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The Captive (Captive Hearts) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2014
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"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
"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.
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""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
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.
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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.
As time passes, Gilly and Christian's fondness for one another ripens into love, but there are two stumbling blocks. Gilly is determined never to be under any man's control again, and Christian is obsessed with hunting down and killing his torturer (who conveniently happens to be half-English and living in London after receiving amnesty).
The Captive is certainly Burrowes' most serious book, and she handles the troubling events in Christian's and Gilly's lives with great compassion. Some sensitive readers may be put off by the descriptions of torture, but I thought they were not too graphic and in any event were a necessary element of the story. She puts us insides the heads of her protagonists, and nothing feels contrived, not even the secondary role played by Devlin St. Just, hero of her 2011 book The Soldier (Duke's Obsession, #2). He had encountered Christian in France and proves to be a stalwart friend when Christian needs one.
If I have one criticism, it is that the ending scenes feel a bit rushed, but that is really not a major fault. I have enjoyed almost all of Burrowes' books (and yes, I have read every one of them) and have no hesitation is recommending this to anyone who has not tried her. And I'm eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in this trilogy The Traitor.
When he returns to England, he is a different man, a hero who doesn't want to talk or meet anyone and suffering from PTSD. When his cousin by marriage comes to his home and insists that he return to his main residence of Severn he is attracted by her determination for him to return to help his daughter.
Christian and Gillian have some of the same problems, how they work together to solve them and learn more about each other is a wonderful read.
This story was captivating (excuse the pun on the title) and rich. Christian suffered terribly in captivity and really had what seemed liked PTSD. He was jumpy with loud sounds, couldn’t eat, drink or sleep, and Gilly was there to put him on track to recovery. It was interesting how Gilly jumped into the role of co-dependent caretaker and completely ignored (avoided) her own issues. It isn’t until much later in the book that the full extent of Gilly’s trauma is revealed and the reason for her inability to move on as much as she forces Christian to do so.
But what I liked the most was what turned out to be Christian’s sensitivity. He came across hard and closed off in the beginning, but then as he started to settle in the country, spend time with his daughter, share his experiences with Gilly, he became something more than he was before he went to war. He shared his view of his marriage and the reasons for leaving for the war and the reader experienced his recovery through his words which was lovely. Gilly was a great listener and promoter of Christian’s healing and enjoyed receiving his spontaneous kisses, however, she wasn’t up to sharing much of her story at all.
Their falling in love was sweet…so tender, slow, platonic until abruptly it wasn’t. This line really had my eyebrows raise:
“Spread your legs, love. Make a place for me, or tell me to sleep on the balcony” – Christian
I thought that was quite abrupt given how they usually conversed, but it worked obviously for them.
Definitely a worthwhile read and will go on my to be read again shelf I’m sure.
Another thing to note, that is more of a personal thing I think for me, was how the story was written. It was written very eloquently and reminded me of reading Jane Austen. It was almost Old English. As I am not an English major and have been out of school for many years, there may be a term for this, but it occurred to me that I was reading this as if I was truly in this time period. The descriptions, the conversations, were written in this manner that made me think that everything else I read is somehow “dumbed down”. I think this is a nice distinction and quality of her writing and I will look to see if she carries this style to her other books as I read more.