THE RELUCTANT HERO
by Mary Kingsley

June 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7285-6
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Mass Market Paperback
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All that Charles Kirk wants is peace. Wounded in service to his country during the Peninsular War, he hopes to resume his life as a civilian managing one of his brother’s properties. As providence would have it, Charles’ plans are sidetracked. En route to the estate he comes upon an enchanting young woman being pursued by a pair of rough looking characters.



He rescues the charming Lady Serena Fairchild and endeavours to escort her safely home. As fate would have it, Charles soon realizes that letting Serena go will be harder than he thought. These two wary hearts discover a reluctant love but can they overcome the obstacles before it’s too late for them? Add to this some unusually persistent abductors who chase the couple across the English countryside. The question is overshadowed by her former abductors relentless pursuit – a pursuit that soon becomes quite deadly.



You are going to love this story. Charles Kirk is the dashing former soldier wounded in body and spirit who unexpectedly reopens his damaged heart when he believed he never could again. Serena is far more than the frail frightened young miss you would expect - which was a welcome characterization. My only problem with this book was the lack of detail surrounding Serena’s refusal to marry. The reader is given an idea of Serena’s misgiving but this comes across as being weak.


The story, in general, was a great adventure and the characters, good and bad, were for the most part believable. I am a sucker for a little bit of adventure in romance novels even regency historicals. This is a tea-and-biscuits type of read, my dears.


Enjoy!


Reviewed in July 2003 by Cynthia.

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