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Book Review-Since The Surrender

by | Dec 13, 2010 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

Book Review-Since The SurrenderSince the Surrender by Julie Anne Long
Published by Avon on July 28th 2009
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0061341614

A Man of Action . . .Fearless. Loyal. Brilliant. Ruthless. Bold words are always used to describe English war hero Captain Chase Eversea, but another word unfortunately plays a role in every Eversea's destiny: trouble. And trouble for Chase arrives in the form of a mysterious message summoning him to a London rendezvous . . . where he encounters the memory of his most wicked indiscretion in the flesh: Rosalind March—the only woman he could never forget.A Woman of Passion . . . Five years ago, the reckless, charming beauty craved the formidable Captain's attention. But now Rosalind is a coolly self-possessed woman, and desire is the last thing on her mind: her sister has mysteriously disappeared and she needs Chase's help to find her. But as their search through London's darkest corners re-ignites long-smoldering passion and memories of old battles, Chase and Rosalind are challenged to surrender: to the depths of a wicked desire, and to the possibility of love.

Captain Chase Eversea, returned from the war, is surprise when he is sent a missive (note) from a woman who needs his help. when he goes to the meeting place-he is surprise to find that the woman who needs him is none other than Rosalin March-the one woman he has never been able to forget. Roasalind has asked for Chase’s help in finding her missing sister. At first Chase doesn’t think it has merit, however upon further consideration he finds that there is definitely something missing out of this dilemma and goes about trying to find her sister, but all the while through their investigation, their desire for each other reignites into flaming passion….

The Hero (Chase Eversea-Captain)
Chase Eversea was injured during the war and his leg has never fully healed, and he is always in constant pain. Although once a gentleman, the war has changed Chase into a hardened man. Chase met Rosaline as his commanders wife and through a course of events, he ended up falling for her, despite who she belonged to, and it was obvious that she felt the same way. Now she is a widow, and asking for his help, and all his strong emotions for her flood him and he can’t resist her any longer…

The Heroine (Rosalind March)
Rosalind March married a colonel, for her families sake, not because she fell in love with him. However he treated her with respect and kindness, but during their marriage, she was attracted to someone under his command, and ever since has always felt guilt over it, even though she cares deeply for Chase and her previous husband. Now her husband has passed away, and her sister has gone missing, and suspects that something foul is afoot, but can’t pinpoint it, but never expected to fall in love all over again…with Chase Eversea….

My Thoughts 
Since The Surrender is the third installment in the Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Ann Long. This is the first time that I have read a book from this author, and I am so glad that I did. I had heard good things, so I decided to try her out, and the blurb sounds interesting so when I saw it in the library I couldn’t refuse to pick it up. At the beginning, the story caught my attention, but the consistency of vivid interest wasn’t all the way through, just on and off, but I enjoyed the plot of the story, and the intensity of the relationship between the characters, and of course a boy urchin, who just caught at my heart strings, and wished I could take him under my wing, a very charming story overall….definitely planning on reading more from this author!!! A Great Read!!

My Favorite Quote 
“What I’ve learned is that what I was made for was to love and protect. Specifically I was made to love and protect you”

About Julie Anne Long

Well, where should I start? I've lived in San Francisco for more than a decade, usually with at least one cat. I won the school spelling bee when I was in 7th grade; the word that clinched it was 'ukulele.' I originally set out to be a rock star when I grew up (I had a Bono fixation, but who didn't?), and I have the guitars and the questionable wardrobe stuffed in the back of my closet to prove it.

But writing was always my first love.

I was editor of my elementary school paper (believe it or not, Mrs. Little's fifth grade class at Glenmoor Elementary did have one); my high school paper (along with my best high school bud, Cindy Jorgenson); and my college paper, where our long-suffering typesetter finally forced me to learn how to typeset because my articles were usually late (and thus I probably have him to thank for all the desktop publishing jobs that ensued over the years).

Won a couple of random awards along the way: the Bank of America English Award in High School (which basically just amounted to a fancy plaque saying that I was really, really good at English); and an award for best Sports Feature article in a College Newspaper (and anyone who knows me well understands how deeply ironic that is). I began my academic career as a Journalism major; I switched to Creative Writing, which was a more comfortable fit for my freewheeling imagination and overdeveloped sense of whimsy. I dreamed of being a novelist.

But most of us, I think, tend to take for granted the things that come easily to us. I loved writing and all indications were that I was pretty good at it, but I, thank you very much, wanted to be a rock star. Which turned out to be ever-so-slightly harder to do than writing. A lot more equipment was involved, that's for sure. Heavy things, with knobs. It also involved late nights, fetid, graffiti-sprayed practice rooms, gorgeous flakey boys, bizarre gigs, in-fighting—what's not to love?

But my dream of being a published writer never faded. When the charm (ahem) of playing to four people in a tiny club at midnight on a Wednesday finally wore thin, however, I realized I could incorporate all the best things about being in a band — namely, drama, passion, and men with unruly hair — into novels, while at the same time indulging my love of history and research.

So I wrote The Runaway Duke, sent it to a literary agent (see the story here), who sold it to Warner Books a few months after that...which made 2003 one of the most extraordinary, head-spinning years I've ever had.

Why romance? Well, like most people, I read across many genres, but I've been an avid romance reader since I got in trouble for sneaking a Rosemary Rogers novel out of my mom's nightstand drawer (I think it was Sweet Savage Love). Rosemary Rogers, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Laurie McBain...I cut my romance teeth on those ladies. And in general, I take a visceral sort of pleasure in creating a hero and a heroine, putting them through their emotional paces, and watching their relationship develop on the page. And of course, there's much to be said for the happy ending. 🙂

And why Regency Historicals? Well, for starters, I think we can blame Jane Austen. Her inimitable wit, compassion and vision brought the Regency vividly to life for generations of readers. If Jane Austen had written romances about Incas, for instance, I think, we'd have racks and racks of Inca romances in bookstores all over the country, and Warner Forever would be the Inca Romance line.

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