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5* Review: The Lost Love of a Soldier Jane Lark Marlow Intrigues #0.5

22550447Naïve and innocent, Lady Ellen Pembroke falls for a dashing young army officer. Captain Paul Harding has such an easy, enchanting smile and his blue eyes glow; vibrancy and warmth emanating from him. She is in love.

In turn, the Captain finds his attention captured by the beautiful young daughter of the Duke of Pembroke at a house party in the summer. Finding Ellen is like finding treasure on the battle field. His sanity clings to her – something beautiful to remind him that not all in the world is ugly.

Ellen is someone to fight for and someone to survive for when he is inevitably called to arms in the battle of Waterloo..

The Lost Love of a Soldier (Marlow Intrigues #0.5)My Review

 ‘The Lost Love of a Soldier’ is a challenging read. If you’ve read the poignant and beautifully written, ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ you will know the outcome of this love story but don’t let that put you off reliving Ellen’s earlier life. This is a must read with its engaging characters and sensitive use of historical detail.
Ellen and Paul fall in love despite the strict society rules that define their lives. Their love story is romantic and heartbreaking as they endure family discord and the brutality of war. Ellen at seventeen is endearingly naive. This makes what fate has in store for her especially poignant. Paul is battle worn, despite his youth and looks to Ellen for his salvation. He is a little selfish because he knows how tough ‘following the drum’ can be for a woman but his love is sincere as is his courage and it’s easy to see why Ellen loved him.
This story captures the romance of the Regency period but with a unique perspective that makes it memorable.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The Lost Love of a Soldier by Jane Lark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4* Review:Capturing the Earl’s Love Jane Lark Marlow Intrigues#4

22009508Rupert Stanforth, Earl of Morton, is exasperated by his sister’s choice of friend. Meredith Divine clings, using Rowena’s plain appearance as a foil for her auburn curls and fuller figure. He would break the friendship, but the more he complains, the more time the girls spend together. Ceasing his disagreement, he hopes the friendship will die, believing Meredith will take a wrong step soon…

Meredith clings to her only friend, Lady Rowena Stanforth, despite the disgusted looks thrown by Rowena’s proud, judgmental brother. Lord Morton cannot abide Meredith because of her low standing, but Meredith’s heart favours him . . . then in his single act of kindness, Meredith grasps an opportunity she cannot resist…

 

My Review

 Capturing the Earl's Love‘Capturing the Earl’s Love’ is full of forbidden attraction, oppression and prejudice. A romantic tale with an insightful glimpse beneath the glamour of polite Regency society.
An Earl cannot be attracted to a trade heiress. A daughter must obey her father, even if means a lifetime of unhappiness. These are the rules of Regency society which Rupert and Meredith dare to challenge. Will passion and infatuation be enough for them to find their happy ending?Realistically flawed characters and a fast paced plot make this an enjoyable quick read.

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Capturing the Earl’s Love by Jane Lark

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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