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Surrender the Stars: The Raveneau Novels, Book 2 (Volume 2) Paperback – September 28, 2014
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Privateer Ryan Coleraine is a dark and dashing hero with a past he'd like to keep hidden. Circumstances conspire to reveal that past during the trip to England to help his adopted nation, the newly formed United States of America.
Schoolmistress Lindsey Raveneau is a serious & studious young woman. But her whole world turns on end when she takes a trip to England with her parents, Andre and Devon Raveneau of "Silver Storm", and the dangerously compelling Ryan Coleraine.
Little did anyone know that Lindsey was more like her adventurous parents! Causing Ryan to reevaluate his initial opinion of Lindsey. Plots and plans collide to create a wonderful story of intrigue and budding love.
Very well written with some unexpected twists!
Ryan & Lindsy's first meeting was anything but amicable. The sparks were flying from the onset of their first meeting.
Because of the Raveneau's need to spy on the English, Ryan needs to pose as Nathan, Lindsay's brother. This puts the pair together where they form a truce and friendship of sorts.
Upon arrival in London, enter the past of Ryan Coleraine-Hester. I would have much rather seen Hester as the villianess in this story, but she proved to be an asset to their cause. The only other thing that I disliked was that Ryan was rather wimpy around Hester.
The Raveneaus are extremely entertaining from parents to children. You will love this one, because Ryan & Lindsay are similar to Andre & Devon.
You will smile throughout this book. I know I did!
Cynthia Wright is a master storyteller who takes you, in Surrender the Stars, from Philadelphia to Regency London. What a treat! You will see the stars in this one! A fun read! Enjoy!!!
While America is still at war with the English (the War of 1812), Senator Lion Hampshire (from TOUCH THE SUN) tells privateer Andre Raveneau (from SILVER STORM) that he is needed for a special Presidential assignment in London to keep track of what the English are doing and to find someone leaking American secrets. Andre does not look forward to being a spy but he will rise to the occasion and take his wife, Devon, and his daughter Lindsay, a beautiful though bookish schoolteacher, to London. However, his son, Nathan, is in the West Indies, so Andre persuades his fiercest captain, a handsome Irishman named Ryan Coleraine, to go along--disguised as Andre's son. Sparks fly as Lindsay comes out of her shell to become more like the adventure-loving Raveneaus, and she and Ryan must deal with each other on board the ship and in England. Can you imagine being in love with a man who is supposed to be your brother?
As with others in the series, Wright tells a good tale, this one taking us from Philadelphia to London. She creates some wonderful characters and includes some historical figures. In what is clearly a well-researched novel, she does a fine job of showing us what life was like among the gentry in Regency London.
There were times in this story, however, when I felt what happened was a bit improbable: Lindsay's overreaction to Ryan's saving her from her own folly when she tried in vain to put out a ship fire was over the top as was her snippy attitude toward him--all this from the bookish, reserved younger sister. The British who are stealing American secrets (in London) are the bad guys? Seemed to me they were doing their job... Then, toward the end of the book, Lindsay's ability to fool Ryan with a pretty thin disguise more than once had to be improbable or he was not the man we though he was.
I would suggest starting with SILVER STORM (which was excellent) and consider reading some of the Beauvisage stories, too, so you get the whole cast of characters.
Should you want to read more, here are the books in the Raveneau Series:
SILVER STORM (1981)
SURRENDER THE STARS (1987)
SILVER SEA, originally BARBADOS (1995)
TEMPEST (to be released in 2012)
If you like reading a series in time order, as I do, here are the books in the intertwined Raveneau and Beauvisage series in chronological order:
1780 - SILVER STORM
1783 - CAROLINE
1789 - TOUCH THE SUN
1793 - SPRING FIRES
1814 - SURRENDER THE STARS
1814 - NATALYA
1818 - SILVER SEA (originally BARBADOS)
1903 - TEMPEST (to be released in 2012)
I liked the characters of both Lindsay and Ryan. Ryan was much like Andre, which makes sense, since he was managing one of his ships. Lindsay was nothing like her mother, at least in the beginning! It was fun to watch her figure out who she really was and evolve into a whole new person.
I recommend this book and any other by Cynthia Wright.