Love's First Light    -     By: Jamie Carie
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Christophi, the Count of St. Laurent, has lost his entire family to the blood-soaked French Revolution and must flee to an ancient castle along the southern border of France to survive. But the medieval city of Carcassonne proves more than a hiding place. Here Christophi meets the beautiful widow Scarlett, a complex and lionhearted woman suddenly taken by the undercover aristocrat's passion for astronomy and its influence upon his faith. Although their acquaintance begins brightly enough, when the Count learns that Scarlett is related to the man who murdered his family, he turns from love and chooses revenge. Heaven only knows what it might take for Christophi to love again, to love his enemy, and to love unconditionally.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X .83 (inches)
ISBN: 0805448136
ISBN-13: 9780805448139
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New from Jamie Carie, today’s most awarded new Christian romance writer.

Christophé, the Count of St. Laurent, has lost his entire family to the blood-soaked French Revolution and must flee to an ancient castle along the southern border of France to survive. But the medieval city of Carcassonne proves more than a hiding place. Here Christophé meets the beautiful widow Scarlett, a complex and lionhearted woman suddenly taken by the undercover aristocrat’s passion for astronomy and its influence upon his faith. Although their acquaintance begins brightly enough, when the Count learns that Scarlett is related to the man who murdered his family, he turns from love and chooses revenge. Heaven only knows what it might take for Christophé to love again, to love his enemy, and to love unconditionally.

Author Bio

Jamie Carie is the author of Snow Angel, a ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year nominee, National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Indianapolis.

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I did enjoy this read, it was easy to get into, and I really wanted to keep reading it. There were some twists that I didn't expect, and that kept my interest. I recommend this to anyone wanting an interesting Christian romance read. Even if you aren't a reader of Christian fiction, you'll probably still like this book, as the Christian parts aren't over the top. Definitely glad I read this book. - BooksANDBlogs

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 Scarlett and Christophe are together. Their love for each other is almost ethereal and yet visceral, healing and passionate all at the same 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. - Christy's BookBlog

Will Christophe finally get his revenge or will Scarlet help him forgive his enemy? I really liked the gentleness of this story. You could feel the raw emotions that both Christophe St. Laurent and Scarlett were going through. They each were fighting a different battle where with the help of each other they could overcome them. To be honest I wasn’t sure if I would like this book. Luckily because of all the above reasons that I just stated, I not only enjoyed Love’s First Light but I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good love story with strong characters. Jamie Carie showed me a whole new light. I can’t wait to see what else this author comes up with next. - Cheryl's Book Nook

I love the setting and the plot of this book. The 18th century France, is a subject I have never read about before and it was fun to get to know some of the issues that people faced at that time. I worried that I would be overwhelmed reading a 'Christian' novel. I was pleasantly surprised that the religious mentions where not as abrupt and distracting as I thought they might be. Actually, the people of that time were much more religiously aware then the people of today, so it fit quite well. The only negative comments that I might add were that I wish some parts had been developed more, for instance when Christophe makes his decision it seemed so hasty. Otherwise, a solidly written book. If you enjoy historical romance this book is worth your time. - Reviewed by Trin F.

Library Journal

Having lost his entire family to the French Revolution, Christophe, the count of St. Laurent, escapes death by fleeing to the medieval city of Carcassone in southern France. There he meets Scarlett, a widow who helps him begin to heal until he discovers her relationship to his family's killer. Still reeling from the pain of war, Christophe cannot accept Scarlett. Will he be consumed by his need to seek vengeance, or will he learn to forgive the past and love again? VERDICT The award-winning Carie is a skilled author (Snow Angel) whose talent for rich historical detail and compelling plots make her latest inspirational romance worthwhile. For romance and historical fiction fans.

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  1. Megan
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 14, 2010
    Megan
    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.
  2. Bryana Wilson
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 8, 2010
    Bryana Wilson
    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!
  3. leona
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    January 14, 2010
    leona
    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.
  4. Cara Putman
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 29, 2009
    Cara Putman
    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.
  5. Christy Lockstein
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 21, 2009
    Christy Lockstein
    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.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Jamie Carie
Submitted: July 29, 2010

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I always wanted to do a story about a scientific genius. (Think "The Beautiful Mind" but without the schizophrenia). Christophe's family is destroyed by the guillotine, leaving him the sole survivor of the St. Laurent family. He escapes Paris and the evil Maximilien Robespierre to Carcassonne and an ancient, crumbling castle. Here he hides and clings to his sanity with experiments of light and color and complex mathematical equations. Despair and loneliness are overwhelming companions that he fights against with his scientific distractions and by clinging to his faith. He is living day by day with little hope or relief until he meets Scarlett, a pregnant woman who lives with her mother and sister in Carcassonne. I love how he clings to the Lord's prayer and his love for Scarlett. Of course, that love will have to be tested and his heart will have to be healed before they can ever come together. It was exciting to see them struggle to overcome what could have destroyed their relationship.

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