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    A Wonderful Story

    An enduring story of survival at it's basic level, one through war and one through abuse and violence. Mary Jo Putney has written a story of trying to come back to life and live again with companionship that has no choice but to turn into more once these two wounded souls come together. Simon Duval, is resigning his commission and seeks out his cousin's widow, Suzanne Duval. To me Simon was mainly all that was good. Honorable, a well respected leader and he had a kind heart. But he he had also suffered from the war and had seen so much death including a woman he loved. He just wanted to get on with life. Suzanne had suffered years of cruelty and poverty but had been trying to maintain as a seamstress in London. She had met Simon years ago when she had married his much older cousin. They had become acquainted all those years ago. Both felt they would never feel desire or love, so Simon asks her to marry him in a moment that even suprises himself but feels they can have companionship and nothing else. Sigh. This is a special story of love building when there seemed there was never any hope and the journey they took. Adventure, intrigue and a love that can hopefully blossom and endure! I highly recommend!
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    Standalone, happily ever after

    This is Suzanne and Simon Duval’s story, Book 4 in the Rogues Redeemed series, a standalone, no cheating, happily ever after, historical romance with some heat. The romance between Suzanne and Simon felt contrived, mechanical, with no chemistry. The plot was slow and plodding until we arrived at Waterloo, then there was some action and interest. Even though this is not one of my favorite Mary Jo Putney novels, it was well written and I will still continue reading her books. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest opinion.
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    marvelous novel

    This story was very exciting. Suzanne's cousin comes to visit her at her boarding house. He is delighted to find her alive. He had heard she was dead. Her circumstances were not great but she made do by selling piecework for seamstresses. While they were talking, he asked her to marry him. But she was afraid because she had been kidnapped and sold into a harem of a not very nice sultan. She was used and abused by him but she had managed to escape and enjoyed her freedom greatly. Even if she was poor. Dear Simon Duval may or may not be the new Comte de Chambron. After all the violence and death during the war, he had no interest in seduction. He also spoke of Lucas, they grew up together. He was in the Royal Navy and his ship had been sunk. Lucas was very important to him. This novel has so many twists, I have no idea how the author kept track of it all and still write an excellent book but she did. It was so well written and moved smoothly. The characters were great and very realistic. I found this hard to put down and read until the wee hours of the morning. Great Novel. I received this from Net Galley and voluntarily reviewed it. Love it.
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    Sweet, action pact and heartfelt romance

    A beautiful, wounded young woman ravaged by war, a husband lacking in every way and held captive in a Harem finds herself free and without a cent to her name, forced to sew and mend to make ends meet. To her utter suprise the cousin of her deceased husband finds her and makes her an offer she is finding very hard to refuse. Though there are many stipulations! She is utterly lacking in passion and desire, Simon too finds himself completely lacking in that respect and a marriage of convenience and friendship is struck. But feelings have a way of creeping up on you when you least expect it. Compassion and understanding lead to deep respect and feelings of contentment. With another war on the horizon, spies are again needed as their search for a missing relative turns into espionage and the prospect of loosing the only peson she has ever truly loved. Sweet, action pact and heartfelt beyond measure, these two souls find peace and love when they thought it was never to be theirs.
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    Adventurous Waterloo

    I loved the the fast paced, well developed story filled with adventure as the unlikely romance progresses. Excellent work.
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