Source: Paperback Review Copy
Echo in the Wind by Regan Walker
Date Read: May 23rd 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
"Regan Walker sweeps you away to a time and place you'll NEVER want to leave!" ~ Danelle Harmon, NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
England and France 1784
Cast out by his noble father for marrying the woman he loved, Jean Donet took to the sea, becoming a smuggler, delivering French brandy and tea to the south coast of England. When his young wife died, he nearly lost his sanity. In time, he became a pirate and then a privateer, vowing to never again risk his heart.
As Donet’s wealth grew, so grew his fame as a daring ship’s captain, the terror of the English Channel in the American War. When his father and older brother die in a carriage accident in France, Jean becomes the comte de Saintonge, a title he never wanted.
Lady Joanna West cares little for London Society, which considers her its darling. Marriage in the ton is either dull or disastrous. She wants no part of it. To help the poor in Sussex, she joins in their smuggling. Now she is the master of the beach, risking her reputation and her life. One night off the coast of Bognor, Joanna encounters the menacing captain of a smuggling ship, never realizing he is the mysterious comte de Saintonge.
Can Donet resist the English vixen who entices him as no other woman? Will Lady Joanna risk all for an uncertain chance at love in the arms of the dashing Jean Donet?
Publisher: Regan Walker Publishing
Series: Donet Trilogy #2
Received for Review (From the Author)
I couldn’t put this book down! The hardest part of writing a review for a book I loved is saying enough to entice you to read it without spoiling the story. When you read one of Regan’s books, you not only get a wonderful story, but accurate historical knowledge of the time period.
Jean Donet, handsome widower, Comte, privateer, free trader, uncle, appeared in Ms. Walker’s previous book (To Tame the Wind). His daughter, Claire, is the heroine of that story. He is in England for his grandson’s christening and possibly some business (smuggling). He will not be there too long as his brother has died leaving a young daughter, Zoe, who Jean is now responsible for.
Lady Joanna West, 25, has no desire to wed and prefers her family home in Sussex to London. She and her younger brother, Freddie, help the poor tenants and villagers by avoiding the high tax on tea, brandy and other assorted goods from France. This means buying from ships like Donet’s.
Joanna meets Jean at a party at her country home and again in London. He recognizes her from their smuggling, even though she always dresses like a boy when she is buying goods from him. She returns to Sussex and while checking the smuggled goods on his ship she is shot by someone on a revenue cutter. His ship escapes the cutter and he takes her with him to France. During their time in France she recovers, he discovers his father and brother were murdered, they fall in love, marry and agree Zoe will live with them and not be sent to a convent school. And so much more that I’ll not say and spoil it. They do return to England to see her family but will reside in France.
I can easily recommend this wonderful book which can be read on its own. You do not need to read Claire’s story to understand this one. I’m looking forward to reading Zoe’s HEA in 2018. Regan – I certainly wouldn’t mind if her hero was Freddie.
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