Hidden from the earl who hunts them, Anne and her sisters have been accepted into the heart of a tiny rural village. Until another earl comes visiting.
Rede lives to avenge the deaths of his wife and children. After three long years of searching, he is closing in on the ruthless villains who gave the orders, and he does not hope to survive the final encounter. Until he meets Anne.
As their inconvenient attraction grows, a series of near fatal attacks draws them together and drives them apart. When their desperate enemies combine forces, Anne and Rede must trust one another to survive.
Farewell to Kindness is Book 1 in the series The Golden Redepennings.
Candle and Min, hero and heroine of my novella, Candle's Christmas Chair, make a cameo appearance in Farewell to Kindness.
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About the Author
Jude Knight has been telling stories all her life: making up serial tales to amuse her friends and children, imagining sequels to books that have moved her and left her wanting more, occasionally submitting short stories to magazines and the radio, starting more than a dozen novels set in different times and places. She has devoted most of the last forty years to a career in commercial writing and raising a large family (most recently as grandmother-in-residence while a daughter was out of action for three years). She and her own personal romantic hero, with whom she has shared those forty+ years, now live with two cats and frequent visitors in a small town in rural New Zealand. Judy wrote and published her first historical romance in 2014, and now has the wind in her sails and a head full of strong determined heroines, heroes with the sense to appreciate them, and villains you'll love to loathe.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm not sure where Jude Knight keeps coming up with the ideas for her books, but I am so glad that she does. Each one is unique and different. This one has a main plot with several other subplots. Jude includes an explanation of each character at the beginning of the book. I referred to it several times as I was turning each page. I found Anne Forsythe to be engaging and sincere. Her only concern is keeping her sisters and daughter safe. Rene is looking for revenge for the killing of his family, but he has a warm heart. This is their story. Some reviewers are saying that the book is too long and detailed. I actually loved that about this book. Too many times, I have read a book where the author rushes the plot just to get to the end. Jude takes her time and with her words, makes me have a picture of the characters, the settings and the scenes in my mind. That is truly the mark of a wonderful author for me.
From the first page, Jude Knight takes the reader on an adventure that doesn’t stop until the end. When Rede and Anne meet its tension and wondering how these two are going to get together. I love the opening scene between these two. I did get a bit lost with the minor characters thrown in. Sometimes, the pace of the novel was too fast and I wish the plot would have slowed down a bit. It also felt like the story was too short - another 50+ pages narrowed in on the hero & heroine would have pushed this to 5 stars. Overall a good read and I’m looking forward to more novels from this author.
Best Selling Author, Jude Knight, does it again folks, with A Farewell to Kindness! Congratulations, Jude Knight on this glorious day of your release!! A Farewell to Kindness opens up with the drunken Earl George Redepenning entering into his living quarters, where he is met by a flying arrow. A shocked and stumbling George sees a Lady in his quarters who threatens to kill him if he does not meet her demands. He killed her brother and left her destitute to tend to her sisters’ and children. Upon the death of her brother, he was assigned guardianship. However, he neglected them and left them penniless! Now, she demands a small cottage and a sum of money. She takes all of his gambling winnings, obtains the cottage and demands that he strip his clothes, throw them out the window, where he is left bare... Next we meet the hero of our tale, the dashing and handsome Earl Stephen Redepenning, known to friends just as Rede. He has recently inherited the earldom from his cousin, the lazy and money squandering George. Rede, having come from Canada where he lived for three years in search of those who ordered the deaths of his beloved wife and children. Now in England, he must repair the damage George has caused to the estates, including the Longford Estate, where a tenant has resided for years rent free. Curious of this tenant’s situation, he eventually makes his way to her cottage, where he meets and finds himself intrigued by the beautiful and intelligent Anne, the lady who was under the guardianship of his cousin George and mother of a Redepenning. Her daughter Daisy whom she must protect is underage and in danger of losing her to a distant cousin, Simon Stocke, the Earl of Selby. Rede develops an ever growing attraction to the lovely Anne and wants nothing more than to revel in her warmness and have long passionate nights. Alas, Rede is on a mission to find those who ordered the deaths of his wife and children and the ruin of his fur trade enterprise.. Anne learning of the upcoming visit of the new earl, having nothing but the memories of the former earl, sets the whole town on edge but more so for Anne as she must protect her family and knows she has not paid rent in years. However, when the Earl visits, Anne is taken by his charm and care he shows for her darling Daisy and sister Meg who is simple... upon subsequent visits, Anne finds herself falling for the earl... but her daughter is a Redepenning... will he find out? Will she lose her daughter to the earl of Selby? Will Rede find justice of those who are out to get him and ordered the death of his loved ones? Will passion once again envelope our hero Rede? Can our heroine learn to love and give her heart at last? Open A Farewell to Kindness and come with me on a journey back in time to the Georgian and Regency periods and delve into the suspense, longing and passion of the characters… I welcome you into their lives for but a brief moment in time… Jude Knight’s writing is impeccable, her way of expressing detail truly ignites the senses of the reader, where one truly goes back in time, smells the delicious foods cooking, hears the sounds of the carriages rolling along the cobblestone streets of London or the dirt roads of small quaint villages. The reader cannot help but feel the emotions invoked by the characters and sympathize with their plights. Ms. Knight has truly given the readers an historical accuracy in her writing, she pays great detail to the period in which the story takes place, to the historical events of the time and she has truly delved deep into her research which is shown through the scenes and depictions of the buildings, wardrobe, food, cultural events, social expectations, etc. This is my first book that I read of Jude Knight’s and I was just awestruck by this phenomenal masterpiece. I read it from cover to cover and could not put it down. She keeps her reader on the edge of their seats awaiting what comes next! This is truly a work of art and I invite you, once again, to open A Farewell to Kindness.
The writing is refreshing! Some books I read are just too obvious. I can figure out the good and bad guys right away and that gets rather tedious. This book, however, kept me guessing, kept me wondering and wanting to find out how it all turns out. The scene settings were well written, I felt the level of description, whether it be clothing or furniture, even places, was very well done. Not too much to be distracting, but just enough that I could picture what the author was describing, but, enough that I could imagine things in my own way.The characters were well rounded, not saints, but real people, so to speak. Altogether, it was a great romance with excellent elements of mystery! In this book, there are characters you will love, those you will loathe and those you will despise! There are many reasons why. Red Redepenning is a gentleman in the true sense of the word. Yes, there is revenge in his heart, but there is room for so much more. Anne is an innocent but not without resources. A good aim can come in very handy it seems. The previous Earl of Chirbury wronged Anne in more ways than one so she has forced his hand. He has paid his penance and I think he got off easy. The New Earl of Chirbury, The 8th, Stephen Edward John Redepenning is known as Rede to his friends. He knows nothing of Anne or why one of his tenants pays no rent. He inherited the title while living in Canada as a fur trader. When he returned, he found out he was the new Earl, with a seat in the House of Lords, properties, with tenants and servants all in a shocking state of disarray! He will have a long journey ahead of him to figure out the mess of papers and people left behind by his feckless cousin George, the 7th Earl. Anne Forsythe has been in hiding in a cottage in Longford. She along with her sisters and her beautiful little girl with their maid Hannah. Anne is not so innocent after all. She has been hiding her daughter, along with her sister, who is not at the age of majority yet, and who is the target of a ruthless cousin, who happens to share guardianship. he has the audacity to want to marry her to his own son. Her dowry is a nice enough reason to do so. Anne knows what the son is like, and the cousin for that matter, she has no wish to let her sister anywhere near him. So they made a new life here in Longford. Now the Earl of Chirbury is coming down to inspect his property and this could spell disaster for Anne and her family. Her child has the distinctive "Redepenning" eyes! Many strange accidents happen to the Earl and the people close to him. He wonders if it is related to things that happened before he left Canada. I really loved this book. Sweet, mysterious, and fun to read! Some sad parts that made me stop for a minute. But You can't have a good book without some hardships. I enjoyed the characters, but Anne was my favorite. She has an indomitable spirit that I wish I had. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good Regency Romance that is not so easy, with some intrigue and fun. Also, check out Jude Knights free novella Candle's Christmas Chair!