About the book: From the moment they met, Marjie's heart has belonged to handsome Captain Stanley Jonquil, younger brother of the Earl of Lampton. But six long months ago, when Stanley's sense of honor required that he do as he had sworn and return to the Continent to fight in defense of King and country, neither Stanley nor Marjie could have dreamed what the cost of his service would be.
It has been ages since Stanley last wrote, and Marjie and the Jonquil family are plagued by his unknown fate—until the day he unexpectedly reappears. Marjie's joy, however, is quickly shadowed by confusion—the aloof, battle-worn soldier before her is not the man he once was. In the wake of Stanley's blatant disinterest in renewing their acquaintance, Marjie's devastation turns to determination as she vows to help him find peace. But his scars run far deeper than anyone realizes. Despite his feelings for her, Stanley believes Marjie deserves a man whose hands are not stained with the violence of battlefields and whose mind and heart are not haunted by the horrors he has seen.
Honor requires Stanley to return once more to the life he has grown to despise, one he knows will destroy him in the end, even as his heart beckons him to stay with Marjie, the only woman he could ever love, and the promise, at last, of redemption.
My review: You really can't go wrong with any of Sarah Eden's books! I loved that this one brings us back to one of my very favorite families. The Jonquil brothers are all such fun characters, it's always fun to have them all show up in the books and see what's going on in their lives. The main focus of this one is Stanley Jonquil and the young lady who loves him, Marjie.
I love Marjie and her compassion. She is so concerned about everyone in her life. Especially her sister Sorrel, and that's partly because she lives with Sorrel and Phillip. Another of Marjie's concerns is Stanley. He's been gone to war for six long months with no word from him and Marjie is so worried about whether or not he's okay. All that changes when he stumbles home as the family is headed to a ball. I loved Marjie's tenderheartedness. She was so sad that she never got a letter from Stanley to wrap in ribbon, that must have been one of her love languages because she mentions it several times. Oops, she might have become just a bit real to me!
I liked that we see things through Stanley's eyes as well as Marjie's. Stanley is keeping some secrets from his family about his injuries that his family could actually help solve. I love that the reader knows what's wrong, and a bit of why Stanley acts as he does, but his family is clueless.
I liked Puck, Stanley's valet or batman as well. I liked that he was loyal to Stanley, but not above helping Marjie steal all of his gloves or tell her something about Stanley that she really needed to know.
My favorite scene in this one involves Stanley and 3 of his brothers. This scene made me smile to see these grown men acting like their little boy selves. I'm not going to tell you any more about it, so I don't spoil it for everyone, but it's so great!
I loved this book! Such a great love story, I loved everything about it!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase links: Amazon - Deseret Book
About the author: Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.
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