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A Touch of Velvet Paperback – June 3, 2012
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About the Author
Regina Jeffers, an English teacher for thirty-nine years, considers herself a Jane Austen enthusiast. She is the author of 13 novels, including Darcy’s Passions, Darcy’s Temptation, Vampire Darcy's Desire, The Phantom of Pemberley, Captain Wentworth's Persuasion, Christmas at Pemberley, The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy, Honor and Hope, 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, as well as a Smithsonian presenter, Jeffers often serves as a media literacy consultant. She resides outside of Charlotte, NC, where she spends time teaching her new grandson the joys of being a child.
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The character history on all these amazing men and women kept me reading into the night to finish the books. Each of these men joined the covert English military group, the Realm, to escape serious issues in their own lives. I can see why Regina developed such strong, determined women for these men. Nothing less would do. Each book focuses on how one of our "Realm brothers" is forced to deal with his demons and the joys of the victory of doing so.
Regina brings us an indepth look at Regency England's social structure with her stories by weaving in the good, bad and ugly from all levels of society. Women and men are caught in circumstances beyond their control, but their internal strength brings them through these issues to find true happiness at the end. The rescue of Velvet is heart stopping. Life is never easy, but the rewards for the victors is worth whatever it takes to get there. The angst and love scenes are for mature audiences, but well written.
Now on to book 3 about Yardley and Chashmere. Love this series. Thanks Regina for taking us on this journey. What a research assignment this must have been.
I don't like reviews that tell the story of the book in depth. If you like A Touch of Scandal you will really enjoy this one. Remember that the first two books are about the same family and there is some overlap of events and issues. But focus on the changes in the main characters, Brantley and Velvet. That is what this book is all about and it's key to the foundation of the rest of the series. Laying a foundation in a book, or series, is always the most difficult part.
THrough working through his mind what he wanted and finds out what his sister suffered at the hands of his father and the guilt that it left upon his heart. He does find himself and works to establish himself as Duke and does marry the love of his life!
As the story continues, the reader gets to know most of the characters and their traits and faults.
A wonderful addition to the Realm series!
A Touch of Velvet does not live up to the quality of the others. More than half of the book is essentially a retelling of the first book, which I found very irritating. It doesn't help that Velvet is rather vapid and spoiled - I find her difficult to relate to and cannot quite understand what Bran Fowler sees in her.
However: the other books are great, and I would recommend other readers to focus on them instead and to not judge the rest of this wonderful series by this instalment.
Do I keep reading with The Touch of Cashemere and the Touch of Satin, or stop? And now there is some 4th one coming out? A touch of Gold--help, Jeffers fans, I'm so confused!