crazy about each other and had great chemistry. It had all the regency drama to make a good story.
I felt like it was a 5 star read up until about 60% and then dropped to about a 3 star. So I’m settling on a 4 star review. This is also book 4 of a series and can be read as a stand-alone.
I’ve already obtained book 1 and will be starting it shortly. This author is
If you are looking for an all-encompassing romance that will captivate your heart then The Colonel and the Enchantress is the book for you. What I love most about a romance from Author Paullett Golden is that the stories are thorough! Mary and Duncan fell in love as teens and Duncan, feeling unworthy of Mary, went to war to prove himself worthy. What he found when on the battlefield was that he was a man who loved Mary and a man made for the military life. It was not until Duncan encountered an ...more
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A charming historical romance with great characters, good chemistry and intriguing family matters.

Determined to prove his worth and win the hand of his love, Lady Mary Mowbrah, Duncan Starrett leaves for war hoping the woman who holds his heart will wait for his return. As fate has it, he returns home crippled and despite the fact his beloved had been waiting for him, he chooses to let her go. Unfortunately Fortunately for him, Lady Mary is a determined woman who knows what she wants. And she is
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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'​Lady Mary Mowbrah, daughter of a duke, fell in love with a man beneath her station. When he leaves for war, determined to earn her hand as a hero, she promises to wait for him, never dreaming the man who returns will be different from the man who left.

Colonel Duncan Starrett returns from war with honors, accolades, and a debilitating injury. As much as he still loves Lady Mary, he fears a future between them is now impossible.

​This is the love story of Mary and Duncan as they forge a future fr
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had to give this book a sitting ovation. Paulette Golden’s book, The Colonel and The Enchantress is a written master piece. Oh how I love this story. Paulette was able to grab ahold of my imagination and take it on a wonderful ride. Duncan and Mary, this couple suffered and over came so many trials in their life and yet, they found a way to be their for each other and beat the odds that where thrown at them.
What a wonderful book. The drama had me at highs and lows. Duncan, if books could have
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the fourth book in the Enchchantress series, Paulett Golden shows her mastery of truly writing a great love story. Paullet's novels are not cookie-cutter beach reads. They are individual works with deep characters. Each story in this series demonstrates that she lets the characters carry the story where it needs to go. She does not simply follow the typical meet, fall in love, get married trope. Her characters are real, raw and honest in a way that supports and emotional connection.

Of the man
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a little slow at the beginning, particularly after Duncan had his setback with his injury. However, once the pace of the story increased it became a very satisfying read. Mary and Duncan hadn’t seen each other for five years and they both wondered would things be the same between them. Mary was a determined lady and wanted a loving family such as Duncan experienced. Duncan was a brave man who tried to prove himself worthy of Mary. There are a number of setbacks in their relationship but ...more
Margaret Watkins
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book by an author that has honed her craft to perfection, this story had me gasping with laughter and moping my eyes as the tears rolled down my face. It all seemed so easy, that Duncan would go off to war, earn honours as a war hero as his father had done, and return to claim the hand of Lady Mary, sister of a Duke. Despite her brother giving her permission to follow her heart, it is no easy task waiting for Duncan's return. When one year becomes five, Mary starts to give up hope aft ...more
Vania Nunes
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After three books read from this series, I feel kind of like the dog in Pavlov's experiment: I open Paullett's book with happy anticipation.
Here, the author shows not only a beautiful, wealthy couple romance, with all the wonderful (and highly fantastical) qualities.
The characters have flaws like any human. And yes, sometimes when we read we want to hug or hit the characters, but, don't human beings have this dichotomy too?

We are introduced to the characters, Duncan and Mary, in the previous boo
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
About the book • 4 ⭐️ • 516 pages • Historical Romance • Enjoyable • Unconventional love affair • Wonderful chemistry • Well developed characters • Stand-alone • Highly recommend • Netgalley by Publisher • I gave my honest review and all opinions are my own •
Space Cowgirl
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having Faith💘 in Duncan🐺🔪🔫

ADULT Georgian Era Romance and Adventure
1790 England
Duncan Starrett🐺 is the son of an Army Colonel, and he loves💘 Mary💃, the sixteen year old daughter of a nearby Duke, and she loves💘 him.

There is no way Mary's mother the dowager Duchess, will allow Duncan🐺 to marry her because of his station in life.
So Duncan's father purchases an officer's commission for him, and he goes off to fight the French.

Five long years later, Mary is still waiting for him. Their love 💘i
Lori D
The heart often knows exactly what it wants and what is meant to be. Such was the case for Duncan and Mary who met when they were young and in their youthful innocence it seemed all would work out as planned. Duncan was enlisting so that he could come back a decorated war hero and be worthy of Mary who was the daughter of a duke. But life is not always that simple.
Five years later he does return having been injured in battle and although much better, still having some effects. When he finally se
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-ok
I found it easy to pick up the family connections, in a series I had not read before. The H gained rank in the Army, now medically discharged and returns home badly wounded. The h was a teenager when he left and while she has matured, I thought her self absorbed and haughty. The H recovers enough to marry her, but foolishly re-injures himself. The plot was a good idea that didn't quite deliver for me. Mostly because the H's self image issues, and her selfishness, - I didn't like them. It was jus ...more
No Apology Book Reviews
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Charming and heartwarming, but pacing a little off

Many thanks to the author, who provided me with a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.


I’ve been eagerly awaiting Mary’s story (I think I say that for every book, lol), and overall, I enjoyed it. The characters were endearing, the writing style smooth and sophisticated, and the premise intriguing: A couple had to reconcile who they had become with who they used to be—and also with who they had wanted to become.

The biggest—and pretty
Clara Markel
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
My thanks to BookSirens, the publisher, and the author for sending me s free ARC. This has not influenced my voluntary review.

*3.5 stars* Paulett Golden is a good author, with fabulously developed characters and a rich (albeit somewhat predictable plot line). The relationships between the characters are meaningful and the romance is well written. I did notice a couple of misspellings, but overall this was an enjoyable read. Personally I don’t enjoy dramatized miscommunications when used as a plo
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer! First things first, I read this book non-sequentially, so that will affect my review. While it seems each book in the series is self-contained, there were many times in the story where characters are referenced in a way that made me feel I should know who they are, our main character’s brother, the Duke of Annick, for one. While I did feel that knowledge of their backstory may have enhanced the richness of my experience, it in no way hindered my enjoyment of the novel to go without. ...more
Frances Denny
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I’ve read EVER! It made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me angry and then it made me very happy.

The Colonel and the Enchantress is about a young couple, Duncan and Mary, from different social classes in the 19th century. Duncan is working class and Mary is the daughter of a Duke and Duchess. Duncan enters the army and quickly climbs up the ranks to Colonel in the hope that he will be worthy enough of Mary’s hand in marriage. However, he returns from active serv
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Colonel and The Enchantress follows the love story of Mary Mowbrah, a duke's daughter and Duncan Starett, the youngest son of a retired army colonel. Duncan is from a respectable family however is still significantly below Mary's station. With this, he decides to go to the army and return as a hero, and be worthy of Mary's hand. Their story then continues upon his return. Both of them though have been a changed man and a changed woman.

I was quite taken by the plot. I wonder if the love five
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Colonel and The Enchantress by Paullett Golden is the fourth in her An Enchantress Novels. Lady Mary Mowbrah waits faithfully for years that her sweetheart to return from the war; going against every suitor her mother attempts to shove her way. Duncan Starrett returns as a Colonel and a Baronet, but he also comes back with a battle-worn body and doubts of his future. The love they shared before the war has become more of a fantasy as they realize they have each changed in the past five years ...more
Emily Pennington
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Lady Mary Mowbrah, daughter of a duke, fell in love with a man beneath her station, the youngest son of a retired army colonel. She was only 16 at the time, but she promises to wait for him as he leaves for war to fight the French, where he intends to make himself worthy of her hand by becoming a hero.

Colonel Duncan Starrett is true to his word and returns from war with honors and accolades. Unfortunately, he also has incurred a severe injury and, being a very honorable man, he sees a future be
Dana Redding
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Colonel and the Enchantress

Mary and Duncan were sweet hearts. Mary is a Lady daughter of a Duke and Duncan is just a common man. His father was a Colonel. They often kissed down by the lake and laughed rode horses together.

He feels as he has nothing to offer her so he takes a commission and goes off to war. He is away for five years he rides a war horse and in his last battle he is wounded. Doctors try to remove the bullet from his back. He is sent home to heal.

When Mary finds out he is home
Martha B.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The past is the past, only the future remains

Lady Mary was 16 when she fell in love with Duncan Starrett. Then he went to war for five years. Mary grew up and war took it's toll on Duncan. Now it will ultimately be up to them as to whether or not they have a future together.

I have read and enjoyed the first three books in this series by Paulette Golden. That said, I think The Colonel and the Enchantress is one of her best. This character-driven tale is well written and the story is tightly woven
Elle Golden
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Colonel and The Enchantress is a beautiful easy-to-read full length romance about maturing youthful romantic innocence into a long-lasting love affair. The fourth book in The Enchantress series tells the story of Mary, the younger sister of a duke, and Duncan Starrett, her neighbor and son of a retired military man. We find our couple 5 years older meeting each other jarred from youthful innocence into scary circumstances. With hopes of returning from the war a great war hero worthy of Lady ...more
Iya (idyllicreader)
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book gave me the feels that I had longed for in historical romance for long. The summary didn't hype me much but the story was so well done that I had my heart beating out of rhythm.

Mary and Duncan are the couple that I had hoped to find one day. Their love, their pain, their conflicts - all portrayed so vividly. I couldn't stop reading just to know if my lovers are getting a happy ending or not.

The book started at a very fine pace and you would almost end up thinking that it would be a per
sherri jones-teachout
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful addition to this series about this incredible loving family. Mary, the sister of a Duke, met the neighbor named Duncan when she was fifteen and fell in love. But he was the youngest son of a Colonel and wasn’t worthy of her so he enlisted in the army. Five years later he is now a Colonel, Mary has waited for him to come back from war, but he comes back wounded and it takes months of recover before he can even walk. But when he is home and they see each other again they are just as in l ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lady Mary Mowbrah is the daughter of a Duke and her mom is trying to marry her off to older rich men. Her brother seems to leave her to her own devices. She has had her heart set on Duncan Starrett. Colonel Duncan Starrett starts the story out as a younger son of a younger son so he has no title. To make a name for himself he joins the military and is gone for several years. They meet back up after he is injured and is back home. During the time he was gone they both had changed so when he got b ...more
Candy Briggs
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story of Colonel Duncan Starrett and Lady Mary Mowbrah. They met and fell in love as teenagers. She a happy-go-lucky young girl and he looking forward to going into the military. He is gone for six years and only comes home when he is severely injured. He is paralyzed from the waist down but he had been getting off his horse and felt great pain from his back to his legs, this was the second time he had trouble with his back. The Prince Regent gifted him a baronetcy. Mary had gone on ...more
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Celebrated for her complex characters, realistic conflicts, and sensual love scenes, Paullett Golden puts a spin on historical romance. Her novels, set primarily in Georgian and Regency England with some dabbling in Ireland, Scotland, and France, challenge the norm by involving characters who are loved for their flaws, imperfections, and idiosyncrasies. Her stories show love overcoming adversity. ...more

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