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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X .83 (inches)|
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.
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 wasnt sure if I would like this book. Luckily because of all the above reasons that I just stated, I not only enjoyed Loves 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 cant 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.
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.