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The Colonel and The Enchantress

(The Enchantresses #4)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  54 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 youll 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 will
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
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
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
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 hadnt 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 ...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
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
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
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 ...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.


Ive been eagerly awaiting Marys 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 beand also with who they had wanted to become.

The biggestand pretty much
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 ...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
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
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
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
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 wasnt 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 ...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 ...more
Laura J.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lady Mary is the daughter of a duke and Duncan is the son of a colonel and beneath her station. They fell in love while young (Mary was 16); Duncan joins the military in order to prove that he is worthy of her. Five years later, Duncan returns from the war disabled and with an uncertain future. Mary and Duncan need to know each other as mature adults, rekindle their love and overcome some severe obstacles. The story was realistic, the two leading characters were admirable and it was wonderful ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Initially I was slightly apprehensive about jumping into an established series on the 4th book. Also romances aren't really my thing, but I'm always open to trying something new.
So glad that I did.
This book draws the reader in from the very beginning. I was immediately pulled into the action that Duncan faced while away from Mary, and could feel the anxiety at the reunion scene. The scenes are well written, and the emotions are real.
I love how rounded each character is. There is not a single
Alda  Delicado
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Colonel and the Enchantress is a historical romance but it could be more accurately described as a drama. The heroine is an independent lady that waits for her lover for five years while he fights in the continent against the french. The Colonel, after a brilliant career returns to England injured but successful. His main objective was to gain recognition and become worthy of her hand in marriage.
Unfortunately, his wounds are more serious than they seemed at first and he is bedridden and
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Colonel and the Enchantress is the fourth installment in The Enchantress series by Paullett Golden. Lady Mary Mowbrah, the daughter of a duke, and Colonel Duncan Starrett are childhood sweethearts who are separated when Duncan leaves for war. Five years later, Mary, now a headstrong young woman of twenty one and Duncan, now a Colonel with honors and a debilitating leg injury, are reunited once again. The pair decides to marry, despite Duncan being of a much lower station. The novel follows ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written piece.
Mary waited for years for Duncan to return from war yet now he was back but things are different. They still care for each other, still want a life together but there are some major challenges that they will need to face. The tale is written in a way that shows how hard it was for Duncan to return from war, it shows how acceptance goes a long way toward making a happy life, and it shows how important family and love is. It was a good story, with characters that you will
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by this author that I've read. I'm adding her to my TBR list. Duncan is injured in a war and struggles with still feeling like a man. I liked that it was different from other books. Duncan isn't nobility and has a serious injury. He and Mary love each other but she's a duke's daughter and he's not going to be permitted to marry her. I loved Mary and Duncan. They were well-developed and likeable. This author writes beautifully. I feel I can't do her any justice. I can't ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sir Daniel Starrett has been in love with Lady Mary, since she was sixteen.
Duncan returns home from the war with a debilitating injury to his spine. He is determined and perseveres, because he longs to get back to a normal way of life.
Dreaming of the day he will be married to his beloved Mary.
Mary is an extremely focused and persistent Lady,daughter of the Duke of Annick.
The tension between Mary and her mother keeps her driven to long to be with Duncan, regardless of his station.
The authors
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is another delightful addition to the Enchantress series. Duncan Starrett and Lady Mary Mowbrah fell in love in their youth, yet found their relationship doomed, by parental disapproval. In an attempt to gain approval from Marys parents, he buys a commission in the army, in the hope that he can earn a rank and approval. Yet his actions, ultimately lead to his downfall. Several years later, he returns a broken man. Fearing that he will not survive, Mary returns to his bedside, determined ...more
Anita Fuhrmann
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific book that deals with so many issues and emotions and is worth being put firmly in your keeper file to be read again.
It was good to read a historical novel that dealt with the issue of a devastating injury due to war and the long road back to recovery that faced not only Duncan but Mary also. They were able to get their HEA but only after much trial and tribulation. A very compelling read and a tribute to all those who have served their country. This book was a great addition to this
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First book that I read in the enchantress series and liked how Lady Mary Mowbrah fought for the man she loved overcoming her doubts and her fears and sharing with him her strength and her love in his dire situation. Armed with her strong and decided character she had to deal not only with Duncans but her mother issues in a battle of wills and disappointment. I was impressed by Duncan's struggle with his sense of worthlessness threatening his decisions and his desire to recover from his wounds. ...more
Trick Wiley
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The Colonel and The Enchantress" is in a series of books,but can be read alone! Read,you must! You have young love that goes through so many tests,will they finally be together? War separates them and Mary waits for Duncan's return only to find he is hurt. You will fall in love with Duncan and Mary,and go through all the adventures in their relationship and it will pull on your heart strings so hard! Make sure you have the tissues handy! Again,never fails,you will be there with these two on ...more
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