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Posted April 10, 2012
I have to admit, I didn't read the first book in The Lacey Chronicles, but after reading The Queen's Lady, which is the second book in this series,I am definitely reading The Other Countess. I love Eva Edwards’ writing, and I love the Lacey brothers. I also have to know about Will and Ellie's romance now. The Queen's Lady is about the second Lacey's brother, James, and his love for Jane. Eve Edwards has written a beautiful Historical love story about a young woman of eighteen fighting for her right to have the life she wants, and James, the young man she loves.
Jane is being punished by her father after she breaks off an arranged marriage with an Earl. Jane's punishment is to be disgraced by her father so he can break Jane's rebellious will. But Jonas Paton, Marquee of Rievaulx, marries Jane not as a wife, but so he can rescue her from this horrible punishment. Jonas dies within the first year of their marriage, and Jane becomes one of the Queen's Ladies in order to protect herself from her father and Jonas's three sons. At the Queen's court, she sees James Lacey. James has just returned from an English military mission, and he’s not the same young man Jane remembers from a year ago. James is still the love of Jane’s heart and the man she wants to be with. But after seeing the effects of war, James is a ghost of the man he used to be with plenty of anger. Jane is also fighting a war of her own, against her father and Jonas's three sons, and James will not confess his love for Jane because he feels as if he cannot offer her anything of the man he used to be.
The Queen's Lady is heart-felt, tender, a love story about Jane trying fight for herself and James, the man she loves, in a time when women have no power. I highly recommend The Queen's Lady as a beautiful love story, where love always wins and can heal the broken hearted.
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Posted September 9, 2013
This is the 2nd book in the Lacey Chronicles series and revolves around James Lacey and Jane Perceval from the first book.
In this one Jane is newly widowed after marrying an elderly man in the hopes she could escape her father's schemes. She ends up going to court to be one of the Queen's ladies. And of course her father tries to coerce her into marrying a wealthy man again. She doesn't want to marry again, partly because she absolutely does not want to marry anyone her gold digging father chooses for her and partly because she is still in love with James Lacey, the Earl of Dorset's younger brother whom she hasn't seen since she broke off the engagement with the Earl.
James Lacey is newly returned from being a scout the Low Countries, haunted with all that he has seen of the war. On his brother's suggestion as a way to get out of his slump, he goes to court to join Walter Ralegh's ambitions to take a voyage to the Americas.
They meet again and James demands to know why Jane refused his brother, not knowing she did it because she could see how much Ellie and Will love each other. After that fateful meeting they once again become entwined in each others lives by various means and realize they may just suit after all.
This book was really really good too. I love Eve Edwards books! I just loved that we got to catch up with the main characters from the first book, even though they weren't the main characters in this one. This book also set up the main character for the third book as well as having a side story revolving around Diego, James' servant and Milly, Jane's friend from school, which I enjoyed as well. This series is quite good and I have high hopes for the third book, titled 'Rogue's Princess'. I can't wait to read it :)
Posted January 6, 2013
I read this book first, but it makes more sense when you read the first one. The fact that James is described better in this book makes you fall completely in love with him. This is one of my favorite romance novels. That's probably because i only read series and I'm a hopeless romantic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2012
I've decided that I really enjoy historical fiction series that follow a family. You get a new story, but yet don't lose the characters from the previous book. And since this is set in my favorite time period, it hoped to be a win-win situation.
I really loved Lady Jane in this book. I wasn't sure what we would get from her, since her character was a little harsh in the first book. But, I think the events from that lead to were she is today. She knows what she wants and what she doesn't. She really fights to maintain that freedom in a time period that females had anything but that. She tries to step out of the shackles of a father who wants to control her plus keep control of her dowry. Her stepsons wants to paint her as the the type of person she really isn't. It was down right depressing what these people put her through.
I was a little hesitant about James for at least half of the book. I really liked him in the first story, but could really tell that life had changed him and not for the better. Plus, circumstances didn't not leave Jane in the best of lights in his mind. I was afraid he would let his own prejudices get in the way of who she really was. I wasn't sure he could admit to himself that he would overcome his problems and be the man Jane needed him to be.
In the end, the story was much more intense that the first book in the series. I was really afraid that James might be too late to save Jane (and really, why would the story end that way). I did kind of wonder about Queen Elizabeth's roles in this story. She seemed slightly out of character. I'm not sure she would have been accommodating, but then she really did hate to see her Lady's in Waiting leave her services.
I can't wait for the next one in this series. I've enjoyed it so far, and don't think I will be disappointed!
Posted April 27, 2012
This is a nice romance novel. It is the second in a series, but I have not read the first book and understood the story just fine. Each one of the books follows a different character, so this one can be read as a standalone novel if you didn’t read the first one. The beginning makes you think you missed something important, and you kind of did, but you catch on right away and then the story flows nicely.
This is a quick read and I don’t remember any swearing or sex scenes. The story is a bit predictable, in the romance novel kind of way; a beautiful damsel in distress who needs to be saved by her knight in shining armor (though he is not actually a knight). The beau doesn’t care if she doesn’t have her fortune, and she doesn’t care that he doesn’t have much inheritance, really none at all. The plot keeps you on your toes and you want to yell to James, “no, don’t go; Jane needs you!!” more than once during the course of the story. There is the side story of Jane’s friend, Milly and her relationship with Diego, a black servant, which was quite scandalous in that day; and also the introduction of Milly’s friend Christopher (Kit) Turner who likes her and tries to cause a bit of trouble for some of the characters in the story.
There is absolutely no way that you can like Jane’s father, her brother, or her stepsons. At times it seems as though there is no one on her side, except Milly. I don’t want to give away any more of the story, but it is good and I am eager to read the first one in the series and the third one as well.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good love story, but also to anyone who may not feel comfortable with the sex scenes that are typically found in romance novels. I think this would be appropriate for a high school student, though I am not sure that as a teacher I would recommend a romance novel to students as classroom reading.
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