Broken Wing: A Novel

Broken Wing: A Novel

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by Judith James
     
 

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Winner of IPPY gold, a Historical Novels Review Editor's Choice and an All About Romance Desert Island Keeper, Judith James' breathtaking Broken Wing is the poignant story of a complex man, bitterly wounded by life, who finds self-worth through love.

Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, Gabriel St.Croix has never known family, friendship, or affection.

Overview

Winner of IPPY gold, a Historical Novels Review Editor's Choice and an All About Romance Desert Island Keeper, Judith James' breathtaking Broken Wing is the poignant story of a complex man, bitterly wounded by life, who finds self-worth through love.

Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, Gabriel St.Croix has never known family, friendship, or affection. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy façade, his only bond is with the young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality that surrounds them. But all that is about to change. The boy's family has found him and they are coming to take him home. Sarah Munroe blames herself for her brother's disappearance. When he's located safe and unharmed despite where he's been living, she vows to aid the man who rescued him in any way she can. She helps Gabriel face his demons and teaches him to trust in friendship and in love - but when the past catches up with him, he must face it on his own.

As a mercenary, pirate, and professional gambler, Gabriel travels to London, France, and the Barbary Coast in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again and all he knows of love - but on the way he will discover that the most dangerous journey and the greatest gamble of all - lies within the darkest regions of his own heart.

Warning

Gabriel's journey from a man who knows nothing of friendship or affection to a man who is able to love and accept love is a hero's journey, though not, perhaps, one typical of most romances. I've tried to give an honest portrayal of the problems and issues many who survive cruelty and abuse confront, and as a result, it may be too dark and edgy for some readers and it may not appeal to those looking for a lighter read. Those who like raw-edged emotion and intense romance spiced with high adventure, exotic locales, and an extra dollop of history, will I hope, be in for a treat. Like most of us, Gabriel and Sarah are flawed characters trying to do their best, and I dare you not to fall in love with them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780992050467
Publisher:
Halfpenny House
Publication date:
08/18/2015
Pages:
334
Sales rank:
1,015,093
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Multi-published author Judith James' books have won the Independent Publishers (IPPY) Gold medal for Romance, been named Editor's Choice by Historical Novels Review, nominated or named Book of the Year by Romantic Times and Barnes and Noble, designated Desert Island Keepers by All About Romance, and earned starred reviews by Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Her books are available in several languages including French and Spanish through HQN's Best-Sellers imprint.

Before turning her hand to writing she worked as a trail guide, horse trainer, and clinical and forensic psychologist. An avid reader and history buff, she has traveled, worked and lived in many places, including the Arctic, Ireland, London and France. She has found the perfect place to write on the East Coast, with a view of the ocean from her window. Judith's writing combines her love of history, romance, and adventure with her keen interest in the complexities of human nature, and the heart's capacity to heal. She is currently in service to a cranky elderly cat who thinks she can type and delights in teaching lessons about backing up files.

Those who enjoy the historical breadth of Elizabeth Chadwick and Philippa Gregory, the sizzle of Elizabeth Hoyt, the depth of story and characterization of Mary Jo Putney or Laura Kinsale, and the bad boy heroes of Anne Stuart, will find much to love when they discover Judith James

AWARDS

LIBERTINE'S KISS

Nominated Romantic Times Best British Isles Historical
Booklist starred review
Romantic Times Top Pick
All About Romance Desert Island Keeper

SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (The King's Courtesan)

Romantic Times Top Pick

THE HIGHWAYMAN

Heroes and Heartbreakers Best Reads 2014
Romantic Historical Reviews Top Pick

BROKEN WING

Independent Publisher's Awards IPPY Gold Medal Winner
Romance Novel TV Best Debut
Historical Novels Review Editor's Choice
All About Romance Desert Island Keeper
All About Romance Honorable Mention Best Book
All About Romance Buried Treasure

HIGHLAND REBEL

One of the best of 2009 Barnes and Noble
Historical Novels Review Editor's Choice
One of the best of 2009 Dear Author

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Broken Wing 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it made me flinch, sometimes it made me cry, and a lot of the time it left my heart pounding. I raced through this book. It's a wonderful read, alive with history and adventure, drama and strong emotions. Not for overly sensitive readers, there¿s violence (murder and war) and a physically and emotionally scared hero with a truly horrendous past, but what a ride and what a love story!
gl More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: The book opens to Paris at the time of the French Revolution. Sarah, Lady Monroe, and her half-brother Ross, have come to find and rescue their younger brother Jamie who had disappeared five years past. Jamie had been in Maison de Joie, one of the better Parisian brothels. Gabriel, who had been surprised at his impulses, had protected little Jamie for years and was happy to hear of his friend's good fortune and desolate at losing his only friend. But Jamie refused to leave without his friend and protector Gabriel. So, Gabriel finds himself on an estate in England, companion and friend to Jamie and trying his best to keep from falling in love with the unconventional Sarah. Sarah had been drawn to Gabriel from the moment that they'd met. Not only was he beautiful but he had tried to protect her brother at no small cost to himself. While he presents a cold and polished front, she sees his pain and draws out his love of life, music, and learning. When Sarah and Gabriel finally come together, Gabriel leaves to prove himself and make his fortune to be able to provide for Sarah. He undertakes to join Davey as a privateer and finds himself in great danger. Though he escapes drowning, Gabriel must escape from slavers, mercenaries, and pirates along the Barbary Coast. Will he be able to find his way back to Sarah? Review: I suspected that I'd enjoy this book, just based on its blurb. But I hadn't expected it to be such a good read! I was unable to stop reading. I found both lead characters very sympathetic. It was unusual to have the male lead constantly objectified. While Lady Sarah is beautiful, she wasn't the focus of the descriptions of beauty. I enjoyed this twist - it was one of many unexpected aspects of the book. The plot was chockfull of action from the first page. Pirates, Napoleon, privateers, slavers, possible duels - they all fit into the plot naturally and make for a fun and heartwrenching read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romances, pirate stories, and action filled love stories.
Kay89 More than 1 year ago
They say a strong voice leads to love or hate, but I do have trouble understanding Old Ladies review. Perhaps she was reading the google version, or maybe there was a problem with her download. Granted this book is dark and edgy and deals with topics that might make some readers uncomfortable, but at 420 pages long it's hardly a paragraph longer than her review, and it's clearly a work of great love and attention. One that earned a rave review from Publishers weekly and an editor's top choice from Historical Novels review as well as best debut from RNTV and Desert Island Keeper from AAR. I bough it in paperback based on the buzz and I was not disappointed. The historical details and settings are lush and fascinating, the characters memorable,(including the secondary one)and as someone who has worked with survivors of abuse I was would say this was one of the most realistic and touching portrayals of a survivor and his recovery I've read. I read a lot of romance and I've never read anything like it. It was unconventional, unexpected, and completely satisfying. I would call it a love story, rather than a romance, as the story really seems to be about Gabriel, but if you love unconventional romance, deep characters, and tortured heroes on the road to redemption you'll love this. Don't buy it for the cover; buy it for the heartbreaking story of love, healing and redemption.
timetravel More than 1 year ago
From the publisher: Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, Gabriel St. Croix has never known tenderness, friendship, or affection. Although fluent in sex, he knows nothing of love. Lost and alone inside a nightmare world, all he's ever wanted was companionship and a place to belong. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy façade, his only relationship is with a young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality of their environment. But all that is about to change. The boy's family has found him, and they are coming to take him home. My review: How wounded does a soul have to be before it is too late to turn it around? The character Gabriel, abused as a child and broken in spirit, takes the reader on a journey of the possibility of love and redemption. But is his psyche too badly bruised to heal? Sarah, strong willed and independent, can see beyond his gruff and emotionally detached manner. When his past comes back to haunt him, she may be the only one who can reach in and grab him back as he slips into an emotional nothingness. The author captures very well the traumatic aftermath of child sexual abuse. While romance is not normally my chosen genre, the premise of this book appealed to me, and it did not disappoint. Broken Wing is much more than an historical romance, but also bursts into an action and adventure drama. Needing money, Gabriel takes off for the high seas engaging in dangerous but lucrative privateering. He then gets caught up in the horrors of war which only causes him to slide back emotionally. This is a very well written book, stunning in its tragedy, and emotionally grabbing. The locations and situations are exciting and well described. The story moves quickly and smoothly, and each character is well developed. This book is very deserving of the 2009 IPPY Award (Gold) for Romance. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
LillyCain More than 1 year ago
Broken Wing is one of the best books I have read this year, and I have read a lot of romances! This book is so well written, flows so smoothly that you will be drawn into Gabriel and Sarah's story as soon as you crack the spine! I loved the way the history of the time is seamlessly inserted, making me want to investigate this turbulent time more carefully - smugglers, pirates, hostages and all. I sympathized quickly with Gabriel who had such a terrible childhood - he was so amazed at Sarah's love that he could barely believe it, let alone understand it. Sarah is a woman who stands on her own in a time that to be independent made a woman immediately suspect, but she risks it all for Gabriel and never looks back. The story is a descriptive, sensual adventure and I am looking for book #2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read, beautiful love story.  Full of despair, love and adventure.
tharrobson More than 1 year ago
Broken Wing was an excellent read, a very touching story of an undying love, set in the transitional period of the  eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. If you like those heart throbbing she-found-the-right-man stories, this one fits the mold. Some of the sex in the hero's young life is sordid, but tender and beautiful in his adult relationship with the heroin. There is high seas drama when swashbuckling mercenaries press the hero into service for them, while his beloved holds loyal to a promise between them for nearly three years after she is told he is dead. I devoured this book in record time, hungering for answers while diligently racing on, and as the author incrementally revealed that prize, another came to light, pressing me to read on further. The author wordsmiths an emotional roller coaster that I reflect on often.  
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Pam-inTX More than 1 year ago
Not your typical historical romance. I enjoyed it very much. If you love a wounded hero and spunky and caring heroine this is the book for you.
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oldladywholovestoread More than 1 year ago
Usually, when I buy a book, I like to check the font and size of the letters and how many pages it takes to get to the end. The tinier and more dense the words are, the more likely the author spent some time developing the story. I especially hate it when I get a book from an author who previously really worked on the story to make it a good one, only to short change the reader just to get a book in print. Okay, how does this relate to "Broken Wing"? I bought this book online after reading a review in a blog. Therefore I could not apply my words to a page criteria. Too bad. The story is an interesting one. Male prostitute with a heart of gold, super gorgeous, and with a near genius mentality, talented beyond measure, etc. meets a rich, unconventional widow after protecting the rich widow's young brother from becoming a male prostitute like himself. This really could have been a good book, if the author had taken some time with it. Anything that required some work on her part - how about how the rich widow was forced to marry an evil old man by her wicked uncle, who at his sudden death flees the country to live with pirates? I think I may have used one paragraph less in this review than the author did in the book. Actually, the author spent more time on explaining this in her historical notes appendix than she did in the story. The heroine is too kind, great hearted, forgiving, etc., to be believed. The hero goes through too many adventures, each of which could be a novel, without learning a thing. The cover is nice, though.