From Library Journal
Tragically and scandalously widowed, young Phoebe, Lady Brodfield, withdraws from society and remains in self-imposed seclusion with her sister's family. However, when the infamous Earl of Devenham, wounded and delirious, ends up in her care, Phoebe's life takes an unexpected and decidedly more interesting turn. A nicely matched hero and heroine, well-developed secondary characters, and a brood of delightful children grace this gradually unfolding story that, for all its classic Regency conventions, contains a high degree of sexual tension and more than a touch of evil. Marred only by a somewhat cliched ending and a villain who is a bit too degenerate, this story should appeal to readers who enjoy Regencies that are almost in the traditional mode. Readers who enjoy Eastwood's Regencies (A Perilous Journey, Signet, 1994) might also find those of Mary Balogh of interest. (Eastwood lives in Wakefield, Rhode Island.)
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One of the ton's most eligible bachelors has just returned a hero from a daring battle with Napoleon at Waterloo. Mortally wounded, Major Jack Jameson, Earl of Devenham, is taken in by an old friend to be nursed by a lovely, reclusive young widow. Lady Phoebe Brodfield, the toast of the Season just three years past, is haunted by a fateful marriage and the strange happenings surrounding her husband's death. Though extraordinarily attracted to her handsome patient, Phoebe is determined to keep him from getting close enough to sense her growing desire for him. Instantly intrigued by his mysterious angel of mercy, Lord Devenham sets out to ease the boredom of his confinement by learning as much as he can about her guarded past, only to lose his heart to the vulnerable beauty. The Persistent Earl is a delightful story of a lady struggling to come to terms with her past and learning to trust - and love - again at the urging of a confirmed rogue with a heart of gold. The characters are charming and are sure to capture a lasting place in your heart.Gail Eastwood's vivid storytelling creates an unforgettable reading experience. Ms. Eastwood's absorbing style utterly sweeps her readers off into a world of her own making. Beautifully penned, Ms Eastwood touches the soul with genuine elegance.Lori Wright -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved
-- From Literary Times