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- Print Length: 286 pages
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- Publisher: Dolphin Star Press (February 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BKSC8MS
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Gallant Scoundrel (The Saint of Seven Dials Book 5) Kindle Edition
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This story focuses on Harry Thatcher. He lost his arm in the war, and also found out that his wife, albeit one that he married under duress, despite loving her, has died. It leaves him a broken man and he turns to drink, gambling, and women to try to fill the emptiness in his life. He seems to have given up, and his friends are worried about him. His best friend decides that it will do Harry the world of good if he takes up the mantle of being the newest Saint of Seven Dials.
Xena Maxwell, Harry's wife believes that her husband was killed in the war, and she has been bringing up their son by herself. The son that Harry doesn't know about because he didn't know she was pregnant when her father sent her away after they married. Money is growing scarce and Xena decides she has to go to London in order to sell some of her father's antiques. Also she wants to call upon a family friend, a Duke, in order to ask him to provide a character reference for her son so that he will be able to enter a good school when the time comes.
The Duke is holding a ball, and thanks to his machinations when he finds out that both Harry and Xena consider the other dead, he makes sure they discover each other at the dance.
From there the story tells how they deal with finding each other again, they both have doubts that the other really ever loved them, and both are put out that they were forced to marry each other. There has been so much misunderstanding between them, they just don't know where they stand with each other. Will Xena tell Harry that he is a father. She isn't sure if she should because he isn't the man he used to be, he is a drunk and a womaniser, not to mention a gambler. How can he be part of their son's life when he is so disreputable. Of course she doesn't know that he is the current Saint of Seven Dials, surely her opinion of him will change if she discovers that? Will they be able to make a go of their marriage, or are they destined to stay apart?
This is an absolutely wonderful story, the romance flows throughout it, but you also have the excitement of Harry's outings as the Saint. The misunderstandings between the couple at times you think must be insurmountable, and every time poor Xena gets the wrong end of the stick about Harry you just want to cry for him, and shake sense into her. It's a very emotional, fast paced book that I absolutely recommend. Once you have read it you might just find yourself buying the rest in the series if you haven't read them already.
The Saint of Seven Dials – a man or woman, stealing from the less deserving of the ton and giving to the poor of Seven Dials, a role in need of a new person.
Harry Thatcher returned from war scarred both in body and mind. The physical was easy for anyone to see as he lost an arm. The mental only his closest friends could tell but they didn’t know the true cause; a cause that Harry is determined to never reveal. But those memories weigh heavily on his mind and in efforts to escape those memories Harry lives a life of drinking, gambling, and women to excess. An attack lands Harry in the home of his closest friend to recuperate; a friend who is determined to help Harry turn his life around by convincing him to take on the role of The Saint of Seven Dials. A role that Harry soon comes to embrace. A role that may soon be in jeopardy.
Xena Maxwell spent her entire life following her father from one war camp to another. A life that formed her into an unusual woman – one who knows how to shoot, uses swords, and overall takes care of herself. A life that comes to an abrupt end when she is forced to wed a solider then sent immediately back to England following the wedding; however, determined to defy her father she plans on joining the army in disguise. This plan puts her on a ship other than the one planned; a ship that sinks at sea and all aboard drowned. She soon learns that circumstances will prevent her from joining the army. Feeling betrayed by her father and her “husband” Xena keeps these circumstances to herself.
After the death of her father, Xena makes a trip to London to try and sell some artifacts where she encounters the commander of the last war camp she was in. This encounter leads to an invitation to a gathering that will unite her with former soldiers she knew, all of who thought her dead, a gathering that Harry plans to attend to catch up with some of his former comrades. What neither one of them know is this gathering will bring them together with the last person they expected to ever see again…each other.
When a well-meaning friend discovers their secret he sets about to prove they belong together, a feat that may prove impossible. Years apart, feelings of abandonment, distrust, and current secrets they both hold may prove too much for them to overcome.
Book five in The Saints of Seven Dials series was a long time coming but is well worth the wait. This is a tale of how things that appear impossible may be possible. Brenda Hiatt writes in a style that has the reader feeling the characters highs and lows’ their frustrations, despair, and longings. Gallant Scoundrel will keep the reader on their toes; just when you think you have the next action figured out you’ll be given hints that will add a new layer to the action. One can hope that another Saint of Seven Dials is on the horizon!
As part of a series, Gallant Scoundrel can be read as a stand-alone story.