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The Soldier (Windham Book 2) by [Burrowes, Grace]
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Burrowes continues her winning streak with a delicious, sensual historical romance capturing the spirit of the time.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal. The Heir was also named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was named a Publishers Weekly Best Spring Romance of 2011, and Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish was named Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 by RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. All of her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1788 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XOZ9EG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Soldier by Grace Burrowes
Historical Romance - June 1st, 2011
5 stars

Poignant, moving and emotional I found myself teary eyed and in love with this tender story! The Soldier is a quiet but emotionally charged Regency romance about two lost souls who find shelter and love in each other arms.

Devlin is a soldier with gentle heart and a solemn demeanor who was thrown in to the Napoleonic War. He returns as hero but the war has scarred him. He jumps at storms, has fits of rage and indulges in the bottle to get himself to sleep. Now he has been bestowed an earldom for his heroics. When he moves to his new residence, he soon adopts the lovely waif, Winnie who is the illegitimate daughter of the prior heir to the estate. But with Winnie comes Miss Emmaline Farnum. Emmie is Winnie's aunt whose scandalous family's history has made her an outcast in the small village. However she refuses to leave her niece, Winnie until she has seen her settled. Devlin loves the sprit and warmth Emmie exudes and asks her to be the new governess for Winnie. But soon these two lost souls find comfort with each other that flames into passion. Sadly, Emmie does not feel she is good enough for Devlin, nor does she deserve happiness. Can Devlin persuade her otherwise?

This was a lovely romance about two very deserving main characters. It reminded me of Elizabeth Hoyt's books. Each has suffered in their own way. I really enjoy how the author slowly shows how they grow to lean on each other and find peace in the other person's company and thoughtfulness. There is a real feeling of belonging/coming home between the two of them. I always felt throughout the story that they had to be together.
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As always, a little OCD book reading order speech. Trust me, you can easily read this one without having read book 1 in the series. But if you want to do it right then yes read book 1 first, or read this one and then book 1.

Now on to the book. Devlin St. Just is the illegitimate son of a Duke and now by something he did (I will not tell you what) he has a new estate and a title to go with it. He is a soldier and he is still plagued by the war, battle wounds are hard to get over. Still what was there not to like about him, he was kind and that is the best quality in a man. The heroine Emmaline is a baker who lives near the estate. She has secrets and all she wants is to protect Winnie who is now Delin's responsibility. Since I guessed Emmaline's secret at once I had time to contemplate over her choices and I grew to understand her. I liked her because I knew what urged her on. Of course I wanted her to stop running and just live but I knew it was hard. But she deserved love.

This book is about Devlin taking on new responsibilities, how he becomes very fond of his young charge and how he falls in love. What I like about this book and book 1 is that when the man realizes that he is in love he will do anything. It is the woman who is troubled and not ready to be loved, or feels like she deserves to be loved. But the men are strong and do not care about status or power. Only love matters.

Worth mentioning are some horrible townspeople with their noses in the air, Devlin's halfbrother Valentine (book 3) and the Vicar who is courting Emmi. And I liked the Vicar, I hope he gets to live a bit and fall in love. I do hope he gets a book of his own too.


A lovely book about how love truly conquers all.


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I confess to not being a fan of Burrowes first hit, THE HEIR. It was too long, had way too much lemonade and marzipan, and an exasperating heroine with a Secret that turned out to be so anti-climactic that it left me asking "Is that all there is? What's the problem anyway, lady? Just marry the guy and be done with it."

I have now read THE SOLDIER. It is way too long, has too many baked goods, and an exasperating heroine with another mountain-out-of-a-molehill Secret which causes her to behave like an idiot. And we have an added new annoyance: a 6-year-old kid named Winnie. Now, I like kids. I added some to the world's population and they in turn produced some I now enjoy as a grandmother. But this 6-year-old is unnatural and I could not warm up to her, although everyone in the story seemed to think the world needed to revolve around her.

In addition, Burrowes' menfolk are unnatural. So in touch with their feelings it's incredible, so able to channel their loving, affectionate, emotional feminine side, while at the same time so hunky, sexy, to-die-for. There's a lot of warm fuzziness in this story, with brotherly male bonding, adult-child bonding, male-female bonding, so much warm fuzziness and sweetness that I felt myself in danger of a yeast infection or at the very least a sugar-induced migraine attack.

And there's that big Puzzle to me: Heroine Emmie and her dealings with young Winnie. She's been taking care of the child for quite some time but can't get across basic table manners and personal hygiene? Not to mention the puzzle of her willingness to just up and desert said child.

Hero ex-soldier St. Just is the best thing in the book, but even he doesn't live up to the hopes I had for him when reading the conclusion to THE HEIR.
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