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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Culper Ring
This bonus romantic novella is set in the intervening years between Ring of Secrets and Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna M. White. In 1789 General Isaac Fairchild travels across the Channel on a very special assignment. After surviving the American Revolution, he is now gathering information on life at King Louis XVI's court. But he must also locate a countess and her grown daughter and escort them back to England before revolution explodes in France. He knows danger is in the task set before him, but when he meets the beautiful Julienne, a new peril beckons him deeper into the intrigue of Versailles.
Kim SAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Happy Ending for FairchildJanuary 25, 2014Kim SAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was nice to see Fairchild end up with someone after he was such a nice guy in Ring of Secrets. This short story had well written action and was an enjoyable quick read.
Lori ZIowaAge: 25-34Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5August 21, 2013Lori ZIowaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleI was disappointed to find, after I had downloaded this e-book, it was not available for download to my e-reader. I have not read it yet because I am still unable to transfer it to my Nook.
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Action-packed but too shortJuly 16, 2013An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The novella sequel to her "Ring of Secrets," Roseanna M. White focuses on the unlucky-in-love British officer General Isaac Fairchild. For anyone who has read Baroness Emmuska Orczy's "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (and subsequent novels), I highly recommend this novella, which sets up and commences the French Revolution. Like the Scarlet Pimpernel himself, Fairchild knows that trouble is brewing between the citizens and aristocrats of France, and he is on a mission to whisk a woman and her daughter safely to England before revolution breaks out.
While in "Ring of Secrets" we glimpsed Fairchild's gentlemanly demeanor and sense of honor, in this novella we see why Fairchild is general material - he is wise, strong, unafraid to fight for right, and able to learn from his mistakes. Though he is an officer and will defend those in his protection with his life, his sorrow over war is very clear. I found him a man worthy of great respect.
The historical aspects of the novella are intriguing - we glimpse the corrupted morals of the French aristocracy - after all, Julienne is trapped in a betrothal with a cruel and powerful man whose own wife is not yet dead, and it is acceptable! - and the aristocrats' obstinate refusal to believe that anything could change their way of life, even a mere peasant rebellion.
My main complaint is that it is a novella and not a full length novel. Admittedly it is one of the best action-packed novellas I have read, and the romance fits the pace of the story, but I feel we miss out on more of the character development, particularly Julienne, since at least we are acquainted with Fairchild from "Secrets". For that, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. And I wish I could get it in print!
TootsLansing, MIAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Excellent plot. Pulls you right in.July 10, 2013TootsLansing, MIAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent plot. Pulls you right in from the first chapter, keeps you guessing on how the story will end.