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The Soldier (Windham Series) [Kindle Edition]

Grace Burrowes
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Be among the first to discover rising star Grace Burrowes, whose searing debut, The Heir, captured awards, rave reviews, and a crusade of fans who can't stop talking about it.

Even in the quiet countryside he can find no peace...

His idyllic estate is falling down from neglect and nightmares of war give him no rest. Then Devlin St. Just meets his new neighbor...

Until his beautiful neighbor ignites his imagination...

With her confident manner hiding a devastating secret, his lovely neighbor commands all of his attention, and protecting Emmaline becomes Deviln's most urgent mission.

Praise for The Heir:

"Brimming with Passion, Romance, and Wit." — Sophia Nash, RITA Award–winning author of Secrets of a Scandalous Bride

"Outstanding debut...a witty, sensual Regency romance leaving readers saying huzzah!" — Booklist, starred review

"The heroine is a woman of such mystery that both the hero and the reader become obsessed with her." — USA Today


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Review

Burrowes continues her winning streak with a delicious, sensual historical romance capturing the spirit of the time.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal. The Heir was also named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was named a Publishers Weekly Best Spring Romance of 2011, and Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish was named Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 by RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. All of her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.


Product Details

  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XOZ9EG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Soldier by Grace Burrowes
Historical Romance - June 1st, 2011
5 stars

Poignant, moving and emotional I found myself teary eyed and in love with this tender story! The Soldier is a quiet but emotionally charged Regency romance about two lost souls who find shelter and love in each other arms.

Devlin is a soldier with gentle heart and a solemn demeanor who was thrown in to the Napoleonic War. He returns as hero but the war has scarred him. He jumps at storms, has fits of rage and indulges in the bottle to get himself to sleep. Now he has been bestowed an earldom for his heroics. When he moves to his new residence, he soon adopts the lovely waif, Winnie who is the illegitimate daughter of the prior heir to the estate. But with Winnie comes Miss Emmaline Farnum. Emmie is Winnie's aunt whose scandalous family's history has made her an outcast in the small village. However she refuses to leave her niece, Winnie until she has seen her settled. Devlin loves the sprit and warmth Emmie exudes and asks her to be the new governess for Winnie. But soon these two lost souls find comfort with each other that flames into passion. Sadly, Emmie does not feel she is good enough for Devlin, nor does she deserve happiness. Can Devlin persuade her otherwise?

This was a lovely romance about two very deserving main characters. It reminded me of Elizabeth Hoyt's books. Each has suffered in their own way. I really enjoy how the author slowly shows how they grow to lean on each other and find peace in the other person's company and thoughtfulness. There is a real feeling of belonging/coming home between the two of them. I always felt throughout the story that they had to be together.
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84 of 98 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overly-long book became a Much Ado About Nothing. June 8, 2011
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I confess to not being a fan of Burrowes first hit, THE HEIR. It was too long, had way too much lemonade and marzipan, and an exasperating heroine with a Secret that turned out to be so anti-climactic that it left me asking "Is that all there is? What's the problem anyway, lady? Just marry the guy and be done with it."

I have now read THE SOLDIER. It is way too long, has too many baked goods, and an exasperating heroine with another mountain-out-of-a-molehill Secret which causes her to behave like an idiot. And we have an added new annoyance: a 6-year-old kid named Winnie. Now, I like kids. I added some to the world's population and they in turn produced some I now enjoy as a grandmother. But this 6-year-old is unnatural and I could not warm up to her, although everyone in the story seemed to think the world needed to revolve around her.

In addition, Burrowes' menfolk are unnatural. So in touch with their feelings it's incredible, so able to channel their loving, affectionate, emotional feminine side, while at the same time so hunky, sexy, to-die-for. There's a lot of warm fuzziness in this story, with brotherly male bonding, adult-child bonding, male-female bonding, so much warm fuzziness and sweetness that I felt myself in danger of a yeast infection or at the very least a sugar-induced migraine attack.

And there's that big Puzzle to me: Heroine Emmie and her dealings with young Winnie. She's been taking care of the child for quite some time but can't get across basic table manners and personal hygiene? Not to mention the puzzle of her willingness to just up and desert said child.

Hero ex-soldier St. Just is the best thing in the book, but even he doesn't live up to the hopes I had for him when reading the conclusion to THE HEIR.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely June 3, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As always, a little OCD book reading order speech. Trust me, you can easily read this one without having read book 1 in the series. But if you want to do it right then yes read book 1 first, or read this one and then book 1.

Now on to the book. Devlin St. Just is the illegitimate son of a Duke and now by something he did (I will not tell you what) he has a new estate and a title to go with it. He is a soldier and he is still plagued by the war, battle wounds are hard to get over. Still what was there not to like about him, he was kind and that is the best quality in a man. The heroine Emmaline is a baker who lives near the estate. She has secrets and all she wants is to protect Winnie who is now Delin's responsibility. Since I guessed Emmaline's secret at once I had time to contemplate over her choices and I grew to understand her. I liked her because I knew what urged her on. Of course I wanted her to stop running and just live but I knew it was hard. But she deserved love.

This book is about Devlin taking on new responsibilities, how he becomes very fond of his young charge and how he falls in love. What I like about this book and book 1 is that when the man realizes that he is in love he will do anything. It is the woman who is troubled and not ready to be loved, or feels like she deserves to be loved. But the men are strong and do not care about status or power. Only love matters.

Worth mentioning are some horrible townspeople with their noses in the air, Devlin's halfbrother Valentine (book 3) and the Vicar who is courting Emmi. And I liked the Vicar, I hope he gets to live a bit and fall in love. I do hope he gets a book of his own too.

Conclusion:

A lovely book about how love truly conquers all.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful book
This is an excellent book, very powerful and moving. It makes us think again about what we subject our young soldiers to, and how terrifying their memories of war can be. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lacy46
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
I enjoyed the book a greatly . I am looking forward to reading more and more of her books, soon
Published 2 months ago by Susan J Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier
This is part of a series and very well done. past characters move thru the book but do not detract from the story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ECG and beyond
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it!
I read The Heir before reading this book. I fell in love with Devlin and his brothers in that story, so I had to read this one. I'm glad I did. Steamy and romantic and original. Read more
Published 3 months ago by vow2598
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Loved the story - it wasn't completely predictable in either plot or character. The voice of the six year old was very precocious. Definitely a keeper, though!
Published 3 months ago by Sifaria
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have ever wondered why Soldiers act different....read this book
Although this book was set in another period, you have captured what is now called PTSD to a "T". Read more
Published 4 months ago by MSG Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Very surprising.
I really enjoyed the book but it was well written, I was wondering if he would find somebody because of all he went thru but I guess it was part of the authors plan, nice.
Published 4 months ago by Cristina
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars plus
This is a wonderful series of the 3 Windham brothers. (Sisters have their own books.) You will fall in love with all of them, especially Devlin in this book. He's irresistible!
Published 5 months ago by Donna F
4.0 out of 5 stars The Duke's Obsession Series
The Dukes Obsession is a good series by Grace Burrowes. I'll read them all together. This series is well written.
Published 5 months ago by Claire Karas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This author was new to me, some months ago. Now I am reading all of her books. I especially like how she makes the hero "a real person". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nola T
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More About the Author

Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.

It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.

While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master's degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing.... romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. ("Mom, why doesn't anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?")

Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in "the call" started out: "I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing--and if that doesn't narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought." (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)

To contact Grace, email her at graceburrowes@yahoo.com.

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