Synopsis and Details:
Lady Mary Mowbrah, daughter of a duke, fell in love with a man beneath her station. When he leaves for war, determined to earn her hand as a hero, she promises to wait for him, never dreaming the man who returns will be different from the man who left.
Colonel Duncan Starrett returns from war with honors, accolades, and a debilitating injury. As much as he still loves Lady Mary, he fears a future between them is now impossible.
This is the love story of Mary and Duncan as they forge a future from the shadows of the past.
Series: The Enchantresses #4 | Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance | Release Date: February 14, 2020 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 516 | ISBN: 978-1732834286 | ASIN: B082Z98M8J | Format: ARC | Source: Author
Review with Rating:
If you are looking for an all-encompassing romance that will captivate your heart then The Colonel and the Enchantress is the book for you. What I love most about a romance from Author Paullett Golden is that the stories are thorough! Mary and Duncan fell in love as teens and Duncan, feeling unworthy of Mary, went to war to prove himself worthy. What he found when on the battlefield was that he was a man who loved Mary and a man made for the military life. It was not until Duncan encountered an unfortunate set of circumstances that he would return home, a broken man.
Mary was absolutely besotted with Duncan, her love and commitment to him kept her faithful throughout his absence. Though she did wait on her love, she did not set her own interests aside. I loved that about Mary. She did not pass time idly waiting for her man to come back to her. When Duncan did return to her life, the entire situation was very complicated, but once again she stood by what she thought was the right thing to do and persevered. There were times where I felt she should have stood her ground with Duncan but I admired her strength through adversity because life with Duncan was not carefree.
I can’t say that I was initially wooed by Duncan. I never doubted his feelings for Mary but his priorities were all wrong, in my mind. I loved his family and how they gathered around him to bolster him when he was in need. Given the injury that he had incurred, I admired how he battled his way back once he decided that he wanted more than his predicament offered. So, he had many great qualities but he also had a lot to learn in the listening to others and putting what matters first department.
This story, like real life, had its good times and bad. Love is not all about the ups, it is also about holding fast during the down times and that is what made The Colonel and the Enchantress a wonderful love story. There was romance but there was also pain and anguish with characters who were flawed but ultimately committed to the love they shared. Such a swoon worthy story! The Colonel and the Enchantress is a love story for the ages and I am looking forward to the next book in The Enchantresses series!
*Thank you to Author Paullett Golden for this eARC of The Colonel and the Enchantress*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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Excerpt from The Colonel and the Enchantress:
Colonel Starrett shivered. More men had died from exposure than battle, a harsher winter they had not seen. With white clouds for breath, they prepared to defend the frozen waters of the Lower Rhine. The horse pawed the iced earth, ready. He stroked Caesar’s neck, his hand trembling.
The enemy lined the opposite bank, muskets aimed, bayonets fixed.
Ignoring the smell of fear in the air, Duncan signaled his regiment with his sabre.
Time slowed. Seconds stretched to infinity between spur and charge. Duncan’s attention funneled. He knew only the hoofbeats of his horse, the song of bullets, and his steady breath.
The cavalry hoofed alongside their field commander, an impenetrable wall of horse muscle and blades.
Convinced the Holy Spirit was on their side, the enemy marched across the frozen water.
Steel clanged and men cried as the dragoons broke the line at the river bank.
A moment of victory before it all went wrong.
Another line crossed the river, muskets aimed, bayonets fixed. Another line behind them. And another. His regiment, decimated by the cold, chattered their teeth along the river’s edge as they watched the endless onslaught of Frenchmen.
Retreat! The cry echoed through the ranks, the survivors running or fighting their way back to safety.
Duncan, one hand wielding his sabre, the other holstering his Elliot pattern pistol, nudged Caesar to about-face. Without further encouragement, the horse turned and retreated, the whole of the allied troops doing likewise.
His one thought—get the men to safety.
A slap to his lower back broke his focus. He looked to either side, expecting to see one of his men. Leaning forward to quicken the pace away from the river, he felt a tightening pressure along his spine, warming as it twisted, a fire poker sinking into his flesh then tugging.
The scorch spread, hot and wet.
As he straightened, slowing his mount, he felt winded, the air knocked out of his lungs. He panicked, struggling to breathe.
Before him, arm outstretched, hovered an ethereal Mary. His Mary. His lady love. Even as he reached out to her, his head swam in a dizzying vortex. Their fingers touched as he slumped against Caesar’s neck.
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About the Author:
Celebrated for her complex characters, realistic conflicts, and sensual love scenes, Paullett Golden puts a spin on historical romance. Her novels, set primarily in Georgian and Regency England with some dabbling in Ireland, Scotland, and France, challenge the norm by involving characters who are loved for their flaws, imperfections, and idiosyncrasies. Her stories show love overcoming adversity. Whatever our self-doubts, love will out.