- Series: The Golden Redepennings
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Jude Knight (March 23, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0473313537
- ISBN-13: 978-0473313531
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,861,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Farewell to Kindness (The Golden Redepennings) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 23, 2015
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Jude Knight wants to transport you to another time, another place, to enjoy adventure and romance, thrill to trials and challenges, uncover secrets and solve mysteries, and delight in a happy ending. She writes everything from Hallmark to Regency Noir, in different eras and diverse places, short, medium and extra-long. Expect decent men with wounded hearts, women who are stronger than they think, and villains you'll want to smack or worse. and all with a leavening of humour.
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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!
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! :)
Rede, the new Earl doesn't have time to waste on a widow living on his estate because he needs to seek his revenge for the murder of his wife and his children. Yet they both seem to be drawn to each other.
Jude Knight writes in such a way that her words wrap around you and sucks you right into the middle of her world. You are right there attending all the festivities and you're so excited to turn the page to find out who will win the next contest. The suspense of finding the villains keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The twist were a total shock to me and usually I can figure them out rather quickly.Then we have the budding romance of Anne and Rede who are very strong,likable and stubborn characters , you just can't help but loving them both. There are also many other well written characters that you will love,like,adore, hate and want to read more about . It's a very good thing that this is going to be a series!
Will be kept on my Kindle to read again and again
If the author had kept her personality strong in controlling her lust as much as she was strong in other situations it would have been a good read. Ditch the out of place and explicit scenes.
Vulgarity doesn't add to a story.
Anyway, if you like that sort of thing this is a book for you.