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A Passionate Endeavor [Kindle Edition]

Sophia Nash
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Book Description

Wounded in the war, Lord Huntington returns to his family estate only to find his father ill and the duchy in dire straits. Little does Nicholas know that the young nurse tending his father is capable of unlocking the burdens that plague his soul. Yet when he takes Miss Charlotte Kittridge in his arms and tastes desire, all chance of lasting happiness is dashed by the secret promise he’s vowed to keep.

A spinster with seven and twenty years in her dish and no dowry, Charlotte Kittridge knows that her life will be devoted to duty. But as the daughter of an aristocratic French mother lost during the revolution, and a respected doctor, Charlotte cannot help but fall in the love with Lord Huntington during their passionate endeavor to change the course of his fate. Charlotte and Nicholas must wager all and come to terms with their secrets and desires if they are to succeed in their quest for love and happiness.

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Charlotte Kittridge knew better than to foolishly dream of marriage, but when wounded Nicholas Huntington arrives home from the battlefields of Europe to see his ailing father, Charlotte's romantic hopes for a husband of her own are quickly reborn. Nicholas can't help but notice Charlotte's gentle touch and quick wit as she helps nurse him through his injury; and even though he had vowed never to marry, Nicholas finds himself proposing a marriage of convenience to Charlotte. At first Charlotte is tempted by Nicholas' offer, but the more she considers it, the more Charlotte realizes that what she truly wants isn't a marriage in name only, but rather Nicholas' love. With A Passionate Endeavor, Nash not only adds more sensual passion to the traditional Regency format but also neatly integrates some serious themes into her superbly constructed story. Graced with exquisitely nuanced protagonists and amusing secondary characters, this emotionally satisfying romance is a rare treat. John Charles
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"Graced with exquisitely nuanced protagonists, this emotionally satisfying and superbly constructed story is a rare treat." -- Booklist/July 2004 - John Charles

"Tender and intelligent, A Passionate Endeavor solidifies Sophia Nash's reputation as a rising Regency talent." -- New York Times Bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney

"Top pick! Four and a half stars. Through Nash's wonderful prose, the hero's secret is handled marvelously and sensitively." -- RT BookClub

Product Details

  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Nash (August 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0092VXY2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophia Nash breathes life into her characters. May 5, 2005
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Set in 1814. Lord Nicholas Huntington returns home wounded from the war in hopes of seeing his father who is near death. His father continues to live thanks to Dr. Kittridge, the most talented physician in all of Europe. As the good doctor cares for his father, the doctor's daughter takes care of Lord Nick. All Lord Nick wishes to do is return to the war and leave everything else to his half brother, Lord Edwin. Dealing with his stepmother and Edwin is just more than Nick can seem to stomach.

Miss Charlotte Kittridge is proud to be her father's nurse. She knows she is not pretty and accepts that she is long past her prime. She wants only to learn from her father and help care for his patients. When Lord Nicholas arrives unconscious and then slightly delirious, she jumps into her nurse role, even against her patient's wishes. Charlotte is attracted to the man, but keeps her distance and treats him like any other patient. She and her father are kept busy tending the two lords. Yet Fate gives them an added burden anyway. Charlotte's cousin, "Alexandre" Lord Gaston, arrives in all his flirting glory.

Lord Nicholas finds his eyes searching out Miss Charlotte far too often. Her delicate touch and intelligent mind keeps him fascinated. Even though he is drawn to the lady, he must keep his distance. He promised his father that he would never marry. Yet seeing Alexandre vie for Charlotte's passion is just too much for him to handle.

***** Once again author Sophia Nash entices readers to lose themselves within her latest regency novel. And once again I find myself extremely glad that I did. There is much more going on than I am able to reveal without spoilers and quite a few more characters, each with their own unique personality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome new author October 10, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Here goes - some thoughts - not a review as others have already presented very comprehensive outlines of the story. Although I would not rate "A Passionate Endeavor" as a keeper, I do welcome a talented writer to the Regency genre. The best thing about this novel was the great imagination of the author in introducing the topic of dyslexia whilst keeping it set within the timeframe of the novel. In otherwords, although there was a breakthrough for the hero, it was sensitively handled and seemed realistic.

The main criticism I have here is the introduction of a sort of "counter hero", Alexandre, Viscount Gaston. I was very confused about this character - was he a hero or villain? I also felt that Charlotte's childhood experiences were not fully exploited. And, there was a point in the last quarter of the novel where I felt the author was tiring and in some danger of losing the plot line.

Some of the characters, such as the two dowager Duchesses, were badly overwrought. The author gets the name of the 95th Regiment of Rifles wrongly named, over and over. I was surprised by this as it was something to get easily correct!

On the plus points, I was most impressed overall by the sensitive handling of the handicap of illiteracy and the ramifications in terms of self-esteem on a very kind and generous man who deserved the love and encouragement of his family. The 30 year old Lord Huntington's inability to read had coloured the whole of his life, the way others viewed him and, in the end, had made him ready to step back from his destined role in life. Very sad. How lovely that the love of an equally kind woman enabled him to find his true life's path.

For a second novel, this was very good although it did not quite reach the excitement I felt on first reading Anne Gracie's debut and follow up novels. I look forward to seeing what Sophia Nash produces next!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully touching and tender--HIGHLY RECOMMENDED August 22, 2004
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Best Regency I've read all year!

I read this author's first book, loved it, and had very high expectations for her second. When I read that this story got a 4 1/2 stars TOP PICK in RT BookClub Magazine, I ordered it right away. I am glad I did.

Like the first book, this story is hotter than the average Regency, but the love scenes that are included are handled very tastefully. I would not be surprised if this author goes on to write historical romances because that is how this book read to me.

I always hate when reviewers include a spoiler, so I won't tell you what about this story made me cry and later cry again but with joyful tears. I will say that it was very moving.

If you want a Regency romance where they hero and heroine shake hands at the end, then this story might not be for you. If you love stories with depth, where the hero and heroine grab your heartstrings and pull, then you will love this story too. I certainly did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Sweetheart of a Read! September 26, 2004
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Setting - Wiltshire, England 1814 --- Hanging on for all he was worth, Nicholas Huntington traveled home to see his ailing father, praying that he only stay conscious from the injuries he'd received in the war long enough to get there. Prayers answered, arriving home, he then promptly blacked out. The next thing he saw, and felt, were gentle hands exploring his body that were attached to what appeared to be a very young girl with huge gray eyes.

Plain Charlotte Kittridge, because of her tiny form appeared much younger, but at seven and twenty resolved herself to be firmly on the shelf, until this very handsome soldier, son of the ailing duke, stirred up feelings she'd long thought were dead and buried. Being the daughter of the most talented and esteemed physician in Europe, she had dedicated herself to being his nurse and helpmate, but now, with her sensually reawakened, she couldn't help dreaming of a different life that included Nicolas. Later discovering that Nicolas had made a vow to never marry, she savored the one kiss he'd given her when he came out of a delirious fever. When he confessed a shameful secret to her, she insinuated herself into his life determined to help him overcome his greatest shame. Later when he proposed a marriage in name only, with the stipulation of a one night consummation to make it legal, she realized that while she really only wanted Nicolas' love, she'd agree to anything for the one chance to love him for real, and maybe, just maybe, he might want more.

In this very lovely romance, this newer author reveals some superb characterizations of people dealing with serious (dyslexia) issues as well as gently inserting some very nice sensuality that is generally not found in the traditional short regency novel.
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I've no idea why I had this book in my TBR folder for more than a year as it was delightful. I really liked the fact that the author respected the boundaries of the time period. Read more
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All I can say about this novel, is OMG! This story is one that is so profound that you don't so much read it as experience it! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of the impact of family...
Here's the truth of one can hurt you like family can. And conversely, no one can love you or support you like family can. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I liked the general storyline and it had a little different spin on this generia, but it was, maybe, a little long
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A nicely done Regency. The characters were very real and sympathetic. I wish there had been a little more build up of the H and h relationship and I felt the first death was very... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got the first book cheap
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Sophia Nash's first three Regency romances won eight national awards, including a RITA award, Romantic Times Award for Best Regency Romance, and a spot on the American Library Association's Top Ten Romances of the Year. Her first single title Historical from Avon/Harper Collins hits the shelves June 2007. Raised in America and France, Sophia began her writing career as a television producer for CBS, and also held stints as a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO before pursuing her long-held dream of writing fiction. Readers may may enter contests and learn more about her national award-winning novels via her website:

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