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The Grace of a Duke (The Daughters of the Aristocracy) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 17, 2013
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
The spirited heroine alongside the tragically scarred hero, each with strong mutual emotions and noble intentions, comprise this descriptive historical romance. The Regency setting truly pops off the page with the rich imagery ... you can touch the hero's scarred face and feel his ropey burn scars with your own hand! - Ind'Tale Magazine
About the Author
A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time. A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the local cinema. Although she no longer has any tropical fish, she does follow the San Jose Sharks. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming. For more information about her books, go to her website: www.lindaraesande.com.
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The emotion Joshua feels when he remembers how his mother always had a smile for him. His pain during his recovery was unfathomable but the part that really got to me was his last moments he spent with his sister. My nose was running, eyes watering it was a very powerful image that the author produces in your mind.
Charlotte shows up at his door step and announces she's his betrothed. She is just what he needs to move on but he's afraid to trust her. I loved how she stuck by his side and there were times he was right down cruel to her. I enjoyed watching them little by little take steps toward each other. How Joshua would brush her hair and help her sleep, when really it was the other way around.
The secondary characters had there own story unfold at the same time. I will warn you that there are some grammatical errors like instead of What have I done? It read What I have done? More than once that was done. There was also words left out. Charlotte refers to her father being at the hospital only it reads her father was at hospital. That was done 6-7 different times.
They are minor things but they do take away from the story which is why I took away a star. I will still go back and read this book again because I loved the way the duke treated Charlotte and the respect he gave her. They did fight and words crossed but that is explained by the internal struggle he has to deal with.
Imagine waking up and reliving your families death and the pain and disfigurement that has taken place. A beautiful woman, who you have loved but knew you could never have because she belonged to your undeserving brother, comes back into your life claiming that she is to be your wife. Villagers spilling gossip about your ugly puss and that you will never be able to hold onto your fiancee'. All your self doubts would come to the surface.
So even though it does take a while for them to finally reach an understanding it is very believable to see them dancing around what was obvious to their close friends. A very beautiful and deep book. There is sex throughout the book I think a total of 4-5 scenes but I felt that they were tastefully done.
I'm intrigued enough by the characters of the next book, so I'll definitely be buying it when it comes out.