Echo in the Wind

Echo in the Wind

by Regan Walker

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ISBN-13: 9780996849593
Publisher: Regan Walker
Publication date: 05/24/2017
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Regan Walker is an award-winning, Amazon #1 bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. A lawyer turned full-time writer, she has six times been featured on USA TODAY's HEA blog and nominated six times for the prestigious RONE award (her novel, The Red Wolf's Prize won Best Historical Novel for 2015 in the Medieval category). Her novel The Refuge: An Inspirational Novel of Scotland won the Gold Medal in the Illumination Awards in 2017.

Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government have given Regan a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the "Crown". Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for special assignments. Each of her novels features real history and real historical figures. And, of course, adventure and love.

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Echo in the Wind 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
Actually, this wonderful story could easily be read after To Tame the Wind in the Agents of the Crown series, because the hero, Jean Donet, is the father of the heroine, Claire, in To Tame the Wind. It is a marvelous romantic adventure with Joanna, the “spinster” daughter of an English Earl and the widower, Jean Donet, a former pirate/privateer who has inherited a great holding with vineyards in France from his deceased father and older brother. I do not want to give away here how they first met, but it was an exciting chance meeting that later became a love affair and second chance romance for the hero. A truly “swoon worthy” historical romance by a most excellent author!
Barbara McCarthy More than 1 year ago
Book #2 of a trilogy, Echo in the wind is the fast paced story that takes place in 1784 after the war with America when both the English and French are suffering economically from the effects. Tea, wine and cognac are out of reach for the average person and considered luxuries for the wealthy only. In that time smuggling was a way for a man, or a woman, if she dare, to make their fortunes. Lady Joanna West already has luxury and money but wants to help the poor of her country and turns to smuggling as a means to do just that. She is not interested in life in the ton much less a marriage though she has many suitors. Jean Donet was disowned by his father the comte de Saintonge for marry a woman he did not approve of and so Jean turns to his other love, the sea as a Privateer, pirate and Captain of his own ship. There he buries himself in gaining his own money while mourning the love of his life who he lost to illness. Joanna and Jean meet at a ball thrown by Joanna's brother. She is not aware that they have met before, but Jean is. He is not interested in falling in love again, both are very much involved in their smuggling activities. The characters in this book are well developed, full, and very much draw you into their lives and circumstances as well as the times in which they are living and the dangers they face in the double lives they are leading and what will happen to their hearts. Joanna is injured and forced to flee for her life while smuggling. This is a fast paced book with a solid plot and characters and it's quite obvious the author, Regal Walker has done great research to bring us another of her fact mixed with fiction stories that you don't want to put down and can't wait for the next book of the trilogy. I highly recommend it and will probably re-read it at some point.
cghoelscher More than 1 year ago
"The answer lay just offshore, silhouetted against a cobalt blue sky streaked with gold from the setting sun: a black-sided ship, her sails lifted like a lady gathering up her skirts, poised to flee, waiting for a signal." -Regan Walker, Echo in the Wind. Echo in the Wind, the second book in the Donet Trilogy is an amazing read. I was swept in among the furling sails, the sea mist, foggy coves, smuggling of cognac and the court intrigue and grandeur of Versailles. Historical romance writer, Regan Walker's research seamlessly pulls the pace of events in this intriguing period of history with bold, memorable characters and the turmoil of the time period. Lady Joanna West's auburn curls and taste for French fashion gain many offers for her hand in marriage from men of the ton. All of whom she refuses. At six and twenty years, she finds herself weary of the games of the aristocrats and prefers tending to the struggling poor class. With the excessive tariffs on tea, fine wine, and cognac, only the elite class could afford such luxuries, leaving a working class without means to keep their shops and inns open. The bold Lady Joanna and her younger brother Freddie work clandestinely in smuggling these precious commodities to help their working class earn enough to keep their families fed and warm. It is a dangerous activity for a noble born lady. If caught, she could bring shame to her family's name. Worse, she would face the hangman's noose, something she had to witness in the bailey in London. What has she gotten her family into? She vows that the last drop off the Coast of Bognor would be the last. In the meantime, she would act as a dutiful sister to her brother, Richard, Earl of Torrington, and hostess to both English and French dignitaries. Destiny changes when the mysterious Comte de Saintonge enters her family home. The new Comte de Saintonge sends mixed signals to Lady Joanna, who believes she is immune to the charms of the elite class. Most of these men speak earnestly of honor, but do not act honorably when it comes to marriage vows. The Comte is not a man for such games. He married for love at a young age. His furious father never forgave his son for marrying against his wishes, so Jean Donet was forced to leave the security of the high-born and find a new life to support his young wife and child. He turned to the sea and later, in rebellion against the high tariffs and the economic strife of the poor, to privateering. After the loss of his beloved young wife to illness, he vows never to give his heart to someone again. The sea becomes his mistress, but to love another woman again is unthinkable. His black cat, Franklin, named after the influential Ben Franklin during the period, is a symbol of good luck on his ship, La Reine Noire. The Capitaine's fortunes turn and with his restored family title, he is once again circling in deep and treacherous waters. It is a story that Regan Walker masterfully weaves. The tension of this period of history. The music and glitter of the aristocracy with an indication of the strife of the poor. Faith, Destiny, music, velvet, silks, cognac, political allure and amongst it all, a spectacular love story that is as epic as the era it is set in. I would highly recommend this book to all who love a well-written and researched historical romance. This was a ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover 3 months ago
I really enjoyed Jean and Joanna's story. After meeting Jean in his daughter's story, I was happy to hear he would be getting his own HEA. Jean wouldn't have settled for a normal society miss and Joanna was perfect for him. Having done his own share of smuggling, the female smuggler was just what he needed. I'm excited to read the last book in the series and see what Walker has in store for us!
1MollFlanders More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for a story about this pirate! I encouraged Regan to flesh out this wonderful character into a new book, and she has given us one unforgettable character. Regan has taken a new slant this time on a more mature and seasoned hero and it works. Jean Donet is a complex and steamy character whose passion for Claire drives the adventurous storyline of this book. Her descriptions are lush, her writing tight. Another novel from her, rich with history and romance that is not to be missed.
LizLloyd37 More than 1 year ago
Echo in the Wind Donet Trilogy #2 By Regan Walker In this story we are taken back to 1784, when the French and English were suffering from the cost of the American war. Unrest of the people, due to high taxation caused many to be involved in smuggling. This is how the love story begins. Jean Donet, comte de Saintonge and captain of la Reine Noire, former pirate and Privateer, meets the bold redhead, Lady Joanna West, sister of the Earl of Torrington at a reception for the Prime Minister given by her brother Richard. Donet knows this is not his first meeting with her. She is unaware of this. Lady Joanna wants nothing to do with a marriage of convenience to a member of the ton. She is more interested in the plight of the poor and the unfair taxation of all by the English. To aid this cause she and her younger brother become involved in smuggling. Little did she know she would meet her match in the French captain who is also involved in smuggling. Donet did not wish to find another to love after he lost his first wife to illness. He never wanted to experience love and loss again. Lady Joanna is injured during the next smuggling attempt and is forced to flee with Donet to get away from the English captain who tries to stop them. This starts their exciting journey together. We are taken on an exciting action filled journey from England to France. The story is rich in the history of the time, letting you feel as if you are there as Donet and Lady Joanna fall in love. This is a heartwarming love story. I enjoyed it very much. I am looking forward to the third in the Trilogy, the story of Zoe Donet. Regan has a Pinterest page for every book. It gives you a look into her research and a feeling of the time period. I appreciate the time and effort she puts into each book.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put this book down! The hardest part of writing a review for a book I loved is saying enough to entice you to read it without spoiling the story. When you read one of Regan's books, you not only get a wonderful story, but accurate historical knowledge of the time period. Jean Donet, handsome widower, Comte, privateer, free trader, uncle, appeared in Ms. Walker’s previous book (To Tame the Wind). His daughter, Claire, is the heroine of that story. He is in England for his grandson’s christening and possibly some business (smuggling). He will not be there too long as his brother has died leaving a young daughter, Zoe, who Jean is now responsible for. Lady Joanna West, 25, has no desire to wed and prefers her family home in Sussex to London. She and her younger brother, Freddie, help the poor tenants and villagers by avoiding the high tax on tea, brandy and other assorted goods from France. This means buying from ships like Donet’s. Joanna meets Jean at a party at her country home and again in London. He recognizes her from their smuggling, even though she always dresses like a boy when she is buying goods from him. She returns to Sussex and while checking the smuggled goods on his ship she is shot by someone on a revenue cutter. His ship escapes the cutter and he takes her with him to France. During their time in France she recovers, he discovers his father and brother were murdered, they fall in love, marry and agree Zoe will live with them and not be sent to a convent school. And so much more that I’ll not say and spoil it. They do return to England to see her family but will reside in France. I can easily recommend this wonderful book which can be read on its own. You do not need to read Claire’s story to understand this one. I’m looking forward to reading Zoe’s HEA in 2018. Regan - I certainly wouldn’t mind if her hero was Freddie. Thank you Regan for giving me an ARC.