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Ena's Surrender: Prequel to the Borderland Ladies Series Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B083BC3FHC
- Publisher : Madeline Martin (February 25, 2020)
- Publication date : February 25, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4380 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 138 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #782,478 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ena and Bran Davidson were the only survivors when the English attacked their cottage in Scotland. Ena was grievously wounded and only survived because Bran tended her as best he could. They were just small children, orphaned, and abandoned by a society that was more concerned with their own survival than that of a couple of small orphaned children. Ena and Bran were close, they knew how lucky they were to have each other.
Ena wanted, so very much, to help Bran. She hated that she was expected to sit in their cottage in relative safety while he was out reiving in order for them to eat. His life was on the line all the time. When she decided to dress like a warrior and sneak off to join in one of the raids, she had no idea it would change her life, Bran’s life, and the life of an Englishman she had yet to meet.
Renault Blanchard was orphaned very young and was totally on his own – another of society’s throwaways. He was bound and determined to make something of himself. His goal was to become a castle guard at Kershopefoot Castle. Imagine a poor, dirty, scrap of a beggar becoming a castle guard and living in the castle. All he had to do was please the Earl of Bothbury with the reports from his spying and he was sure he would be elevated. Well, that was his goal until the night he had a brief battle with a fierce warrior – one that proved to be a female.
Renault continues to encounter Ena – deliberately – even though he knows his life would be forfeit if anyone – his people or hers – should ever find out. Life is hard in the Borderlands between England and Scotland – and the people are enemies. There can be no hope for a relationship between then, but Renault can’t stop himself.
You’ll absolutely love watching Ena and Renault find love against all of the odds. You’ll also love Bran and his devotion to and love for his sister. I can definitely recommend this fast-paced, exciting read. The one thing that bothered me at all – and it is a very, very, very, very minor thing is that somehow, I had trouble with the name Renault for our hero. I’m sure it is correct for the time and place because this author is a stickler for that sort of thing. The fault is totally and completely mine – I just didn’t care for the name.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Renault Blanchard is shocked to learn the "lad" he disarmed is in fact a lass! When a retribution raid takes place he again crosses paths with Ena, he returns her dagger, but takes her goat - Maribel. But when Bran returns, she learns that he returned Maribel as well and against her better judgement, is intrigued. Later, while on a spying mission to Scotland, Renault sees her again in the village - he knows a relationship with her is impossible, he is a spy working for the Earl of Bothbury, he is her enemy, everything about them is wrong, but try as he might, he can't seem walk away from her. And soon knows he will have to decide to walk away from everything he has worked so hard to achieve or betray the woman who he loves with all his heart.
Ena tries to forget about the Renault, but he challenges everything she believes about the English and despite her hatred for all Englishmen, she finds herself falling for him. So when she learns the truth about Renault’s job for Bothbury, will she trust him or will she let the hate she has carried for so long consume her and destroy him.
Ena plays a pivotal role in Marin’s Promise and you get to read more of Ena and Renault’s HEA in that book, but you don’t know how they met or how Ena could possibly love an Englishman until you read this book! This book is the perfect segue into Marin and Bran’s story, it is well written, flows perfectly, has steamy love scenes, plenty of action, lies, deception and an against-all-odds type of love story. It is a novella but the characters are fleshed out and it never feels rushed. I loved this story and am happy to recommend it. It is part of the series and I would recommend reading this book before Marin’s Promise – it is not necessary, but it will give you a better understanding of Bran’s actions in that book!
I haven’t read any of this series as I came late to Mrs Madeline Martin’s work, so this prequel was the best way for me to discover her medieval world as I tend I confess to read later in time romance.
I loved it was about commoners, people who struggled and fought to live.
Ena is a survivor, but despite the horrors of her past, she didn’t turn the tragedy she lived in a reason to exact revenge. She believes she hates English but she has never seen proof of their goodness until one slips into her life and stole her breath and heart.
Renault has risen himself from a orphan turned beggar to a spy for his lord. He is close to goal, a post as a castle guard. While he dislikes all this nonsense violence, he follows the path as he hopes it will help him to get his right reward.
Until he comes face to face with a stranger challenging his battling skill and glimpses her true identity. From there, his world shifts from its axis.
Both are good and caring persons, they did as they should to survive when hunger and cold loom around them, but once they meet, they will revise their own preconceived notions about the other and open their heart and soul. Soon, they know what they want but what if life comes between them.
5 stars for this sweet tale of trust and faith.
I was granted an advance copy by the author and preordered my own. Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
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Renault Blanchard has worked hard to escape his meagre childhood, vowing to never return to begging on the streets. He spies on the Scottish, an easy and uneventful task, until he discovers a feisty lass with a wild spirit and a fire that ignites his own passion.
Despite all the odds against them, Ena and Renault slowly begin to trust each other.
This is the prequel to the Borderland Ladies series & if you’ve read the series or are about to read the series then this is a must read. Oh my what a read for a novella! Fast paced – don’t start it late at night if you want to sleep. Wonderful characters who have lots of depth. I loved both Ena & Renault she’s feisty & loving, he's honourable & kind together they are dynamite. Renault melted my heart when he returned Maribel. A lovely story that gave an insight into Bran’s life & for a short story it didn't leave any loose ends.
My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
A wonderful prelude to the Borderland Ladies Series.
It’s great to see how these characters lived and interacted before Bran lived in a big castle and made something of himself. Where their roots were and what made them the people they are.
Ena is Brans Sister , she a little older but he look after her a feels responsible for her wellbeing.
A least until she meets a young English spy.
Renault falls at first sight for the feisty Scottish woman and their lives are destined to be one.
With things made more difficult by the fact that they fight and live on opposite sides of the border.
Though they try to keep things secret, ‘the truth will out’ as they say.
Excellent characters with chemistry and emotion, especially the little steamy scene.
Brans character is great to , it makes me Want to read Marin’s Promise again.
It’s always great fun to read anything by Madeline, but it’s sad the series is finished.
I received an Arc copy of this book and chose to post this review
I initially thought there was some degree of historical licence ie. that poor children who were orphaned became wards of the town and were assigned some household to grow up in; that reivers were bound to a Scottish clan and townspeople to a lord of the manor but the author assures me that what was true for the rest of the country didn’t apply in the Borders - that the area was lawless and chaotic and fell under no man’s real ‘rule’.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.