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Farewell to Kindness (The Golden Redepennings) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 23, 2015
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About the Author
Jude Knight started writing fiction when she was still at school, but went on to spend many years as a commercial writer. In late December 2012, she came home from her mother’s funeral determined to finally achieve the dream her mother had always supported. After more than a year collecting ideas, doing research, and creating plots and character sketches, she stopped procrastinating and started writing. Her first novella was published just before Christmas in 2014, and – to Jude’s awed surprise – hit several Amazon bestseller lists in both the US and the UK, at one point reaching the top 2 in the US and the very top in the UK. 2015 is the year of the novel, with one in April, one in September, and one in December. Jude is also part of a collaborative group of writers, the Bluestocking Belles, so watch for their boxed set just before Christmas 2015. Jude has chosen 1 April as the launch date for Farewell to Kindness in honour of all the people who told her that she’d never achieve anything if she didn’t get her head out of a book. In Jude’s books, you’ll find strong determined heroines, heroes who can appreciate a clever capable woman, and villains you’ll love to loathe. The novel plots tend towards the gothic, with a leavening of humour, and some insights into the similarities and differences between now and way back then. Jude thinks her Mum would have liked them.
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Top Customer Reviews
Next we meet the hero of our tale, the dashing and handsome Earl Stephen Redepenning, known to friends just as Rede. He has recently inherited the earldom from his cousin, the lazy and money squandering George. Rede, having come from Canada where he lived for three years in search of those who ordered the deaths of his beloved wife and children. Now in England, he must repair the damage George has caused to the estates, including the Longford Estate, where a tenant has resided for years rent free. Curious of this tenant’s situation, he eventually makes his way to her cottage, where he meets and finds himself intrigued by the beautiful and intelligent Anne, the lady who was under the guardianship of his cousin George and mother of a Redepenning. Her daughter Daisy whom she must protect is underage and in danger of losing her to a distant cousin, Simon Stocke, the Earl of Selby.
Rede develops an ever growing attraction to the lovely Anne and wants nothing more than to revel in her warmness and have long passionate nights. Alas, Rede is on a mission to find those who ordered the deaths of his wife and children and the ruin of his fur trade enterprise..
Anne learning of the upcoming visit of the new earl, having nothing but the memories of the former earl, sets the whole town on edge but more so for Anne as she must protect her family and knows she has not paid rent in years. However, when the Earl visits, Anne is taken by his charm and care he shows for her darling Daisy and sister Meg who is simple... upon subsequent visits, Anne finds herself falling for the earl... but her daughter is a Redepenning... will he find out? Will she lose her daughter to the earl of Selby? Will Rede find justice of those who are out to get him and ordered the death of his loved ones? Will passion once again envelope our hero Rede? Can our heroine learn to love and give her heart at last?
Jude Knight’s writing is impeccable, her way of expressing detail truly ignites the senses of the reader, where one truly goes back in time, smells the delicious foods cooking, hears the sounds of the carriages rolling along the cobblestone streets of London or the dirt roads of small quaint villages. The reader cannot help but feel the emotions invoked by the characters and sympathize with their plights. Ms. Knight has truly given the readers an historical accuracy in her writing, she pays great detail to the period in which the story takes place, to the historical events of the time and she has truly delved deep into her research which is shown through the scenes and depictions of the buildings, wardrobe, food, cultural events, social expectations, etc.
I was just awestruck by this phenomenal masterpiece. I read it from cover to cover and could not put it down. She keeps her reader on the edge of their seats awaiting what comes next!
In this book, there are characters you will love, those you will loathe and those you will despise! There are many reasons why.
Red Redepenning is a gentleman in the true sense of the word. Yes, there is revenge in his heart, but there is room for so much more.
Anne is an innocent but not without resources. A good aim can come in very handy it seems. The previous Earl of Chirbury wronged Anne in more ways than one so she has forced his hand. He has paid his penance and I think he got off easy.
The New Earl of Chirbury, The 8th, Stephen Edward John Redepenning is known as Rede to his friends. He knows nothing of Anne or why one of his tenants pays no rent. He inherited the title while living in Canada as a fur trader. When he returned, he found out he was the new Earl, with a seat in the House of Lords, properties, with tenants and servants all in a shocking state of disarray! He will have a long journey ahead of him to figure out the mess of papers and people left behind by his feckless cousin George, the 7th Earl.
Anne Forsythe has been in hiding in a cottage in Longford. She along with her sisters and her beautiful little girl with their maid Hannah. Anne is not so innocent after all. She has been hiding her daughter, along with her sister, who is not at the age of majority yet, and who is the target of a ruthless cousin, who happens to share guardianship. he has the audacity to want to marry her to his own son. Her dowry is a nice enough reason to do so. Anne knows what the son is like, and the cousin for that matter, she has no wish to let her sister anywhere near him. So they made a new life here in Longford. Now the Earl of Chirbury is coming down to inspect his property and this could spell disaster for Anne and her family. Her child has the distinctive "Redepenning" eyes!
Many strange accidents happen to the Earl and the people close to him. He wonders if it is related to things that happened before he left Canada.
I really loved this book. Sweet, mysterious, and fun to read! Some sad parts that made me stop for a minute. But You can't have a good book without some hardships. I enjoyed the characters, but Anne was my favorite. She has an indomitable spirit that I wish I had.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good Regency Romance that is not so easy, with some intrigue and fun.
Also, check out Jude Knights free novella Candle's Christmas Chair!
I couldn't get a grip on the plot. There was a plot, a sub-plot, a sub-sub plot, a sub-sub-sub plot... There was no focus. We had a myriad of characters but knew little about them because of the excessive plotting. There were villainous characters galore about whom I learned far more than I wanted to know. They contributed some extremely distasteful passages and the detail added nothing to the story. The many side stories and villains were probably meant to lend excitement but they lent irritation instead.
I hung in there until the last 30% when the story just became Minerva Press-ish. That did me in.
This novel was in desperate need of a ruthless editor.
Now you'd think that after my complaints, I'd be through with Jude Knight and the Redepennings. WRONG. I think Ms. Knight has the makings of a brilliant author and I love the Redepenning family. I look forward to ENCOURAGING PRUDENCE (David's story) and to A RAGING MADNESS (Alex's story.)
ETA: Now that I've calmed down, I'm reminded that this *is* a debut novel and this author is capable of truly superior writing.
Enjoy your reading! :)