"Grace Burrowes is terrific." —Julia Quinn, NYT bestselling author of the Bridgerton series
A New York Times and USA Today bestseller from Grace Burrowes's lush Regency series, featuring the beloved Windham family and a duke obsessed with getting his sons married…
A weary soldier home from war
A beautiful neighbor who could be his salvation
Even in the quiet countryside, Devlin St. Just, the oldest but illegitimate son of the Duke of Moreland, can find no peace. His idyllic estate is falling down from neglect and nightmares of war give him no rest. Then Devlin meets his new neighbor...
With her confident manner, the lovely Emmaline Farnum commands all of Devlin's attention, even when he realizes the previous owner's five-year-old daughter has become a fixture on his property. Calling on Emmaline to become the girl's governess, he soon learns that she can nurture him too, in ways no other woman ever has before…
The Windhams: The Duke's Obsession
The Heir (Book 1)
The Soldier (Book 2)
The Virtuoso (Book 3)
Praise for The Soldier:
"Captivating… Burrowes's straightforward, sensual love story is intelligent and tender."—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
"A powerful story that touches readers' hearts. Her powerful and complex characters will enthrall you."—RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars
"Burrowes continues her winning streak with a delicious, sensual historical romance capturing the spirit of the time."—Booklist
"A treat for fans of Regency romance at its best."—Night Owl Reviews
"A breathtaking love story that lingers in the mind and heart."—The Long and Short of It
Burrowes follows 2010's The Heir with the captivating, sweetly domestic Regency-era tale of a duke's illegitimate son and a countryside baker. Rewarded for his military service with a title and a long-neglected estate, Devlin St. Just's attempt to find peace is disrupted by the young bastard daughter of the estate's previous owner. Feeling responsible for her, Devlin invites little Winnie and her aunt, Emmaline Farnum, into his home. Emmie feels swept along but can't resist the opportunity to stay close to her niece. As Emmie and Devlin become confidantes, her friendship, insight, and ample charms help him heal from his emotional war wounds, but Emmie's precarious position in the community and shattering secrets drive her to flee even if it means leaving Winnie and her heart behind. Burrowes's straightforward, sensual love story is intelligent and tender, rising above the crowd with deft dialogue and delightful characters.
Not as strong as The Heir despite sharing some plot and characterization similarities. I did enjoy the continuation of the series as the family is very interesting. Devlin and Emmie are most certainly a very suitable match.
This book dragged on for so long. I loved the back story about Devlin but Emmaline was just plain annoying. She doesn't deserve to be with Devline. I couldn't even finish the book. The Heir was great but this didn't even come close.
A story about love that brings the reader an understanding that life is not perfect and we all make mistakes. Not a story about mucho men winning the love of someone through brutality. An enjoyable read. Look forward to the next in the series.