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The Lady's Companion ★ The Lady's Companion PDF / Epub ✪ Author Carla Kelly – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A lady in distress finds an unlikely companion in this classic Signet Regency Romance from Carla Kelly Miss Susan Hampton never imagined she would have to make her own way in the world But when her re A lady in distress finds an unlikely companion in this classic Signet Regency Romance from Carla Kelly Miss Susan Hampton never imagined she would have to make her own way in the world But when her reckless father gambles away the family estate, and she becomes an unpaid servant of her aunt, she flees in search of a better life Taking the position of companion to a temperamental dowager, she finds herself in dangerously close contact with the dowager s handsome bailiff, David Wiggins, who is everything a man should The Lady's PDF or be except a gentleman Though she tells herself he is a thoroughly unsuitable suitor, his irresistible charms could make her forget she was ever a lady.

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  • 21 July 2019
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About the Author: Carla Kelly

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this nameAlthough Carla Kelly is well known among her readers as a writer of Regency romance, her main interest and first writing success is Western American fictionspecifically, writing about America s Indian Wars Although she had sold some of her work before, it was not until Carla began work in the National Park Service as a ranger historian at Fort Laramie National Historic Site did she get serious about her writing career Or as she would be the first The Lady's PDF or to admit, as serious as it gets Carla wrote a series of what she now refers to as the Fort Laramie stories, which are tales of the men, women and children of the Indian Wars era in Western history Two of her stories, A Season for Heroes and Kathleen Flaherty s Long Winter, earned her Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America She was the second woman to earn two Spurs from WWA which, as everyone knows, is all you need to ride a horse Her entire Indian Wars collection was published in as Here s to the Ladies Stories of the Frontier Army It remains her favorite work The mother of five children, Carla has always allowed her kids to earn their keep by appearing in her Regencies, most notably Marian s Christmas Wish, which is peopled by all kinds of relatives Grown now, the Kelly kids are scattered here and there across the US They continue to provide feedback, furnish fodder for stories and make frantic phone calls home during the holidays for recipes Carla Kelly is some cook Carla s husband, Martin, is Director of Theatre at Valley City State University, in Valley City, North Dakota Carla is currently overworked as a staff writer at the local daily newspaper She also writes a weekly, award winning column, Prairie Lite Carla only started writing Regencies because of her interest in the Napoleonic Wars, which figures in many of her Regency novels and short stories She specializes in writing about warfare at sea, and about the ordinary people of the British Isles who were, let s face it, farnumerous than lords and ladies Hobbies She likes to crochet afghans, and read British crime fiction and history, principally military history She s never happier than talking about the fur trade or Indian Wars with Park Service cronies Her most recent gig with the National Park Service was at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site on the Montana North Dakota border Here s another side to this somewhat prosaic woman She recently edited the fur trade journal of Swiss artist Rudolf F Kurz the portion , and is gratified now and then to be asked to speak on scholarly subjects She has also worked for the State Historical Society of North Dakota as a contract researcher This has taken her to glamorous drudgery in several national archives and military history repositories Gray archives boxes and old documents make her salivate Her mantra for writing comes from the subject of her thesis, Robert Utley, that dean of Indian Wars history He told her the secret to writing is to put your ass in the chair and keep it there until you re done He s right, of course Her three favorite fictional works have remained constant through the years, although their rankings tend to shift War and Peace, The Lawrenceville Stories, and A Town Like Alice Favorite historical works are One Vast Winter Count, On the Border with Mackenzie and Crossing the Line Favorite crime fiction authors are Michael Connelly, John Harvey and Peter Robinson And that s all she can think of that would interest anyone Carla Kelly is quite ordinary, except when she is sometimes prevailed upon to sing a scurrilous song about lumberjacks, or warble Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in Latin Then you m.



10 thoughts on “The Lady's Companion

  1. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Loved it 5 stars This is a digital re issue of a 1996 Signet Regency I like Carla Kelly for STORY as well as love story, and for including tidbits of history Plus, she writes well, alternating the light with the dark, employing imagery, vivid descriptions, humor, and flowing dialogue I have only a few minor gripes, noted at the end Not sure how to rate the steam factor, but there s kissing along with explicit caressing of specific hot spots before the love scenes fade to black.Miss Susa Loved it 5 stars This is a digital re issue of a 1996 Signet Regency I like Carla Kelly for STORY as well as love story, and for including tidbits of history Plus, she writes well, alternating the light with the dark, employing imagery, vivid descriptions, humor, and flowing dialogue I have only a few minor gripes, noted at the end Not sure how to rate the steam factor, but there s kissing along with explicit caressing of specific hot spots before the love scenes fade to black.Miss Susan Hampton, born into the gentry, is tired of porridge, genteel poverty, and papa s endless promises of a London season She lost her mother at age 14, and because Sir Rodney can t stop gambling, she lost her ancestral estate several years ago Now, as she turns 25, she loses her London home everything must go, to pay papa s gaming debts.But Susan petite, with dark eyes, curly dark hair, and dimples is no frail flower, no weeping willow When the slimy sales agent eyes her up and down, offering her a special deal to keep mama s portrait, she serenely replies, You may keep the paintings and the furniture and go to hell on the next mail coach But it s Susan who gets on the mail coach a week later, unwilling to become an unpaid, invisible servant to her miserable aunt, and reeling from papa s newest betrayal it s bad, but believable in the context of a gambling addiction.So Miss Susan sets off for the Cotswolds, to be companion to the aging but fiercely independent Lady Bushnell, a national treasure who rode at her husband s side through Spain, Belgium, and France during the Napoleonic Wars She arrives at Quilling Manor, cold, hungry, and exhausted, waking up to fresh snow Loved the vivid metaphor here She gazed out the window at a white world clenched tight in the fist of wintera white so intense she had to look awayThey might have been the only manor on the planet, so complete was the isolation.Kelly illustrates Susan s low energy at finding herself in a servant s position for the first time in her life The kitchen was at the back of the house, instead of below stairs, and unaccountably her spirits began to rise In my view, Kelly is fairly good at showing, not telling That first day at Quilling Manor, the acerbic Lady Bushnell treats Susan unkindly, threatening to send her back to London asap Lady B won t have anything to do with Susanunless David Wiggins, her bailiff, likes her Lady B totally trusts David, who rode with her through the wars, serving her husband for years, as sergeant at arms.Delicious David had the look of the dark folk beyond the Dee, Wye, and Severn Riversfor all that his name was so plainly English He s hot, with intense dark eyes, dark hair, and a lovely Welsh lilt in his voice Plus, he s built David is DEFINITELY attracted to Susan, and despite their differences in social station, Susan is attracted right back Soon, Susan and David are kissing, canoodling, etc She backed him up to the wall as he grinned and let her lead him aroundHe pulled her against him so firmly she knew she should be blushing Susan also forms a relationship with Lady B, and the two become friends This was lovely to watch A large part of the STORY revolves around Lady B remembering her experiences with the war, especially relating to her husband, son, and daughter all dead now, sadly Susan reads Lady Bs old war time letters aloud to her Kelly writes with light humor throughout, much of the wit involving Lady B For example, the dowager hates to do needlework, so Susan promises, I will never inflict crewel punishment on you David and Susan move rather quickly from friendship to flirting They engage in some secret risqu business on the mail coach, when traveling to London Eventually, there is a marriage, followed by lotsloving Wishing I had this Welshman in my bed Loved how the females of the house joke around with Susan about sex The day after they got married, David finally leaves the bed at noon to direct the plowing Lady B watches him through the window, musing, A busy man is our bailiff He plows all morning AND all afternoon Carla Kelly tends to write love scenes with a littleskin, and she s a littleearthy than some similar authors There were times when he came in search of her, giving Lady Bushnell such flimsy excuses that Susan could only roll her eyes and look everywhere but at her employer He was never gentle with her then, but she couldn t have cared less Her own fervor amazed her Central themes in this story are keeping promises and renewal after war David engineers a new strain of wheat from strong Yorkshire grain and seeds he picked at the battlefield in Belgium Explaining his Waterloo Wheat to Susan, David says, Every soldier has his way of dealing with battle this is mine The author employs imagery to show how David felt when he saw the foreign wheat fields flowing with blood At the end of that endless day, it didn t look like a field at all, but a cemetery where the ground had been turned over and all the corpses flung out on top The only gripes I have is that Susan engaged in too much internal reflection, and that she abandons her upbringing and breaches social conventions too quickly and easy, getting on a first name basis with David, kissing in public almost , etc Also by Carla Kelly The heroine in this book Susan is reminiscent of Grace, a lady by birth who takes hold of life when her world falls apart, becoming a baker s assistant in Marriage of Mercy another good historical, but I liked A Lady s CompanionI tend to like Carla Kelly s older Signet Regency Romances I also like some of her newer releases, especially Marrying the Royal Marine

  2. Mei Mei says:

    I m really loving this author And this book was so sweet A wonderful story and wonderful characters More than a hot love story between Susan and David this is a story of a young shetered woman who finally manages to detach herself from her family and class and to start living a life of her own.She discovers that there s a world outside the limitations of the Ton There re people who live their lives with different expectations and behaviours While before she saw them as less, she learns t I m really loving this author And this book was so sweet A wonderful story and wonderful characters More than a hot love story between Susan and David this is a story of a young shetered woman who finally manages to detach herself from her family and class and to start living a life of her own.She discovers that there s a world outside the limitations of the Ton There re people who live their lives with different expectations and behaviours While before she saw them as less, she learns that it is not so.There s also a beautiful story of the older lady and her family that made me cry at the end.Wonderful I m looking forward to readingbooks by this author

  3. Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves says:

    4.25 This is a remarkably sweet and charming story I wish I could write a better review but as I read it months ago, the book isn t as fresh to my mind I think Kathleen has written an amazing review.But yes, a truly working class H Wow Not a lawyer or a shipping magnate or a club owner but a bailiff That s brave and singular And so is he Absolutely delicious and dibs able The h is gently born and bred but due to her father s selfish and criminally irresponsible ways, ends up in an untenab 4.25 This is a remarkably sweet and charming story I wish I could write a better review but as I read it months ago, the book isn t as fresh to my mind I think Kathleen has written an amazing review.But yes, a truly working class H Wow Not a lawyer or a shipping magnate or a club owner but a bailiff That s brave and singular And so is he Absolutely delicious and dibs able The h is gently born and bred but due to her father s selfish and criminally irresponsible ways, ends up in an untenable position So rather than becoming an unpaid maid of her aunt s or worse, she accepts a position as companion to an old lady living in Cotswold view spoiler She s employed by the woman s ex daughter in law and when she arrives, she finds a frosty and independent old lady who s completely averse to the idea of a companion And so is coldly told to go back almost as soon as she arrives.The bailiff, initially boorish, comes to her aid and even offers to marry her within the day as he sees that she has few other options or none actually He s a sweet, patient beta and is perfect for her in so many ways But even as she admires and falls for him later, she s shown to have reservations about finally falling off the class ledge That is nicely and believably doneI have fallen in love with a bastard Welshman who was a poacher and a sneak thief and a sergeant and now a bailiff He is of a social class so far removed from my own that I could grow dizzy contemplating the chasm between usQuirkily, she calls him Bailiff rather than by his name throughout the book.There are lots of angsty moments and situations in the book.The now poor h who becomes a fair game to men.The way her home and family mementos are taken over by strangers.Her family s treatment of her and her unending patience that finally dries off That was a bravo momentFor my birthday, I would like someone, anyone, to rely onAnd how she hesitates and tears up on having to take the stairs to the servants entrance finally putting a stamp on her downfall The way her employer humiliates her and is cold to her every overture Even when she keeps her on, she s never offered tea by the lady when she has her own The H isn t as well, in all his years of employment and role as surrogate son The class divide can be very keenly felt in this bookI have never been so determined to drink tea, she told the housekeeper the next morning She made a face You would think I had a controlling interest in the East India Company The contrast between her two coach rides the lonely, daunting one out to Cotswold and the fun filled safe one back to London with the H tug at the heart too The secondary characters are exemplary be it Lady Bushnell, her indomitable and inimitable employer with a full blown story of her own The lady s family members both dead and alive Joel Steinman, the Jewish agency owner The cook and the maid, other workers, the inn owner arethan just that Even her selfish and thoughtless family is nicely etched The h H eventually marry and I adored their marital interactions and how the others tease them all the time Also adorable is the way all things sexual are talked about in an earthy and humorous way He came in search of her, giving Lady Bushnell such flimsy excuses that Susan could only roll her eyes and look everywhere but at her employer.and he was never gentle with her then She couldn t have cared less Her own fervor amazed her And the employer sA busy man is our bailiff He plows all morning and all afternoon But the story slows down towards the end It could have been wrapped up just a little bit sooner.Carla Kelly has to be the most eloquent writer in this genre with an effortless and understated style Only she could have served this bittersweet ness with the gentle humour intermingling effortlessly with the gut wrenching pathos And the witYou don t think any self respecting curate would permit a Welsh bass to live unmolested within parish boundaries, do youOn the H being compelled to sing for the choir Truly a unique and special romanceShut up, Suzie, he whispered, and she could hear the laughter in his voice Amazingly reassured by his unloverlike endearment, she slepthide spoiler

  4. Lady Wesley Lady Wesley says:

    Another five star read from Carla Kelly.Susan Hampton s father, Sir Rodney, is a gambler Indeed he s such a bad gambler that he s lost everything, including Susan s pearls inherited from her late mother After Susan and Sir Rodney moved in with his sister, Susan realizes that her future role will be as the unpaid, unappreciated servant to her haughty aunt Determined to control that future herself, she impulsively gets a job as a companion to the widowed Lady Bushnell and takes herself off to t Another five star read from Carla Kelly.Susan Hampton s father, Sir Rodney, is a gambler Indeed he s such a bad gambler that he s lost everything, including Susan s pearls inherited from her late mother After Susan and Sir Rodney moved in with his sister, Susan realizes that her future role will be as the unpaid, unappreciated servant to her haughty aunt Determined to control that future herself, she impulsively gets a job as a companion to the widowed Lady Bushnell and takes herself off to that lady s Cotswald estate She forms a close friendship with Lady Bushnell s bailiff, David Wiggins, a Welshman who had served the late General Bushnell in the Napoleonic Wars Lady Bushnell had followed the drum with her husband through the wars, and David came to work for her after the general died at Waterloo Susan finds herself increasingly attracted to David, but the chasm between their places in society may be too broad to be overcome The main part of the book relates the growing trust and affection among Susan, David, and indeed Lady Bushnell.What I LikedSusan Carla Kelley s heroines are never delicate flowers, and even though Susan is a gently bred lady she has great courage, a sense of humor, and a stubborn streak Lady Bushnell What a marvelous woman She has led a life of adventure, and she s determined to maintain her independence to the end She has no desire for a companion there already have been several who she ran off Susan, however, manages to make herself useful to the lady, andimportant, to quickly win the confidence of the bailiff who has a great deal of influence over Lady Bushnell The secondary characters The story is enriched by Kelley s portrait of Lady Bushnell s household, as well as Susan s horrible family And Kelley doesn t sugar coat things the family remains horrible up to the end And then there s the Jewish employment agent, who first met David at Waterloo His story is a minor piece of the plot, but it s beautifully done.David Wiggins He s a bastard, raised in the workhouse, a poacher, and a thief The Army with an assist from Lady Bushnell was his salvation, and now he works devotedly to develop a new strain of wheat using seeds he brought back from Waterloo Society does not consider him a gentleman, but in reality he is muchof a gentleman than Susan s father.What I Didn t Like I have absolutely no criticisms The only minor thing that aggravated me was the author s habit of referring to David as the bailiff When this term was used in Susan s ruminations, I found it off putting No big deal, obviously.My number one favorite Carla Kelly book is still Reforming Lord Ragsdale, but The Lady s Companion is every bit as good If you like authentic historical romances, do try Carla Kelly

  5. Linda Linda says:

    It is hard for Carla Kelly not to write a good historical romance Her characters are believable, there is just the right amount of angst and tension, and her stories contain bits of humor The hero is never perfect but, oh, what a guy Simply put, her men are the marrying kind.THE LADY S COMPANION has a young noblewomen, Susan Hampton, in dire straits Her father is a compulsive gambler and childlike in many ways He eventually gambles away every last possession in their household Rather than It is hard for Carla Kelly not to write a good historical romance Her characters are believable, there is just the right amount of angst and tension, and her stories contain bits of humor The hero is never perfect but, oh, what a guy Simply put, her men are the marrying kind.THE LADY S COMPANION has a young noblewomen, Susan Hampton, in dire straits Her father is a compulsive gambler and childlike in many ways He eventually gambles away every last possession in their household Rather than become less than she already is, Susan seeks employment Now, if you know anything about Regency times, the nobility doesn t work Period Or get involved with the working class It is beneath them and not accepted by the ton But Susan finds a job as a companion to an elderly woman Unfortunately, the lady wants nothing except to be left alone She has a small household staff including a devoted bailiff a Welshman with an English name, David Wiggins This core group of people is enough But Susan is a patient woman and plans to win her over.I can t really do justice by describing this story Ms Kelly writes with such anguish including wonderful tender moments that make you feel like you could be part of the story. The only reason I did not give the romance five stars is quite a bit of what Susan feels, she keeps in her thoughts And, OMG, the scene of David and Susan meeting in the wheat field When a guy says what he said to Susanthat is a guy who is a keeper This character driven romance is perceptive and emotionally satisfying I could see this as a polished movie made decades ago in technicolor Set aside a quiet afternoon because you won t want to be interrupted once you start the book

  6. kris kris says:

    Susan Hampton s father gambles away everything, leaving Susan at the mercy of the rest of her shitty family So she decides to get a job and ends up lady s companion to a former Colonel s wife Also working for the lady is a sexy Welshman named David Wiggins whose backstory is plum full of tragedy and woe I AM VERY UNHAPPY.1 I have expounded upon my dislike of Kelly s heroes in the past the Manly Men who are secretly Jesus and therefore will Save the Heroines from their Evil Slatternly Selv Susan Hampton s father gambles away everything, leaving Susan at the mercy of the rest of her shitty family So she decides to get a job and ends up lady s companion to a former Colonel s wife Also working for the lady is a sexy Welshman named David Wiggins whose backstory is plum full of tragedy and woe I AM VERY UNHAPPY.1 I have expounded upon my dislike of Kelly s heroes in the past the Manly Men who are secretly Jesus and therefore will Save the Heroines from their Evil Slatternly Selves The heroines must learn to forgive those who trespass against them, while the heroes are perfect as they are and if they are questioned, they are still Ultimately Right and how dare you question their methods you sloppy hussy It s so gross It s so condescendingly asinine and gross and rage inducing and frustrating For example, Susan has issues with her gambling addicted father I would, too Except then David tells her she must forgive the man because forgiveness is good for the soul Meanwhile, David is keeping big secrets about the true actions of a lot of people OK So when Susan tells him he should tell the truth because truth is good for the soul, AND Lady Bushnell wants the truth about her son, David refuses Because this is what he does, Susan He survived Waterloo so you can just shove your tiny lady sensibilities where the sun don t shine WHAAAAAAT THE FUUUUUUUUUUUCK Then, later, he goes on to confess PART of the truth after making Susan lie for him but only because it s his decision He never apologizes to Susan for making her lie for him and because the entire story is told from her POV, it s made clear that she won t question him because He is Right In All Things 2 OMG THE MISOGYNISTIC SHIT ABOUT WOMEN A LITERAL QUOTE Jesusa didn t speak any English, or not much, and I have discovered that women are mostly the same in any language I learned pretty early that a bland tone in Spanish let me get away with any amount of reproof OH, RIGHT WOMEN ARE MOSTLY ALL THE SAME JUST BE BLAND AND YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING WE ARE CLEARLY NOT WORTH ACTUALLY CONVERSATION OR EXPLANATION JUST BLANDNESS AND IGNORANCE THIS FUCKBOY THO There I have the advantage of knowing something about women, Suzie I just mumbled something around my oatmeal and kept eating That usually satisfies women, I ve discovered Some what verificationthan real answers TELL ME MORE ABOUT WHAT SATISFIES WOMEN YOU DUMPSTER FIRE 3 ANOTHER THING The inequality in Life Worthiness read my Important Caps and WEEP Kelly s heroes have Lived Life and Experienced Many Important Things, making them the final say in EVERYTHING And it always makes the heroine feel less, or worthless, or ashamed of the shit that she survived because it s simple, or easy compared to the Ultimate Suffering of Hero Jesus So David was at War, which means he saw a lot of death and got flogged that one time and killed some people and lied to cover up for some other people And he throws this knapsack of Life Experiences around like some kind of trump card, as if he s the Ultimate Martyr in this Battle of Backgrounds He spends CHAPTERS going on about it without asking about Suzie s experience, or when he does know something of Suzie s background lecturing her how she should feel about them MY ANEURYSM IS GROWING I SHALL NAME IT LI L WIGGINS And I by no means want to discount the experiences of veterans or survivors of warfare What I take umbrage with is comparison element that because David is a veteran, Susan s experiences are null and void That because she has not suffered as soldiers have, she has not suffered at all David puts zero care into Susan s experiences, belittling them LITERALLY up until HE gets a letter from her father demanding money Like, he thinks she just needs to get over herself and forgive the man for GAMBLING AWAY EVERYTHING and then showing zero remorse But then once David gets sucked into the drama it s suddenly REAL LIFE OKAY Now the man is a menace BUT NOT WHEN HE WAS STEALING SUSAN S MOTHER S PEARLS OKAY, SURE.JUST BECAUSE HER TRIALS ARE A DIFFERENT SHAPE DOESN T MAKE THEM LESS VALID 4 The characterization of Susan as Lady and David as lowly Bailiff was so poorly done Susan tells herself literally every chapter that she s safe from the bailiff because he s only a lowly bailiff not a gentleperson like her Except then, usually a paragraph or two later, she reminds herself that she s fallen and no longer a gentlewoman PICK A GODDAMNED LANE WTF And she discovers that she s fallen in love with David and she admonishes herself because clearly their positions in society did not protect her from feelings.That s like thinking that cling wrap will protect you from syphilis TRUE STORY IT WON T

  7. Caz Caz says:

    The words that immediately spring to mind when writing about this book are charming , warm and honest.The story opens on the twenty fifth birthday of Susan Hampton, only daughter of inveterate gambler Sir Rodney Hampton He has lost almost everything of value that they own, and Kelly very skilfully draws a picture of the Hamptons impoverished circumstances Susan s relationship with her father at the outset reminded me somewhat of that of Amy Dorrit and her father loving but by no means b The words that immediately spring to mind when writing about this book are charming , warm and honest.The story opens on the twenty fifth birthday of Susan Hampton, only daughter of inveterate gambler Sir Rodney Hampton He has lost almost everything of value that they own, and Kelly very skilfully draws a picture of the Hamptons impoverished circumstances Susan s relationship with her father at the outset reminded me somewhat of that of Amy Dorrit and her father loving but by no means blind to his faults yet she is finding it increasingly hard to contain her exasperation with his persistent, misplaced optimism that his next hand of cards or turn of the roulette wheel will restore their fortunes.When he loses their home, Sir Rodney and Susan are forced to turn to her Aunt Louisa for help She takes them in, but it is quickly clear to Susan that if she does not act, she will become littlethan an unpaid companion and drudge to her aunt.Despite having no money, Sir Rodney is bent on maintaining appearances and is therefore horrified when Susan announces she will seek employment By a stroke of luck, she finds her way to Joel Steinman s employment agency He immediately takes her to see Lady Bushnell, a widow about to remarry and who is looking for a companion for her mother in law Susan is engaged, although with the knowledge that Lady Bushnell the elder does not want a companion and has quickly turned off all those who have gone before her.It s not hard to guess how things for out for Susan but the real delight of the book is seeing the way the characters interact and how their relationships develop Susan is a delightfully refreshing heroine straightforward and honest with a wry sense of humour, and no tendency towards missishness when Lady B or others make what in tonnish circles, may have been regarded as a risqu remark While the estate s baliff, David Wiggins, is sceptical about Susan s suitability for the post of companion, the way she refuses to be intimidated by the lady s initial coldness and the way she stands up to him and gives back as good as she gets draws his admiration David has a chequered past, but his devotion to Lady Bushnell is clear and he begins to help Susan to find ways to overcome the lady s reluctance to have anything to do with her He is not your usual romantic hero he s a soldier turned farmer, has no family and has to work and work hard for his living Kelly paints an accurate picture of the seasonal nature of farm life and pulls no punches about how hard it is David works all the hours under the sun and then some and is clearly well liked and respected He may not be a gentleman, but he is a gentle man unfailingly honest for the most part , forthright and kind and it s not long before Susan finds herself falling for him.Their relationship is a delight and I especially liked Susan s growing awareness of her own sexuality and the nature of desire for a man Perhaps it s something that comes from life on and around a farming community, where the cycle of birth, life, death is ever present but there was an earthiness about the attitude to sex in the book that was a real breath of fresh air Jokes abound about plowing and Susan decides that the last thing she needs to tell her sheep farmer baliff is that the smell of lanolin makes her feel randy That said, the actual sex scenes are pretty tame by today s standards, but it s clear that both partners are enthusiastic and delighted with each other.This is a story about friendship and love found in the most unlikely places and about honour and rebirth Through Lady Bushnell s letters and some of David s recounting, Carla Kelly gives the reader a set of snapshots of army life around the time of Waterloo how it was hard and messy and brutal and not at all glorious David has devised his own, eminently practical yet quite beautiful way of dealing with the horrors he experienced, yet he insists on keeping one, last secret from Lady B, because he can t bear to break her heart.There is so much to enjoy in this story Susan and David are perfect for each other, despite the social gap between them and the scenes which show the reaction of Susan s father and aunt to the news that she is to marry so far beneath her are gut wrenching , and their love and care of Lady B is truly touching A really beautiful book highly recommended

  8. Laura (Kyahgirl) Laura (Kyahgirl) says:

    5 5 5 stars A To me this is historical romance at its finest and a perfect example of why I love this author In the beginning when she was describing the life of the family of a gambling addict I could feel the hopelessness and despair in the air It was that vivid As the story progressed, the characters along the way became equally as vivid One of the things I admire about this author is her ability to create believable characters and to make the historical setting come to life She also p 5 5 5 stars A To me this is historical romance at its finest and a perfect example of why I love this author In the beginning when she was describing the life of the family of a gambling addict I could feel the hopelessness and despair in the air It was that vivid As the story progressed, the characters along the way became equally as vivid One of the things I admire about this author is her ability to create believable characters and to make the historical setting come to life She also portrays the different classes in society in a way that allows a person from this century to get an inkling of how great the gulf was between the aristocracy and the working classes This story not only had a lovely romance but it also told the story of the people who loved the soldiers and followed the drum throughout the numerous battlefields of Europe Highly recommended

  9. Nefise Nefise says:

    It definetly deserve a proper review so I ll write it soon Though, I should say this, it was wonderful story with magnificent writing and story development It took me other worlds and made me thinking about important stuffs.

  10. Dina Dina says:

    Traditional Regency at its best Loved it

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