A Fallen Woman

A Fallen Woman

by Cheryl Bolen

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback)


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ISBN-13: 9780821772492
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/01/2002
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 4.32(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Bolen is the acclaimed author of eight Regency-set historical romances published by Harlequin Historical and Zebra Historical. Her first book, A Duke Deceived, won her the title of Notable New Author and was a runner up for the Holt Medallion for Best First Book. Her One Golden Ring won the Holt Medallion for Best Historical. Her books have been finalists for many writing awards, including the Daphne du Maurier, have been Barnes & Noble bestsellers, and have been translated into French, Portugese, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, Polish, and Japanese.

Admitting to a fascination over dead Englishwomen, she is a regular contributor to the Regency Plume,The Regency Reader and the Quizzing Glass. Many of her interesting articles on Regency England can be found at her website, www.CherylBolen.com.

She holds an English/journalism degree from the University of Texas and an MS from the University of Houston. Before her first book was published in 1998, she enjoyed careers as a newspaper reporter/editor and as a public school English teacher.

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Fallen Woman 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'll fall for A FALLEN WOMAN, the latest Regency historical romance by Cheryl Bolen. There's much to appreciate in this emotional story of a woman's journey from despair to triumph. I particularly liked the characters who quoted evocative lines from popular poets of that day, in a manner as natural as a contemporary character singing bits of a romantic ballad to a loved one. Carlotta Ennis, widowed, penniless, and shunned by decent society, grabs your sympathy immediately. She does not make excuses for the bad decisions she's made in the past nor does she cower in shame. Her decisions, at first glance, might make her appear vain and foolish. Yet, her pride that makes her hold her head high and her real heartbreak in having loved, and given herself, to the wrong man creates a real woman readers can identify with. Who gets through life without some mistake in love? The reader soon discovers Carlotta wasn't selfish and vain as much as young, insecure and frightened. Bad decisions led to heartbreak and disgrace. Ms. Bolen peals the layers back and reveals the underlying causes for every mistake Carlotta made without resorting to modern-day labels such as 'no mother role model' and 'post-partum depression' to explain the psychological reasons for Carlotta's actions. When James Rutledge, who survived the war because Carlotta's husband died in his place, enters her life, Carlotta decides to use his guilt to her advantage. And thereby hangs the balance of this tale! Carlotta, more mature now, recognizes the honor and integrity in James. He shames her by example, never by words. When she brings her son to live with her, at James's insistence, she's afraid and resistant. It doesn't take long for her frozen emotions to be melted by her son. When she grows to love the little boy, regret for the missed years that can never be regained seizes her. Instead of wallowing in self-pity though, she resolves to be a real mother to him. As Carlotta grows and changes, her beauty, once her prized asset, becomes a minor thing in and of itself. Her son, and James of course, are the sun of her universe around which her world revolves. Just as she recognizes this fact, her world is destroyed by her scarlet past. The old Carlotta would have lied and connived to keep her husband. The new Carlotta is a vastly different woman who, in her husband's arms, has learned the value of honor. If you don't shed a tear or two, then your heart is as hard as Carlotta's was at the beginning of her story. A FALLEN WOMAN has what we all want from a love story--an adorable child, a brave heroine, a hero who loves her just as she is and loves her even more as she grows and changes, and a journey of the human heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lord James Rutledge's life was spared when his captain took the musketball meant for him. Now James has come to Bath to make amends to the man's widow and has won her hand in marriage. Carlotta wonders if he's marrying her out of love--or out of duty. And will he still cherish her when he finds out she was another man's mistress?