STORY: The truth behind the hero Officer Jack Trestain may have been one of Wellington’s most valued code-breakers, but since Waterloo, he’s hung up his uniform. If only he could just as easily put aside the tortured memories he carries deep within; Perhaps enchanting French artist Celeste Marmion might be the distraction he so desperately craves?
Except Celeste harbors secrets of her own, and questions that she needs Jack’s help to solve! With Celeste’s every touch an exquisite temptation, how close can Jack get without revealing his darkest secret of all?
REVIEW: England – August 1815
Jack Trestain is a highly decorated an admired code-breaker who has just returned from fighting against Napoleon. He is living with his brother, Charlie, and family at their home, Trestain Manor. Charlie has inherited the home and title from their father and he and his wife have been working hard to re-do the home and the grounds. Jack is having a difficult time settling back home. Nightmares of the things he has seen and experienced during the war fill his nights leaving him exhausted and with a constant feeling of guilt.
Celeste Marmion is an artist raised in France and has been commissioned by Charlie Trestain to paint the gardens of Trestain Manor before its planned transformation. Celeste was sent to school at age 10 by her mother who was always indifferent to her. Her mother’s essential desertion has always hurt and troubled Celeste and now she is on a mission to find out more about her. She uses her talent of painting to make money to support herself.
As a guest at the manor, Celeste and Jack meet and are almost instantly attracted to one another. They each recognize the other as someone who is suffering from bad experiences in their pasts which only draws them closer together. When Celeste shares a letter with Jack she had received from her estranged mother, Jack quickly agrees to accompany her to France to work with the clues they have to solve the mystery of her mother’s past.
These characters are brilliantly written to reveal two wounded people looking to one another for solace. Celeste is hurting because she feels her mother never loved her and Jack feels a terrible guilt for people he may have harmed or was unable to help save during the war.
Once again, the author has created a novel that has obviously been researched in-depth to share with the reader not only a great story but the history of the war itself. I know readers will enjoy Jack and Celeste’s story and finish the novel with a feeling of satisfaction having read a story that will long remain with them.
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