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The Sergeant's Lady by [Fraser, Susanna]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (August 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U89SIE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By P. Nevitt on September 10, 2010
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I haven't read a Regency Romance in many years, but this is quite different from what I recall. Those novels never took place in an army encampment.

Anna Arrington is an officer's wife and the niece of an Earl. Her marriage is a troubled one, as her ignorant husband makes an incorrect assumption about her on their wedding night, and he will neither be dissuaded from his misconception nor will he forgive her. Adding to their troubles is the fact that she cannot seem to conceive. And of course, he blames her. In an vain effort to help their marriage, she goes with him when he goes off to battle with Wellington's army in Spain.

The novel starts when Anna defies her husband to help a camp follower named Juana give birth to a child. Juana's lover happens to be best friends with Will Atkins, a popular sergeant with the Rifles. Anna and Will find themselves working together to save the child, earning both of them Juana's everlasting gratitude and establishing an unlikely friendship between the officer's wife and the commonborn sergeant.

I liked both Will and Anna. Ms. Fraser did a masterful job especially when portraying a scene from Will's point-of-view. We easily feel like we are behind his eyes. She even uses a crude term that would immediately make this an R rated review if I mentioned it. However, I cannot imagine an innkeeper's son referring to his ... maleness as anything other than his c**k. So it worked perfectly. There were sex scenes, but I wouldn't classify them as very hot.

If I had any critique, it's that some of Anna's problems were rather quickly solved. Which meant, in order to keep the plot moving, we needed no fewer than three villains.
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I found this vaguely depressing. If you don't mind uncomfortable settings (war) and circumstances (widowhood, capture & pursuit by the enemy) and relationships that seem destined to go nowhere (regrettable class barriers), then you might enjoy this. It started off nicely, but got steadily gloomier. At about 70%, I gave it up altogether - while it might have had a satisfying ending, by that point I was too discouraged to care.

Other reviewers have commented on the similarities to Carla Kelly, but I was disappointed to find the wartime setting was the only thing the novels shared. I absolutely loved Carla Kelly's Marrying the Captain, Royal Marine and Surgeon series. They were gritty portrayals of war as secondary to the romance - yet the romances were heart-warming, uplifting and somehow full of hope. I don't mind angst and tension, but I must feel hopeful. I read for pleasure and this book just struck me as too gloomy. The hero and heroine seemed too willing to accept that they had no future together. Their relationship always focused on imminent separation, so they didn't fully enjoy the present.

Just wasn't the book for me, I'm sorry to say. I'm sorry because I would have loved to have found another author who can offer such heartwarming stories as Kelly. The many excellent reviews of this book led me to expect a very different read, and I do hope if you buy this book you will have the experience others have had, and not what I found.
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It used to be fairly common for Regency novels to deal with the wars and the soldiers on the streets. Somewhere over the last ten or twenty years those fell out of favor. You might have a returned soldier or a few dozen spies, but novels about soldiers or their wives largely ceased to exist. In The Sergeant's Lady Susanna Fraser brings those novels back to life. With a style reminiscent of Joan Wolf's early Regencies, Fraser sets her characters in the Spanish countryside for a look at a different aspect of Regency life. Anna is the sort of heiress you wouldn't expect to find following her husband's regiment around. With a net worth somewhere upwards of 6 million dollars she should be a prize to her husband. Sadly for Anna, her husband holds a flaw common to first husbands in the Regency. He's just not that into her.

Will, a Sergeant with a net worth somewhere upwards of quite a bit less, is very into Anna. Unfortunately (and with welcome realism) Will is aware that he is unlikely to catch a woman of Anna's rank. Doing so could be a disaster for them both, and certainly the end of his career. Wartime being what it is, events conspire differently and soon Will and Anna find themselves unable to stay apart. The relationship between them is sweet and natural, with Anna's family's wealth being recent enough for her to relate to the 'common' people but large enough to prove a complete deterrent to Will. While the events that unfold around them occasionally go a bit over the top (Really, guy in well? That's your big plan?) overall the realism of social conflict is a welcome change from the status oblivious characters of Greater Regencyland.

I was torn between three and four stars for The Sergeant's Lady.
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Yes, there were three. One too many but I lived. lol

I was skeptical when I began this novel.....couldn't imagine how the author could make this work. Anna, of the nobility? Will, a common soldier from a family of innkeepers? No way, I thought, ready to toss my Kindle at a moment's notice. But Ms. Fraser pulled it off; made it believable and didn't do any backflips in the process. I was amazed, impressed and liked the story a lot.

Anna's husband was the first villain and he was an abusive monster who attempted to ride her down as she was in the midst of helping a woman giving birth while they were on the march. Will, a sergeant with the Rifles, saved her at the risk of a flogging. This began the tentative friendship between Anna and Will. The husband soon got himself killed whereupon Anna joined a convoy to Lisbon to embark on her journey home. It was a convoy of wounded, guarded by? The Rifles. And Will was there.

They were set upon by a mass of French soldiers. Some were killed, the rest captured, including Anna. She was in great peril from the commander of the French force but Will rescued her and their hazardous flight back to British lines began. As they skirted dangers, overcame others, they grew closer and their romance evolved. They fought it...they were both honorable people and they knew their love was doomed. If this wasn't an HR with the obligatory HEA, I would have certainly agreed.

There was much Sturm und Drang ahead for our Hero and heroine and I congratulate the author for not taking easy ways out.....Anna's wealth or a commission for Will. He had too much honor for the wealth to be used and he would have been a fish out of water in the officer corps. No, Ms. Fraser handled the entire matter very adroitly...
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