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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!
If you love historical romances that truly embrace the people, places, and customs of the time, Cynthia Wright's delightfully detailed novels will be a welcome read. As with all of her others, it is obvious that SURRENDER THE STARS was extensively and carefully researched. There is nothing worse to a true lover of period novels than an author using modern slang or erroneous historical references. You won't find any of those in Wright's novels. Each book is like stepping into a time machine and traveling to another lifetime. In the case of this one, readers are transported to America in the spring of 1814.
With their war with France coming to an end, England still is battling a young, feisty America. Anxious for an advantage, someone is whispering American secrets to the British Navy. President Madison and new senator Lion Hampshire (the hero from SPRING FIRES) ask Captain Raveneau and his family to return to their other home in London to attempt to search out and stop the spy. No one but the daring French-born Raveneau and his popular wife would be able to both slip through the British blockades and be welcomed without suspicion into London society. They also have the advantage of being able to use the excuse of visiting their eldest daughter, Mouette, who is married to an English peer, to explain their journey during a time of war. Understanding the seriousness of the situation, the aging Raveneaus, now parents of three grown, headstrong children, agree to do whatever is needed to help their country.
Unfortunately, their youngest daughter Lindsay, a bookish schoolteacher approaching spinsterhood, has no desire to leave her comfortable life in Pettipauge, Connecticut. The whirl of London society does not appeal to her in the least. Although a beautiful girl, the image of her mother, Lindsay is more comfortable with the worlds found inside the covers of a book--not mixing with living, breathing people in real society.
Adding to Lindsay's discomfort is the inclusion of her father's protégé, Ryan Coleraine, in their plans. Since her brother Nathan is sailing in the West Indies, Lindsay's father asked Captain Colerain to masquerade as his son. President Madison was insistent that a young man acting as Nathan be included, in order to gain trust of men likely to spill information over London gaming tables. The problem with Ryan Coleraine, however, is that Lindsay detests him. He is coarse, crude, rude......and tall, lean, and devilishly handsome, the near image of her father 30 years ago.
Out of love of country and respect for his mentor, Captain Raveneau, Ryan Coleraine reluctantly agrees to the charade. If only he wouldn't have to put up with Ravenueau's shrew of a daughter. She is reckless, disobedient, infuriating....and lovely beyond words. The thought of being on a ship sailing to London in her company is unbearable, in more ways than one. And how will they ever coexist under the same roof?
Will the stars align to bring the two so often at odds together, or is it their destiny to be apart once the mission comes to an end? Will they continue to fight, or will they Surrender to the Stars?
Fans of the other Raveneau/Beausivage novels will love watching a now silver-haired Andre and Devon attempt to chaperone these two young lovers that and their quickly escalating relationship, reminiscent of their own tumultuous one 30 years before. If only Ryan and Lindsay would remember that they are SUPPOSED to be acting like brother and sister their job would be so much easier...
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!!!