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A Touch of Grace Paperback – July 17, 2012
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About the Author
Regina Jeffers, a public classroom teacher for thirty-nine years, considers herself a Jane Austen enthusiast. She is the author of several Austen-inspired novels, including Darcy’s Passions, Darcy’s Temptation, Vampire Darcy’s Desire, Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion, The Phantom of Pemberley, Christmas at Pemberley, The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy, Honor and Hope, and the upcoming The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy. She also writes Regency romances: The Scandal of Lady Eleanor, A Touch of Velvet, A Touch of Cashémere, A Touch of Grace, and The First Wives’ Club. A Time Warner Star Teacher and Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, Jeffers often serves as a consultant in language arts and media literacy. Currently living outside Charlotte, North Carolina, she spends her time with her writing, gardening, and her adorable grandson. www.rjeffers.com http://reginajeffers.wordpress.com http://austenauthors.net Twitter – @reginajeffers Facebook – Regina Jeffers
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The young men who have been involved in covert operations for the English government (the Realm) are returning home to pick up the peaces of their broken lives that sent them to serve in the Realm in the first place. These young men are all from families of the first tier of English society and have serious responsibilities when they arrive on home soil. However, their service to the Realm has not solved the emotional scars while it made them into fighting machines and a "band of brothers". They need to marry to produce an heir for the continuation of their heritage, but each one hopes to find love that they see in the life of their "brother" Captain James Kerrington, Viscount Worthing.
This book is about Gabriel Louis Crowden, the Marquis of Godown and a governess, Grace Nelson, the sister of Baron Geoffrey Nelson. Grace has gone into service to escape her horrid brother, Geoffrey, and hopes her sacrifice will eventually help her younger sister Mercy. Grace is in service as the governess to the children of Samuel Aldridge, Viscount Averette, when the rescue of Cashemere and Satine Aldridge turns this Scottish household upside down. Grace help her mistress flee to relatives and she boards a mail coach for her home in England. She wants to see her sister Mercy and find another place of employment closer to home. Gabriel Crowden was one of the members of the Realm that brought about the rescue of the Aldridge sisters and as he travels back home an unknown asailant almost ends his life. Gabriel rides to the next town and as he slips off his horse at the inn he encounters Grace Nelson. He does not remember her from the dinner at the palace in London where Eleanor Fowler was rescued ( book 1) but he sees compassion and resolve in her eyes.. Grace remembers Gabriel and being the sensible woman she is, she agrees to help him. Gabriel informs the innkeeper that Grace is his marchioness and he has come to take her home. Grace saves his life over the next eight days and falls deeply in love with this amazing man while he falls deeply in love with his savior. Grace saves him from an another attack at the inn and draws him a picture of his assailant. However, Grace knows that she must leave. A lowly governess has no future in the live of a titled gentleman. But in her effort to flee, Gabriel believes she is involved in the actions against him. She sends word to his family of his location as she is abusively removed from the inn my her brother. Her brother is involved in all kinds of evil affairs that further convince Gabriel that she is connected to the people trying to kill him. Before he can confront her to find out the truth she moves into the realm of service again. This cat and mouse game continues and the two lonely, hurt people feel even deeper loss as they are convinced they will never be together with the love of their lives.
The story takes turns to the right and left as these two very strong personalities are continually thrown across each other path only to be separated again. There is an amazing rescue of Gabriel's family from opium dealers and the Persian agent of Warlord Mir who is searching for a massive emerald he believes was stolen by a member of the Realm.
As always, this book is filled with emotional highs and deep lows, but know that Regina always bring us back to a happy ending that we can't see for most of the book. This book could be read as a stand alone since she discusses the Realm's actions at the beginning and also gives us some deeper insight into the lives of these amazing men. I strongly encourage readers to start with book 1. These books have kept me reading long into the night. Novellas are the right choice for this story. It contains so much depth that a single book would have been massive.
Ms Jeffers combines detailed historical knowledge -as evidenced by her casual insertion of time markers such as clothes, customs and clothes - with an engaging cast of characters. Each and every one of the gentlemen who once fought together as a unit in The Realm (a precursor to MI6, one gathers) are people who grab at your heart. Upright, honourable and daring, these men risk everything for the sake of their countries and their loved ones, and it is with crossed fingers that I read of their adventures - and those of their ladies.
A romance would not be a romance without complications separating the earnest admirer and his intended. Repeatedly in this series impediments arise, repeatedly I am left holding my breath as I struggle with the temptation to peek at the end. I must admit to having done so on a number of occasions, but this has in no way detracted from my reading experience, because Ms Jeffers does not deliver the same story twice - the obstacles are very varied and at times quite unsurmountable.
Ms Jeffers writes in multiple POV's allowing us insight into both the gentlemen's and their ladies' heads. I am particularly impressed by Ms Jeffers male POV's, all of them distinct, all of them loveable in their own way - an adjective which I fear would have the gentlemen in question shuddering. As to the ladies, a number of them stick out and I have developed a permanent fondness for the Nelson sisters and Isolde Neville as well as Eleanor Fowler. But the Aldrige sisters... well. I leave it up to future readers to form their own opinion in the matter.
Ms Jeffers writes a fast story. Her prose and dialogue never lose pace. I stumble across a number of minor editing issues, at times there's a word missing or a comma, but it is all forgiven by the fact that I am so totally immersed in the story itself.
While more than happy to know there will be an eight book in the series, I am already feeling somewhat bereaved: what will I do without the gentlemen of The Realm to keep me company?
Marriage comes along and then abandonment. However, Grace is always there to aid her beloved!
All is well that ends well.
I won't go into great detail but I do love how the men and women interact. When Grace was removed from his home, I felt bad as if it were happening to me. Ms. Jeffers writes with such passion that the reader gets right into the story.
I am at present reading, "A Touch of Mercy" and really enjoying it!
Thank you for a wonderful series.