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The Sergeant's Lady [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Fraser
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Book Description

Highborn Anna Arrington has been "following the drum," obeying the wishes of her cold, controlling cavalry officer husband. When he dies, all she wants is to leave life with Wellington's army in Spain behind her and go home to her family's castle in Scotland.

Sergeant Will Atkins ran away from home to join the army in a fit of boyish enthusiasm. He is a natural born soldier, popular with officers and men alike, uncommonly brave and chivalrous, and educated and well-read despite his common birth.

As Anna journeys home with a convoy of wounded soldiers, she forms an unlikely friendship with Will. When the convoy is ambushed and their fellow soldiers captured, they become fugitives—together. The attraction between them is strong—but even if they can escape the threat of death at the hands of the French, is love strong enough to bridge the gap between a viscount's daughter and an innkeeper's son?

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  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U89SIE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Different Regency Romance! September 10, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I haven't read a Regency Romance in many years, but this is quite different from what I recall. Those novels never took place in an army encampment.

Anna Arrington is an officer's wife and the niece of an Earl. Her marriage is a troubled one, as her ignorant husband makes an incorrect assumption about her on their wedding night, and he will neither be dissuaded from his misconception nor will he forgive her. Adding to their troubles is the fact that she cannot seem to conceive. And of course, he blames her. In an vain effort to help their marriage, she goes with him when he goes off to battle with Wellington's army in Spain.

The novel starts when Anna defies her husband to help a camp follower named Juana give birth to a child. Juana's lover happens to be best friends with Will Atkins, a popular sergeant with the Rifles. Anna and Will find themselves working together to save the child, earning both of them Juana's everlasting gratitude and establishing an unlikely friendship between the officer's wife and the commonborn sergeant.

I liked both Will and Anna. Ms. Fraser did a masterful job especially when portraying a scene from Will's point-of-view. We easily feel like we are behind his eyes. She even uses a crude term that would immediately make this an R rated review if I mentioned it. However, I cannot imagine an innkeeper's son referring to his ... maleness as anything other than his c**k. So it worked perfectly. There were sex scenes, but I wouldn't classify them as very hot.

If I had any critique, it's that some of Anna's problems were rather quickly solved. Which meant, in order to keep the plot moving, we needed no fewer than three villains.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Debut, Worth Checking Out August 24, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
It used to be fairly common for Regency novels to deal with the wars and the soldiers on the streets. Somewhere over the last ten or twenty years those fell out of favor. You might have a returned soldier or a few dozen spies, but novels about soldiers or their wives largely ceased to exist. In The Sergeant's Lady Susanna Fraser brings those novels back to life. With a style reminiscent of Joan Wolf's early Regencies, Fraser sets her characters in the Spanish countryside for a look at a different aspect of Regency life. Anna is the sort of heiress you wouldn't expect to find following her husband's regiment around. With a net worth somewhere upwards of 6 million dollars she should be a prize to her husband. Sadly for Anna, her husband holds a flaw common to first husbands in the Regency. He's just not that into her.

Will, a Sergeant with a net worth somewhere upwards of quite a bit less, is very into Anna. Unfortunately (and with welcome realism) Will is aware that he is unlikely to catch a woman of Anna's rank. Doing so could be a disaster for them both, and certainly the end of his career. Wartime being what it is, events conspire differently and soon Will and Anna find themselves unable to stay apart. The relationship between them is sweet and natural, with Anna's family's wealth being recent enough for her to relate to the 'common' people but large enough to prove a complete deterrent to Will. While the events that unfold around them occasionally go a bit over the top (Really, guy in well? That's your big plan?) overall the realism of social conflict is a welcome change from the status oblivious characters of Greater Regencyland.

I was torn between three and four stars for The Sergeant's Lady.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The path laid out for us is straight and does not vary much in width or length. At times we wonder - is this the one I want to be on or is there more if I just walk that way? Can I see life with my own imagination and have my personal idea of what is proper or not?

William "Will" Atkins left home young to discover what life was like outside of his family business. He became a good soldier, brave leader and an excellent shot which elevated him in the Rifle Company where he served. He was on the path he had chosen for himself and right now in Spain he felt he had a complete life. That was up until fate brought Anna Arrington into his life and nothing would be the same. Anna is an aristocrat and an officer's wife and Will knew better.

Anna thought that love was enough to make her husband fulfill every childhood dream she had. It turned out that the marriage she entered into was with a brute and their marriage was as bad and violent as any battlefield. But her husband made one too many bad decisions and wound up dead at the hands of men who did not tolerate his behavior. Anna now a widow is forced to leave the life she knew and head back to her family in Scotland. As fate would have it, Will's company is chosen to escort th wounded convoy that will take her home. Along the route they traveled the French attack and take them prisoners but there is more than prisoner status for Anna at the hands of her captor. Will comes to her rescue and they escape and start off on an adventure that no one would enjoy yet both of them don't want to end.

Will fights off the enemy, keeps Anna safe for the four days they traverse along fighting dehydration, hunger and the passion they feel for one another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Love Story - War Time Regency Romance - Mismatched H/h
I've only recently been introduced to Susanna Fraser's writing and I'm happy to have found her books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Judge Tabor
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
an unusual combination of characters. A discovery of what really matters. Class crossing was very difficult, but it makes so much sense here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by beth
2.0 out of 5 stars Vaguely Depressing
I found this vaguely depressing. If you don't mind uncomfortable settings (war) and circumstances (widowhood, capture & pursuit by the enemy) and relationships that seem destined... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Linda Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective
I've read most of Cornwell's Sharpe books, so this book caught my attention.

I like that Ms. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jinx13
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I am a huge fan of Susanna Fraser! Her books are now automatically on my must read list. I am a book editor, and find that I now have a hard time enjoying a book because I always... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Romance Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning
I loved this book for all of the reasons mentioned in the earlier positive reviews, and I immediately went to the author's other book, "A Marriage of Inconvience. Read more
Published on May 3, 2011 by Bookwoman
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of Sharpe's Rifles!
This romance gets extra points for being other than the Same Old Thing.

Harking back to Carla Kelly's Regency romances, the hero is a sergeant in Wellington's army; but... Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by Victoria McManus
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut for Author
Wow I wish all debut authors were this good!

What a wonderful Historical Romance. What I deal I got when I was able to snatch "The Sergeant's Lady" for free. Read more
Published on September 22, 2010 by M. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, fresh Regency romance
This book is proof that even in the overdone Regency genre, it's possible to write a story that is fresh and new. Read more
Published on September 19, 2010 by esm4
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
THE SERGEANT'S LADY has a traditional Regency feel and is set in Spain and Portugal during the Napoleonic Wars. Read more
Published on September 1, 2010 by Erica
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More About the Author

Susanna Fraser wrote her first novel in fourth grade. It starred a family of talking horses who ruled a magical land. In high school she started, but never finished, a succession of tales of girls who were just like her, only with long, naturally curly and often unusually colored hair, who, perhaps because of the hair, had much greater success with boys than she ever did.

Along the way she read her hometown library's entire collection of Regency romance, fell in love with the works of Jane Austen, and discovered in Patrick O'Brian's and Bernard Cornwell's novels another side of the opening decades of the 19th century. When she started to write again as an adult, she knew exactly where she wanted to set her books. Her writing has come a long way from her youthful efforts, but she still gives her heroines great hair.

Susanna grew up in rural Alabama. After high school she left home for the University of Pennsylvania and has been a city girl ever since. She worked in England for a year after college, using her days off to explore history from ancient stone circles to Jane Austen's Bath.

Susanna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. When not writing or reading, she goes to baseball games, sings alto in a local choir and watches cooking competition shows. Please stop by and visit her at www.susannafraser.com, get to know her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorsusannafraser and follow her on Twitter at @susannafraser.

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