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Kate and the Soldier

by Barbara Bell

     

Kate Millbank has lived with her relations at Westerly since she was a young orphan, and now the playmate of her youth has come home. too.††But David has returned from the Napoleonic wars scarred physically and mentally, to a less than fulsome welcome.†He was always the outsider, the illegitimate son of the Earl of Falworth and barely tolerated by the Countess and legitimate offspring.†Now the Earl lies very sick, Kate has grown into a beautiful young woman, and David is not the idealistic man he used to be.†Something is about to happen that will change everything forever.

Ms Bellís tale of a cuckoo in the nest returning to stir things up is an engaging one; the surprises can be guessed fairly easily but the whole thing rattles along like a well sprung coach.†It has a small cast of characters, but we get to know most of them pretty well and there is a good sense of place with the historic Mendips and Bath being ably drawn.†It is easy to like and identify with the protagonists, and for all those people not keen on mystery with their romance I can honestly say that this is a tale free of spies, murders or the supernatural.†Instead, settle back and enjoy a good straight historical romance.

The Book

Robert Hale
31 March 2009
Hardback
070908434X / 9780709084341
Historical Romance / 1815 Bath and environs
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2009
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