In this poignant novel of longing and salvation, a hopeful widow and a resilient war hero discover the promise of love’s magic and new beginnings.
After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws—until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.
Ben wants Samantha as much as she wants him, but he is cautious. What can a wounded soul offer any woman? Samantha is ready to go where fate takes her, to leave behind polite society and even propriety in her desire for this handsome, honorable soldier. But dare she offer her bruised heart as well as her body? The answers to both their questions may be found in an unlikely place: in each other’s arms.
Review: A wonderfully written story that tugs at your heart strings. Who couldn’t love a war hero; even if he happens to have lived during the Regency Era? In Benedict you get a hero from the Napoleonic War who was told that he would probably never walk again. But he finds that he cares wishing to return to the land of the living. He needs something to occupy his time but even though he is the rightful heir of Kensington he can’t just step in and take over. You see he has had his younger brother managing the estate; he would be or at least he know feels as if he is an intruder.
That is the first half of the tugging at the heart strings. Then we meet Samantha McKay who is a war widow. She spent a lot of her married life carrying for an injured/demanding husband which caused her to become a recluse. Now that her husband has died she has roughly six months left to morn before she can once again be free to find love. Or perhaps find love for the first time.
Sam and Ben are both compassionate because neither wants to cause problems. Ben wants to feel alive again, Sam wants some freedom. With each other they have that small amount of freedom. They have to watch so that they don’t cause a scandal for Ben or tarnish Sam’s reputation.
The strength that each character has helps both to heal within the story. This shows that the right person can help in the healing process. Ms. Balogh brings an honest, comfortable yet awkward romance; there really isn’t a romance in life or the books that runs a smooth course making the characters more rounded and believable. The depth to the characters, their lives, and the description of the countryside is so strong it was easy to transport yourself back to the time in which the story takes place. The conversations were believable as the deepest, darkest soul searching moments were brought to life bearing their souls to one another as if you were with your best friend. Ms. Balogh helps the story along with a touch of realism by the strong sense of choices that the characters face.
Overall the story was very warm and endearing as this soul searching story helps you to heal. So grab your comfy chair whether in the shade or the sun and settle in for a really nice read.