The Portraitby Hazel Statham
England 1812: Severely injured at the battle of Salamanca, Edward Thurston, the new Earl of Sinclair, returns home to his beloved Fly Hall. Determined not to present his prospective bride with the wreck he believes himself to have become, he decides to end his betrothal, unaware that Lady Jennifer, for vastly differing reasons, has reached the selfsame decision… See more details below
England 1812: Severely injured at the battle of Salamanca, Edward Thurston, the new Earl of Sinclair, returns home to his beloved Fly Hall. Determined not to present his prospective bride with the wreck he believes himself to have become, he decides to end his betrothal, unaware that Lady Jennifer, for vastly differing reasons, has reached the selfsame decision. Throughout the campaigns, Edward was often seen relying greatly on a miniature he carried, and it is to this token he clings upon his return. Will he eventually find happiness with the girl in the portrait, or will he remain firm in his resolve not to wed? Reason dictates one course, his heart another.
'The Portrait' is a truly sweet love story. It follows the misadventures of two characters who are so much in love they cannot see it for themselves. This is such a wonderful tale of how love can conquer all and sneak up on you when you least expect it. This is the kind of story that has you pulled right in from the first page and keeps you guessing on how it will end. 'The Portrait' is such a magical tale that will have you wanting to read it again and again.
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Severely injured at the battle of Salamanca, Edward Thurston, the new Earl of Sinclair, returns home to his beloved Fly Hall. Determined not to present his prospective bride with the wreck he believes himself to have become, he decides to end his betrothal, unaware that Lady Jennifer, for vastly differing reasons, has reached the selfsame decision.
Throughout the campaigns, Edward was often seen relying greatly on a miniature he carried, and it is to this token he clings upon his return. Will he eventually find happiness with the girl in the portrait, or will he remain firm in his resolve not to wed? Reason dictates one course, his heart another.
Meet the Author
Hazel Statham began writing at the age of fifteen, finally committing to paper the stories she spun as a child. Writing has been her passion ever since, although marriage, motherhood, and career left time for little else. Once she retired, however, she was able to devote herself to writing full-time, publishing her first novel in 2007. A longtime student of history, she writes mainly in the Regency and Georgian eras, though she has been known to dabble in the medieval as well. She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her husband, Terry, and their beloved yellow Labrador, Mollie.
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I absolutely adore classic romances, such as, novels of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. For me, a historical romance that is patterned after these famous authoresses is the perfect book. Indeed Hazel Statham has joined these auspicious ranks! I couldn't help but be reminded of these amazing classics as I devoured this delectable book. However, in many ways, I appreciated this book more. Why? For one thing, the story was shorter, and it was easier to read and understand. I never found the story veering off in any unrelated or vapid directions as the greats sometimes did. The author was able to capture my attention from the beginning through the end with some delightful humor and a heart-warming story to boot. I honestly have only one minor criticism for this book. There was some superfluous profanity (my opinion), but there was nothing hardcore about it. And I was so relieved that there were no bedroom scenes, and impropriety was frowned upon. That was refreshing, and it made the minor profanity seem inconsequential (but you know I always let my readers know about any potentially objectionable material). If you are looking for a relatively quick read that will take you back to a simpler time when men were gentlemen and women were truly feminine, this is the book for you. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite We begin The Portrait by Hazel Statham during the Spanish battle of Salamanca where a young Edward Thurston, Earl of Sinclair, was grievously injured by a cannonball. The only companionship he seeks when he returns to Fly Hall is that of a miniature portrait of a young lady with smiling eyes, which is unfortunate as he is supposed to marry Lady Jennifer Lynton. They have both concluded, for different reasons, that they cannot go through with the impending marriage. Lady Jennifer feels as though she knows little of the earl. His correspondence has been dry and impersonal, and he believes no woman could love him in his current physical state which solidifies his resolve to end the betrothal. That, in a nutshell, is what The Portrait is “about” but really Hazel Statham has infused the story with much more than its characters. It is about one man’s obsession with a portrait, which he often gazes upon in times of weakness or melancholy that really forms the foundation for this story. It had me wondering just who this beautiful woman with the dark curls was, which incidentally had me eating up the pages to find out. The friendship between Jennifer and Edward is solid and strong and obviously based on more than mere friendly affection. Their friendship forms the basis of the romance instead of the typical way of a two-week courting period, so the reader is allowed to see the relationship develop. The other characters in The Portrait are rich, multi-faceted people, not just vapid men and women of the ton, particularly their trouble-making siblings. The Portrait is a wonderful tale of love and of friendship.
The plot was a little slow going, but within were plenty of events that kept me interested. It's a short book but because there was quite a bit going on it felt as if the book was longer. I thought for the length of the book, there were just a few too many characters and I had a bit of trouble trying to keep track of who was who. It wasn't overwhelming and it becomes more clearer as the novel progresses and you get the hang of who is who (and who is related to who). The two main characters: Edward and Jennifer were excellently written. Edward is your typical gentleman and despite his war wounds he's still strong and able. I liked how he got everyone around him to treat him as if he didn't have the wounds at all. I thought that showed he was determined to keep going on with his life and showed his strength and determination. Something I thought was very admirable. Jennifer the most fun to read in the book. I loved her personality. She was a complete contrast to Edward, but it was that type of personality that made her all the more likable. I was glad she wasn't made out to be a typical damsel in distress or a total girly girl. She had a sense of adventure and acted out of her own accord and the best part was, Edward was respectful of that. So, when you put these two together as a couple, it wasn't super intense (although there were times when there was tension) but it felt like a very comfortable warm feeling. They made a great couple who complimented and suited each other. I enjoyed the moments where Edward got a chance to poke fun at Jennifer, and vice versa. They had their playful moments, and the moments of uncertainty were just that. You could most certainly feel their emotions and at times it was almost heart wrenching. I really felt for Jennifer at times especially when she thought there was another person involved in the whole scheme of things. I also liked it when both Jennifer and Edward would bicker. It was funny to read and the more they argued the more I enjoyed reading when they're both together. How would I describe reading this book? I would say, it's like watching an old classic film (the romantic black and white ones from the 30's-40's) and feeling as if your heart would burst (which it did, in a good way). It has all the characteristics of a classic romance and provided me with a very nice enjoyable read. Do pick this romance up if you feel like something light. The romantic chemistry is definitely there and the featured couple are excellently well written and fun to read.
I love historical books so I jumped on this book for Pump Up Your Book. Boy, am I ever glad that I did! When I think of this type of Avalon and Regency novels I think of Jane Austen, but from my opinion, Ms. Statham has a style all her own, and that style had the ability to fully capture me from the start. I really enjoyed reading about Edward "Ned" Thurston, Earl of Sinclair, and his supposed betrothed, Lady Jennifer. But, for circumstances beyond control and a war injury, they remain only friends, not betrothed. Ms. Statham did not make these two characters boring, that is for sure! ALL the characters in this sweet read were lovable and full of sweet humor! The dialect between these people of this story was fascinating! I could hear the accents and see the attire of the men and ladies, and felt right at home with this story, like I belonged there. I smiled throughout this book and really didn't want it to end. This is a VERY clean novel. It's not dubbed a Christian novel, but it is still VERY clean and lovable. There were some sparks that flew between friends, but there was no detailed passion scenes. I recommend this novel with a high flying 5 star review and will definitely be checking out more of Ms. Statham's books in the near future!
Hazel Statham has written a great romance book that is sure to please the reader as they begin to read about the lives of Edward Thurston, the new Earl of Sinclair and his betrothed Lady Jennifer . Injured in the war, with one arm missing, Edward returns to Fly Hall, his home, intending to break off the engagement to Jennifer, not knowing that she had the same thoughts, but they vow to remain friends. The one thing that will remain through this friendship was the Portrait. The one thing that kept Edward going through the war and his injuries. The one thing that will remain close to his heart always . As their friendship continues it seems these two were meant for each other as they seem to keep being paired together. It seems as though their love grows as they try to rescue Jennifer's brother. There is one thing however, as Phillip, an old friend is bound to make Jennifer his wife and will stop at nothing to get his way. To Jennifer he is like a brother. How can she make him see she has no interest in him? With his war injuries will Jennifer marry Edward out of pity or will she fall in love with someone else? I have not read other books by Hazel Statham but in this one she knew how to draw me right into the story line and make me feel as if I was right in the story myself . If you like to read Regency Romance books then you won't want to miss this newest book The Portrait. This book was sent to me by Cheryl from Pump up Your Books for review.