I am not really a fan on Regency novels. However, this one proved me wrong. It was well written and very inspiring. As Madeline and Justain come to know one another, Madeline is able to keep her faith despite trying circumstances. After many losses and disappointments, Madeline finds herself married to a mystery man. Her is kind and sweet one moment and mean spirited the next. Through it all Madeline maintains her dignity and her faith. Great read in the Regency category. It has made me look for more of this style and especially by this author.
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Lady Madeline St.James, daughter of the Duke of Hampshire flees her home in Shropshire after being attacked by Kent, her step-mothers nephew. She is fleeing to her aunt, Lady Cecil Glaston in Cheshire. Only her trip does not go smoothly, in fact it is anything but smooth. One disaster after another befalls her and her abigail Mrs. Elsie Wilkins. First a broken wheel, a thief takes her guineas and her driver disappears. She chases after the thief and falls right in the path of a racing horse and wagon. Seeing it approach she sends up a quick prayer. Lord Devonshire, Justain Delveaux reacts quickly and hauls her to safety as the driver-less wagon rushes past them and crashes.
Since Madeline is now without transportation to her aunts' in Cheshire, Justain offers to take her and Mrs. Wilkins in his carriage. Madeline is not sure she can trust him, she has found in her young life that trusting others leads to heartache. But with her faithful companion along to protect her and her faith, it is the only choice she has.
Justain however has his own problems, the murder of his brother, his father's recent death and trying to reestablish his estates. He is searching for the person or persons who killed his brother and was to meet someone who could give him information. As he awaits his contacts signal he encounters Madeline and her problems. But what if she is his contact? He can't let her go until he finds out.
As they travel bandits ambush and attack the carriage. His trusted driver is shot and killed, the carriage overturns and Mrs. Wilkins is also killed. Madeline is crushed under the carriage and is injured. He manages to free her and takes her to a secluded place in an old miners cave to hide from the bandits who are looking for them. Here he finds she has been shot in the leg and he must remove the bullet to save her life.
After a few days of hiding they are rescued and taken to a nearby inn so Madeline can be attended to by a physician. Her aunt arrives and as the story unfolds she insists that Justain and Madeline marry in order to save her reputation. Madeline comes to care for Justain but doubts he would ever love her. Still she fights to win his love as well as his soul. Justain soon realizes that he loves her and wants to always be there to protect her, but is unsure of her feelings for her.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it. It is filled with love, danger, twisting plots that keep you guessing throughout the book and God's healing of their wounds.
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"Stop, thief" Madeline St. James grabbed the coarse sleeve of the man who stole her guineas. As she, continues to race after him. Madeline's boot heel gets caught in the in her dress, tripping her. An oncoming wagon is approaching. She is trying to get her boot free by tugging and yanking, but she could not free her boot. Lord Devonshire comes to her rescue, by pulling her out of harms way. I recommend you read this book to find out more about what happens to Madeline and Lord Devonshire. I received this book from www.bookfun.org to review.
Excellent!!!!! Madeline's Protector by Vanessa Riley was an exciting book to read. I could not put it down. It captured my attention from the beginning to the end. I literally could feel the emotions of each of the characters. One moment, I would be smiling, or being angry, and the next moment crying. Overall, It was an extraordinary book! Madeline's Protector was a joy to read. It is on my list of "to read again, and again."
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. --Isaiah 41:10
If all the young men of England leapt off a cliff, Madeline St. James wouldn't care. Then she'd have peace. Her nightmares of courtship would end, and she'd cozy up with a Psalm in her aunt's quiet sculpture garden.
Yet, a chance meeting and a bullet wound change everything, and Madeline must trust the Good Shepherd has led her to the altar to marry a dashing stranger, Lord Devonshire.
Death and pain are no strangers to Justain Delveaux, Lord Devonshire, and he vows his dutiful bride will be kept safe and in her place. Though this compromised marriage is in-name-only, his wife and her unwavering faith both intrigue and allure him. Perchance when he thwarts his brother's killer, Justain will tempt the unpredictable Madeline with the comfort of his arms.
But can Madeline and the stubborn earl forge a true bond before the next disaster strikes?
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Nineteenth Century (1800's) England, the Regency Era is the perfect setting for sweeping passion that combines the ravages of war, the throes of love, the appetites of nobility and turmoil in the church. Regency England is a rich landscape, possessing all the ingredients to nurture enduring stories of the transforming nature of God's love in imperfect vessels. Vanessa has been collecting Regency History Information for a decade and she's made it available to you. May you be enlightened and entertained.
Arrangements were made in haste, and my step-mother thought one attendant sufficient.
And your father, the duke, would allow you to be transported in this manner? I'm astounded, Lady Madeline.
She balled her fist beneath her book. My lord, I am the duke's daughter. Should I ask for proof of your peerage?
I never seek for anyone to prove themselves. I wait for their character to be revealed. Lord Devonshire shrugged. It seems odd to allow a cherished daughter to travel far from home with little regard.
--Madeline's Protector, 19
A scarlet cloth. Has she been deceived? Is she on a mission she knows nothing of? As the carriage approaches further to her destination, her wonderment is portrayed. Is she going to, or from?
Surrounded by highwaymen, their coach eases its comfort.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Lord Delveaux Devonshire has spent his life seeking to avenge his brother's death. Will he destroy the love that has come to him? From the depths of a pit, an abandoned mineshaft, to the open range of turbulence as the wrong perpetrator is sought, who is being targeted? The risk of opening self becomes wrath as unsuspecting conversations are overheard. What began as protection is an undertaking to override pride.
Moving slowly through the twists of the passageways, they passed her hall of bronze and marble figures. Madeline stopped and examined her favourite hewn and cast works of art. She'd picked up a chisel and hammer once to create a figure from marble, a pony. It wasn't bad with smooth lines for its mane. Alas, Father found out and forbade it, not wanting her to risk injury.
Do you need to rest, Lady Madeline? The wrinkled hand on her arm felt secure and strong. Meriwether was such a dear man.
No. Just wistful.
Someday, my lady, you'll know true joy, and not have to stare at what others have created from stone.
She smiled at the valet. Stone lasts.
Both have searched for love and acceptance. Walls of pain and hurt keep them apart, but seemingly not at the same time. As one reaches out, the other withdraws. What will become of their stilted hearts? Will they trust, or be driven apart?
This is an intriguing story. I liked the stance Justain Delveaux takes to preserve his vows. He is angered by his forced marriage and Maddie St. James is saddened upon learning of the condition of his inheritance. He feels guilty for receiving his title and she seeks to avoid fear of her prior life at Avington Manor. A marriage of convenience.
*** Thank you to Book Fun bookfun.org and author Vanessa Riley christianregency.com/blog/author/admin/ for the copy of her debut novel. No other compensation was received. This review is in my own words.***
Madeline's Protector was an exciting read, full of danger and many misunderstandings between the hero and heroine of the novel. Madeline is a believer, who finds herself in a marriage of convenience with Justain, a man who does not follow God.
Justain has real trust issues and during the story he flips back and forth between trusting and being suspicious of Madeline. He also holds a vendetta against the man who murdered his brother. These feelings of anger and mistrust lead to difficulties in the marriage.
Madeline has her own issues to deal with. She has had a great deal of hurt in her life and feels that she loses those she loves. With Justain changing back and forth between being kind toward her and antagonistic toward her, Madeline finds herself very confused most of the time.
Vanessa Riley has done a good job of writing an interesting story with complex characters. I received this book for free from the author through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.