- File Size: 799 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (October 24, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 24, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O0FVM6C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rowena's Hellion (The Victorians) Kindle Edition
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Rowena is one of the Duncan girls, one of three women rescued from a Catholic orphanage in England by Lord Blair Prescott. By the time we get to this second installment, a lot of history has passed between the Duncans and Blair. The focus of this novel is Rowena’s love and support of Blair, and Blair’s resistance of that love due to demons he faces from the war. Blair suffers from PTSD—what was then called “nostalgia” or “soldier’s heart”—and despite a budding relationship between Rowena and him, he tries to protect her by keeping his distance. Complications in his plan arise when he is unable to stay away and must rely on her more than ever.
This book attempts several things, all with great success. First, Brotherton wants to paint a picture of what the West was like to English nobility. She uses the setting as well as the language, clothing, and societal norms to convey the differences between worlds. Second, she wants to show what daily life is like for a veteran with PTSD, particularly in a time when it was often overlooked and untreated. Blair’s visions, dreams, and reactions give a vivid and heartbreaking portrayal of the horrors these men went through, what are veterans are still going through. Finally, Brotherton wants to give readers a poignant and powerful love story. And she does exactly that. The way Rowena is able to breakdown Blair’s defenses is as moving as Blair’s fear of hurting her and need for her.
Rowena’s Hellion captivates the audience from the first page and takes them on a journey through compassion, fear, disaster, and healing to the ultimate destination—a realistic portrayal of love. If you enjoy historical romances, you’ll love Velda Brotherton’s latest installment in her Victorian series: Rowena’s Hellion.
Lord Prescott rescues Rowena, Wilda and Tyra from an abusive convent upbringing in England and transports them to the American West to lives never before imagined. He chooses to marry Wilda only to have her turn on him and run off with WILDA’S OUTLAW, leaving Rowena and Tyra, the wild child, behind.
Rowena knew from the first that he would be the love of her life, her only love, but how to reach him? With patience, persistence and deep love the romance unwinds in a profusion of love, sexual and emotional, as she wins him over and together they fight his “soldier’s heart.”
The author’s understanding and portrayal of the effects of PTSD on the soldier and those nearest to him is perfect. A condition known through the ages under differing names, it has warped society’s response with shame, degradation and ostracism. In ROWENA’S HELLION, I hope a vast public will learn and generate acceptance of our war-torn returnees from the battlefields.
This - was simply - a wonderful story. I fell in love with the characters - particularly Rowena and Blair. These two deeply wounded yet loving people deserved to be together, after all that they went through in life. I appreciated their happily-ever-after, considering their troubled backgrounds.
I loved it!