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The Captive (Captive Hearts Book 1) by [Burrowes, Grace]
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"Overall I was really loving this book. I'm going to check out more of the Captive Hearts series when they start coming out. This is the first book I've read by Burrowes and I will be checking out more as soon as I can.
You might also like: " - Awesomesauce Bookclub

""The popular, prolific Burrowes begins a new series with her signature mix of
emotional intensity, lush storytelling and intelligent writing... Smart, compelling
and captivating."" - Kirkus

"I found that I could not put down THE CAPTIVE. The romance was poignant and touching, and the threads of the events happening were woven together by Grace Burrowes to form an emotional, well paced book, one of my very favorites by her." - Fresh Fiction

"This book was SO well written. The timing of events was perfect, the romance was perfect (and HOT) and the resolution was perfect." - Buried Under Romance

"Burrowes nimbly guides readers from darkness to healing and love in this promising beginning." - Shelf Awareness for Readers

"This was my first time reading a Grace Burrows book but it definitely not be my last! " - Monlatable Book Reviews

" The Captive is spellbinding and is a definitive exclamations of love and life, but Grace Burrowes does it in a quietly elegant way. The writing is amazing, the vision/purpose of the story startlingly clear, and the characters are just ... Wow. Truly, there are no words." - Love Saves the World

"I can always count on Grace Burrowes to deliver a beautifully written book with compelling characters. In The Captive, she adds a lovely, evocative story of lost souls finding their way." - SOS Aloha

"Overall, it's a touching and charming romance about two people who are getting a second chance at happiness. It's easy to fall in love Christian and Gilly which only makes their HEA all the better. Burrowes gives us a lovely introduction to new series, and I'll definitely be keeping my eyes out for the rest." - Book Munchies

"WOW! Another grand slam by Grace Burrowes. I really ... REALLY enjoyed this historical romance. I love that Grace writes mature," lived life a little and now much wiser" kind of characters. I think this is the big reason why her stories seems to flow so naturally and always before I know it, I am finished the book. The believability is front and centre as is the ability to feel sympathy and compassion. I always FEEL FEEL FEEL reading a Grace Burrowes book and I absolutely love that. I also adore that she always seems to write the perfect match for her often conflicted characters and somehow they always seem to break the mold and become one of a kind!" 5 out of 5" - The Reading Cafe

"Grace Burrowes is back in very fine form with The Captive. There is a tortured hero, a damaged heroine, and a hidden enemy. Throw in a daughter who will not talk and romance to complete the mix. I loved Gilly. She endured a horrible marriage but emerges strong and full of empathy. Christian needs someone like Gilly for himself and for his daughter." - Mixed Book Bag

"Grace Burrowes is definitely one of my favorite authors of historical romance. This is a must read!" - A Chick Who Reads

"This is the first book I have read from this author and I can't wait to read more. If you love historical romance you do not want to miss this book!" - Drue's Random Chatter's Reviews

"An unusually dark and moving Regency-era love story between a tortured nobleman and a young widow." - Shelf Awareness for Readers

"Burrowes deftly builds the romantic tension amid lovely layers of domestic tranquility and honest conversations... [an] engrossing story." - Publishers Weekly

"This is a beautiful story of redemption and love's power over evil, but even more so it is a story that wrenches readers' emotions, yet leaves them utterly satisfied. Let Burrowes lift your heart." - RT Book Reviews

"The popular, prolific Burrowes begins a new series with her signature mix of emotional intensity, lush storytelling and intelligent writing... Smart, compelling and captivating." - Kirkus

"Unique and well-written... the characters and their love make for a memorable romance." - Booklist

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances and Scotland-set Victorian romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Once Upon a Tartan have both won RT Reviewers' Choice Awards, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Two of her MacGregor heroes have won KISS awards. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1666 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HFDVMTI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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WOW! I read this in less that 24 hours. Could not put it down.

Grace Burrowes is at the top of her game in The Captive, the story of two traumatized souls helping one another heal. Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, was held captive and tortured by Napoleon's army, while Gillian, Lady Greendale, has endured eight years of marriage to an elderly, abusive husband, now mercifully dead. Gilly was a cousin of Christian's wife, Helene, but she and her infant son have died while Christian was in captivity. When the newly freed Christian returns to London, Gilly forces her way into his home to chide him for not attending to his eight-year-old daughter, Lucy, who lives on his country estate with a nurse and governess.

Gilly immediately realizes that Christian is in no condition to take responsibility for his daughter; he is a physical wreck, barely able to eat, and mentally confused. When Christian promises to go to his daughter only if Gilly accompanies him, Gilly feels that she has no choice. Besides, she is eager to leave behind the awful memories connected with her life on her late husband's estate.

Gilly is immediately likable. She is intelligent, compassionate, and supremely competent. The situation calls for a "managing female," and she is one, in the best sort of way. Christian is harder to get to know, which is understandable under the circumstances, but he quickly assumes the role of doting papa to Lucy, who has not spoken a word since her mother died. Gradually, we see his true self re-emerging and we learn about his mistreatment, both through his memories and from the things he tells Gilly. We learn more about Gilly, as well, and see that her marriage was more horrible than first thought.
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In the Captive, arguably the most powerful book Grace Burrowes has written to date, the heroine stole my heart. As much as I dislike the label of "strong heroine," which is overused in reviews and, as such has been nearly stripped of its meaning, I'm at a loss for a better description.

Gillian, the Countess of Greendale, epitomizes of strength in the face of adversity, though, adversity is too mild a word for the personal hell her life had been while her husband was alive. And she managed a narrow escape from his nefarious posthumous plans, bruised, but by no means broken, because her husband's torment had taught her to think out of the box and defy him without engaging in direct confrontation. In other words, her thoughts and actions fit with the time period, in which she lives. And her experiences molded her to become the female counterpart of the hero.

After Christian returns home to England, hurt physically, but unbroken psychologically - the parallels are obvious - Gillian takes over the running of his household, and in many ways of his life, on the condition that he returns to his country estate and spends time with his daughter. There, during hot summer months, sheltered from the eyes of society, two damaged people find that their cracked edges fit together and their friendship heals their scars. Their love story is as heartfelt as it is compelling, and, endless orange peeling and lemonade swilling aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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You'll think I'm crazy, but these became people to me, not characters, and I love Christian and Gilly. That's how well Ms. Burrowes writes; she brings her people to life and I like how people from other stories will stop by to visit from time to time. This time it was St. Just, The Soldier (Windham Series). And to think I once became so annoyed (downright mad) to find unknown folks traipsing into a story! Well, they were only strangers because I hadn't bestirred myself to read their stories. Now that I've read a few, I feel a comfortable part of the family, the community.

With her novels, Ms. Burrowes hits on an essential truth ~ we all have individual stories, and we are all part of the whole. Plus, her prose is beautifully fluid and descriptive.

The story of Gilly and Christian is one of the most absorbing I've ever read. It's an intense novel about the effects of torture on these two people. They suffered in different ways, but suffer they did. Though in no way oppressive, the story reveals the many emotional paths such survivors follow. The characters are complex and well-defined.

And, of course, we're further gifted with a compelling, sweet story of love between our friends, Gilly and Christian. Truly sigh-worthy.

It's remarkable to me that Ms. Burrowes was able to incorporate such a thoughtful examination of terrible experiences into a vastly engaging, entertaining story, but she did.

I wholeheartedly recommend this. It's not light and frivolous but it's not at all depressing, either. There is a sense of hope throughout. This novel is a standalone. St. Just plays only a small part and knowing him is not essential to this story.

Enjoy your reading! :)
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Two damaged people find each other.
Christian Donatus Severn, eighth Duke of Mercia's damage we can guess at. Gillian, Countess of Greendale's is more hidden.
I took these two straight to my heart. Wonderful characters demonstrating true courage despite the atrocities they both endured.
Christian, a prisoner of war, Gilly a prisoner of her marriage.
Gillian flees to her cousin by marriage, Mercia, some time after her husband dies. She intends to take Mercia to task about his daughter Lucille. Mercia's wife Helene is Gillian's cousin. Mercia's daughter Lucille has not spoken for some time and needs her father. Gillian also needs a place to live. There's hints of trickery and treachery but her trusty solicitor Stoneleigh sets Gillian on the right path. More than once.
Christian is the 'lost Duke', 'a high ranking officer captured out of uniform' by the French, held and tortured. It is here in France that we again meet one of my heroes Devlin St. Just. It is he who shepherds Mercia back to England and helping him and and understanding him as Mercia fights towards healing.
Freed after Napoleon has been captured Mercia returns home to many changes. The scene in France in the English camp where he is finally recognized as the lost Duke is vivid and wrenching, and we are treated to an unexpected degree of dignity from this shattered man.
I loved Gilly and Mercia. Her trueness and his damaged heart. The simple act of eating an orange becomes part of the dance between them and is displayed with a fine sense of delicacy, reflecting another facet of the person that Gillian is.
Gilly's embroidering of acres of flowers as a weapon is striking. Wonderful! All I could think of was William Morris fabrics.
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