“Devlin St. Just and Emmaline Farnum are both running from their pasts- he from the life as a vicious solider, she from a young woman's mistake. Can they both overcome their stubbornness to see the love they have for each other before it is too late?”see full review » see other reviews »
“I have been reading and studying for my class on Women and Religion. This means I have been learning lots of new things, but my brain hasn't done this much work for a long time. After completing my midterm exam, I needed a break. Ms Burrowes provided me with a wonderful change of pace.
I have stated before that I read romance because I usually don't have to think too much, the stories I choose are lots of fun and a guaranteed happy ending is wonderful. I got everything I wanted in The Soldier.
If you read romance and have not yet read any of Burrowes romances, I suggest that you fix that as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed.”
“Excellent series. Not quite funny but pulls at your heartstrings.”smog wrote this review Monday, March 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Devlin St. Just and Emmaline Farnum are both running from their pasts- he from the life as a vicious solider, she from a young woman's mistake. Can they both overcome their stubbornness to see the love they have for each other before it is too late?”Krys B wrote this review Monday, December 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well written characters but the plot is always a bit too convoluted as usual”Seema S wrote this review Sunday, December 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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When it comes to Historical Romance books I read, I tend to go for the authors that I are my favorites and trying a new authors is something I need to talk my mind into. But after reading The Heir by Grace Burrows there is for me no turning back I would pick up a copy of any of her books in a heartbeat.
That is why even before reading her second book The Soldier I already knew I would not be disappointed and I was so right! In The Soldier we meet a man who is torn by the fact that his estate is falling apart from neglect but worse his life is in a downward spiral because of his nightmares stemming from war. In real life I myself deal with soldiers who suffer the same fate and often I have seen that the love of a good woman can guide the soldier home in more ways then one and help them overcome their situation.
In this book, Grace Burrowes takes you through the trials and tribulations of two people who need each other just as much as the next couple would, but even more so due to the secrets that each one of them hides from the world outside. That is why reading and seeing the relationship evolve between Devlin and Emmie is just so much fun and such a entertaining read!
In The Soldier you step into a world of passion, intrigue, secrets and pure undulated romance with a kick! True strength of love shines through and with Grace 's delicious, sensual style of writing in this powerful story it only means one thing to me, I want more and I cannot wait for the next work of art to fall from Grace!
“I can't decide if I liked this one better than "The Heir" or not. There were some great lines in this one but I think the ending took a little of the shine off for me. It wasn't bad, I just think the book just could have ended a couple of scenes earlier (snow storm). It was just enough stupidity already - I am ready for the happy ending. Also, the happy part of the ending was very abrupt. I hit next page expecting more - more follow up with Winnie at the very least - and was surprised there wasn't even a short epilogue.
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“A little slow getting started but a worthy entry in the series, which is very enjoyable overall.”Anne W wrote this review Tuesday, June 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Soldier is the 2nd book in a series by Grace Burrowes. I did read The Heir and felt it added some backstory although both can stand alone. My overall grade would be a solid "B."
I guessed Emmie's "big secret" early on but knowing that didn't bother me too much. I could understand why Emmie felt leaving Winnie with Rosecroft would give her a better life and that Emmie's own background would make for an uncoventional match for the earl in society's eyes. But, considering Devlin's own past, upbringing and the power and influence of his family, I just didn't see this as that big an obstacle. He loved Winnie, he loved her, and she brought him the peace that he longed for. She knew she was good for him in so many ways. She came off as a bit too much of a martyr at times.
IMHO the greatest strength of the book is the manner in which the male characters and relationships are portrayed. Strong male friendships are rare to see in almost any genre. There were some moments involving the male friendships that were so moving they brought tears to my eyes. They loved each other and were not afraid to let it show or to say it out loud. And when Devlin finally reads the letters from his real mother it was so poignant. And what a role reversal that when asked by Emmie what he really wants, it is him that wants the fairy tale. These interactions made the male characters so real and so human. I loved Devlin, Valentine, and Douglas. If I graded on this alone, my grade would be a solid "A."”
“This was not as good as The Heir; however, it was entertaining and the hero (Devlin St. Just) was a well-drawn character. Emmaline was not as defined to me, and some of her actions were inexplicable. Overall, a good book.”Kathy B wrote this review Sunday, June 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No