Date published: July 28, 2009
Genre: Historical Romance
Book format: Paperback
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
War hero Chase Eversea has been banished to London. His family in Sussex has had enough of his brooding and aimless life. Not that they simply sent him away. They have set a mission for him—to ascertain if their cousin would make a decent vicar for the local parish church. Chase arrives in London and before he can visit his cousin, Adam, he receives a mysterious summons. A little street urchin name Liam has been sent to deliver a message to Chase, one he finds he cannot ignore. At the museum he has been summoned to he encounters the one woman he never thought to see again, Rosalind March. Rosalind March the woman he never forgot and the one he could never have.
Rosalind has received not one but two threatening letters on the heels of her sister, Lucy being sent to Newgate. Worse than Newgate, Lucy has disappeared. Unable to learn anything about her missing sister on her own Rosalind turns to the one man she knows will be able to find her sister.
Despite Rosalind now being a widow, she and Chase continue to honour the memory of her deceased husband, at least for a time. When the love that flamed between them so many years ago rises again they fight to keep from falling under its spell. With time running out before Chase leaves for India to once again serve his country finding Lucy is their first priority. Consummating their love may never happen.
Between Julie Anne Long’s first two books in her Pennyroyal Green series, THE PERILS OF PLEASURE and LIKE NO OTHER LOVER there is tremendous growth in her skill at telling a wonderful love story in this, the third book, SINCE THE SURRENDER. Rosalind and Chase are complex and realistic. Their dilemma and unrequited love is palatable and well done. The secondary characters, which include the introduction of Adam and Liam are also three dimensional and completely believable. The thread leading to Adam’s future story is wonderfully entwined in the main story and not at all a gratuitous tease.
I chuckled at the puppets and Chase’s reactions to them. As well I totally understand the eeriness of the marionettes –they affect me very much like the wax figures in the movie HOUSE OF WAX with Vincent Price. In the story they affect Chase in that eerie but can’t look away moment.
Each book in this series is a stand alone and do not need to be read in order. I read WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE before books one and two and that is one book that reminds you of just what a romance is meant to be. SINCE THE SURRENDER is also that kind of book. This is one you don’t want to miss.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.