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A Raging Madness (The Golden Redepennings) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 2, 2017
About the Author
Jude Knight’s writing goal is to transport readers to another time, another place, where they can enjoy adventure and romance, thrill to trials and challenges, uncover secrets and solve mysteries, delight in a happy ending, and return from their virtual holiday refreshed and ready for anything. She writes historical novels, novellas, and short stories, mostly set in the early 19th Century. She writes strong determined heroines, heroes who can appreciate a clever capable woman, villains you’ll love to loathe, and all with a leavening of humour.
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The author's carefully researched history, always a Jude Knight specialty, shines through in the setting and above all in the details of life in the Regency era. The use of a canal journey as a metaphor for relationship is brilliant, and the details of life on the boat endearing.
As in all Jude Knight books the hero and heroine are surrounded by a cast of secondary characters, some of the known from other stories, and some of them unique to this book. Each is a well rounded. Not one is a flat stereotype, even the villains.
The suspenseful plot carried me along at a steady pace to a satisfying conclusion. Even when you think you know the villain behind some incidents she keeps you guessing with surprises at several turns.
While I saw two advance versions of this wonderful book, I bought my own to keep. I want more stories of the Golden Redepennings. I can hardly wait.
Alex is a wonderful character: humble, hard-working, uncomplaining and so very, very loving. Ella is a bit more of a mystery, whose life's backstory is revealed in small bits throughout the book. Together, they work to create a new life that will help each of them overcome the sorrows and difficulties they've experienced. In that, they are so lucky to have not only each other, but also loving family members, friends, and even some devoted servants.
The continuity of characters from previous writings makes for a joyful reunion for those of us who have had the privilege of reading earlier works. However, even if this is your first Jude Knight book, you should have no trouble understanding the references. It's a lovely read with a good dose of mystery, some wonderful, detailed research, and above all-- a beautiful romance.
The intimate scene, chapter Twenty Three, is the worst, most ridiculous, awkward sex description I have ever encountered. It is made worse, if possible, by a lack of believable transition from platonic to jumping in bed. And then TALKING constantly while finally there. Ugh.
About a third if this entire book should have been cut out. This is not the first time I have observed this problem in one of her books. It will be the last.
The heart of this novel is the incredible journey of discovery that Alex and Ella take. What is it like to love a person and imagine that person feels nothing but friendship for you? Jude Knight takes us on this journey and we meander slowly along with our characters as life and villains converge to further damage two already damaged lovers.
The ending was more than satisfactory. I loved this story and highly recommend it to all readers who enjoy a historical romance with a more mature hero and heroine.
Ella wasn't going to go down without a fight. I loved her spirit from the start because with everything she had been through she kept her head up. She was a fighter and slowly realized that she a lady even without a title and money. You just love her instantly.
Alex has always cared about and loved Ella. I loved him from the start because he didn't let his injury get in his way and knew he had to help her. He was a bit surprising at times, but those surprises make you love him more from how he talks about horses and why he won't breed for the army to the story he told about the lessons his brothers taught him.
I highly recommend this book.