The opening scene of this book just pulled me in, and I stayed engaged through the entire book. I became attached not only to both main characters, but also to many of the secondary characters. Jamie Carie creates beautiful romantic scenes as well as tense page-turning moments. I understand there is a historical discrepancy in the book dealing with the statue of liberty and the time frame; however, I did not notice it while reading. I read about in a review after completing the novel. It is important to have accurate facts when writing a historical novel, but that being said, Jamie Carie is a talented author. I do feel like I had gained a deeper understanding of the horrors of the French Revolution. Also, I have heard that a couple of her other books are even better than this one, and I look forward to reading those in the future.
Although I preferred The Duchess and the Dragon and Snow Angel to this one, you can always expect quality from Jamie Carie. This one was an enjoyable read- but if you haven't read the previous two I mentioned, you are missing out!
I was enjoying reading "Love's First Light", until I reached page 263 where Stacie exclaims "Isn't it the Statue of Liberty? Like the one we gave America after they won their freedom from England?" Love's First Light is set in 1789. The sculptor who created the statue was only born in 1834, and the Statue of Liberty was delivered to America in 1885.This seems to me to be a major error in research, editing, and proofreading; and this glaring oversight ruined the book for me. I know it is a work of fiction, but I think readers deserve a deeper degree of accuracy, and research. Sadly, I am not sure if I will ever read another Jamie Carie novel.
From the first page Jamie Carie will sweep you back in time to a land removed from our own. Journey to the bloody landscape of Revolutionary France. Robespierre and his mania form a secondary character that smears across the pages of this rich romance.Christophe has lost his entire family to the blood-soaked French Revolution. When he flees to an ancient castle in southern France, he hides and conducts his scientific research in relative peace...until he stumbles upon Scarlett, a war widow who regularly visits her husband's grave in the early morning hours.It amazes me how Jamie can paint such vivid pictures of places I've never visited and a time that is foreign to me. What I knew about the French Revolution prior to this book were a few dates, names and how Thomas Jefferson and other founders thought we should support the revolution. While this book does an amazing job of capturing the time and feel of that war, the romance is never sacrificed. Instead, the attraction between Christophe and Scarlett is richer because of everything that strives to keep them apart. This is another great book from author Jamie Carie. She has solidified her spot as one of my favorite historical romance authors.
Love's First Light by Jamie Carie is a touching historical romance that takes place during the dark days of the French Revolution. Christophe St. Laurent watched his entire family be guillotined under the order of Robespierre before fleeing for his life into the French countryside of Carcassonne . He lives hidden in an abandoned castle, keeping to himself and working on his scientific experiments to forget about the past. Scarlett Bonham is a young pregnant widow living hand to mouth with her mother and sister Stacia. She lost her husband, Robespierre's nephew, to the Revolution before even really getting to know him, so the feelings she has upon meeting Christophe are entirely new to her. Their romance springs up quickly and purely, but when he discovers that her child is a relative of his sworn enemy, he abandons the chance of life for a taste of revenge. Carie does a wonderful job of portraying the paranoid claustrophobia of the French Revolution when no one can be sure who is friend and enemy, as well as the horror of countless lives brutally taken in the name of freedom. The story shines whenever Christophe and Scarlett are together. Their love for each other is almost ethereal and yet visceral, healing and passionate all at the same time. However, the subplot about Christophe's experiments came and went as the plot demanded without any consistency. It was completely forgotten for pages at a time. Some plot devices were a bit hard to believe, and the ending just a bit too neatly tied up. This romance is still worth the read for the powerful scenes between its hero and heroine, as well as for its portrayal of a dark time in history.