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- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: One More Chapter (April 3, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2014
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IR2J49G
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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About the Author
She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.
Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others' imaginations at last.
You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane's favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was 'Katherine' a story crafted from reality.
Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots.
'Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it's wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.'
Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.
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Love💘 from Afar Just Gets You Lost.
Katherine💃💋, a Squire's adopted daughter is neighbor and playmate to a large family with John🐺, an heir to a dukedom, the eldest. His father died, and John went to live with his grandfather for some years. Eventually, his mother remarried a Viscount, so all of his siblings are step siblings.
John's grandfather is the stern, unfeeling Duke of Pembroke, and although John hates and fears him, he has grown up just like him! Or is he?
Katherine💃💋💘 loves John🐺, the young man, but eventually he becomes the cold, calculating Duke his grandfather was, and John, the man, is pushed into the background. It's as if he is two people.
John🐺, the man, is afraid to admit he loves💘 Katherine💃💋. John🐺, the Duke, feels he must marry a daughter of a titled man, that Katherine💃💋 is beneath his station.
The Duke in him offers her a position as his mistress. Katherine💃💋💔, who loves💘 John🐺, not the Duke, refuses, and vows to never see him again. Her heart💔 can't take the endless torment!
There is also an underlying story of blackmail to John's grandfather that the blackmailer transfers on to John🐺 after his grandfather dies. John🐺, the Duke, is determined to put an end to it.
If you can get through one angsty scene after another, you will love💘 this very long story! This is the first book I have read by this author.
Story is well written with wonderful characters. Read it, you will love it.
AS children Katherine and her brother Phillip son and Daughter of a Squire were friends with John. She has loved John from afar for years.
Katherine was adopted but always knew she was the illegitimate daughter of a milk maid.
When Johns Grandfather dies and John assumes his role as Duke, he becomes s cold calculating man simular to his grandfather. He never knew why he was left with his Grandfather who was a cruel man or why his Mother never came for him. When she finally did she had remarried and shortly after began having a family with her new husband.
There is lots of angst on Johns part, feeling he could not show weakness and was in capable of love. He wanted Katherine but he was of course a Duke and could not marry "beneath" his station.
I enjoyed this book though there was a point I was so over John's insistence on hanging onto his issues.
Top international reviews
John, the new Duke of Pembroke we find originally in the first of this saga as a boy used by his mother's protector and trained by his mother's father. A puppet on both counts. This takes its toll on the adult John.
A moving account of the detrimental effects of a unloved childhood on the bigger child. How secrets are destructive and how falsehoods prevent true happiness.
Thank goodness for Katherine, who really owes nothing to anyone. Mistreated and overlooked, but still keeps giving- mostly to the young man who has held her heart for years.