Surrender the Past

Surrender the Past

by Elizabeth Johns

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Surrender the Past by Elizabeth Johns

Elinor Abbott was only 14 years old when she and her father left England for America. Six years later, with war at their doorstep, she is forced to return to her land of birth and a life amongst the aristocracy she abhors. A return to England also means facing the man who brutally attacked her as an adolescent.

Viscount Easton came to the United States at the behest of His Majesty's Army, for his last assignment. He was sent home early due to an injury and must face his new destiny as the heir to an earldom. An unexpected encounter with the unrefined beauty links Easton and Elinor together in society, and he must decide whether to save Elinor's reputation or hold on to bachelorhood.

Can Elinor navigate the perils of coming out in aristocratic England and still retain her sense of identity? Can Easton help her overcome her aversion to men or will her past keep her from facing her future?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500401665
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/11/2014
Series: Loring-Abbott Series , #1
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Surrender The Past 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Lynda-Flanagan1 More than 1 year ago
"I think I'm in love". Elinor Abbott is forced to leave her home of six years in America and return to England.  She dreads the thought, even though the journey across the Atlantic is a distraction as she is nursing the severely wounded Major Adam Easton back to heath.  On her return to her family home she soon realises that not all of her family are as welcoming as her Grandmother and Uncle and Elinor longs to return to America.  She also has to face her horrific past and come face to face with the man who ruined her. Elinor is a very well educated girl who helped teach children and nurse soldiers in America, though she lacks the social skills of society ladies in London. She is a what you see is what you get type of person and I love that.  Her cousin Bea is sorely jealous of her and points out her so called flaws at every given chance.  This does not deter the gentlemen, least of all Major Easton. Easton is tired of the war and has Earldom thrust on him after the death of his older brother.  He is grieving his brothers' death and facing trial while taking care of his ill father.  As the gossip of Easton and Elinor's voyage is spreading wide, he proposes to her as a temporary end of any speculation.  But Easton knows that his feelings for Elly are a huge factor in the proposal and he hopes she will want to stay in England with him. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are wonderful, even the malicious cousin Bea is a brilliantly written vindictive bad girl.  Elly slowly lets down her guards around Easton and they fall into a lovely friendship, each developing more feelings for the other.  I would have preferred the villain of the piece to have got his comeuppance, but the message of forgiveness is loud and clear and Elly's family did as she wished. This is the first book I read by Elizabeth Johns and I will definitely be reading more. ***I was given this book in exchange for an honest review****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story that stayed true to the people of the time - chaste without imparting religious beliefs and expressions untrue to the time. The dialogue didn't feel as much Regency as now, but the writing was of high quality. I was apprehensive about reading this book - afraid it would be too hard to read. However, I found it positive, empowering and encouraging. Some people may find the rape scene distresing and too detailed (though I didn't think it was lewd), but I personally think the details should be expressed and recognized because the word rape, though powerful, is tragically common and siphons away the compassionate horror and empathy that should exist for any victim. I strongly approve the end resolution, because we must let go of resentment for our own sakes and it would be cruel, and ultimately cancerous, not to forgive one who is truly repentant. I look forward to the next two books because I always love redemption and self-repair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elly left England after being violated. She never told a soul but it's marked her view of the world since. All she wants is to stay in America with the freedoms it affords her and the distance it provides. However, war breaks out and for her safety and that of her father, she must return to England. She returns under the escort of Adam Easton, a Brit fighting a war he doesn't believe in. They find in each other healing and love. It could have been a great romance, but there was something superficial about the story that left a deep sense of dissatisfaction. 
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McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
For me, this was a sweet romance with a slightly grey undertone (not dark). It wasn't your normal H/h meet, fall in love, have angst, fix problem, and live HEA. The heroine (who is British) is happy in her home in America when the British bring attacks to her area. Her father's godson (now a Lord) is finishing one last task before heading home to buy out of the military by delivering a message to his godfather. He gets shot and stabbed by a commander before he's able to leave and the heroine gets put on a ship with him, to save his life on the way back to England. The heroine has secrets that keep her from falling in love with anyone and the hero has memories that keep him from having a relationship as well. They're able to bond on the trip back to England and end up becoming friends. Once in England, we learn the whole of the story about what happened to the heroine and the hero faces his past as well. They're caught in a scandal not of their own makings and forced to become engaged. The difference in this story from others, the heroine has worked through her anger over her situation yet still has to face her attacker and forgive. The author plays this whole situation well by truthfully dealing with a horrible action taken against the heroine. I love how the author wrote the story and the actions/reaction. She handled the rough parts with care and finesse, showing the attacker and the heroines thoughts and actions truthfully. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
SunnySJ More than 1 year ago
Fast read.
police6369 More than 1 year ago
My first book by Elizabeth Johns and it was excellent. A book about inner strength, forgiveness, healing and love all wrapped up in a wonderful book. Elinor was raped as a 13 year old child from someone she looked up to and loved as a brother. She never told anyone except eventually her maid when she came to America. She has lived with this secret for 6 years. Know it has come back with a fury because her father is taking them back to England and she will have to face her attacker. Sir Charles Godson is Adam is fighting the Americans and he wounded and Elinor saves his life on the way to England. So much happens. You have a person that shows outer strength but is falling apart inside. She will need to confront her past to be able to move forward with her life. A wonderful book about strength, forgiveness, and love!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding and nicely different from the usual regency romance.
Tinalou70 More than 1 year ago
I think it is a rare instance when you are introduced to a new author and feel like you've hit the jackpot. Not just a "new-to-me" author, Elizabeth Johns nails it with her touching and emotional debut novel. Elinor Abbot is beautiful, intelligent, independent and scarred. Rebuilding her life and self after suffering a staggering loss compounded by a brutal attack when she was a child, she is happily removed to America way from all that she abhorred. She misses nothing of her life in England except her beloved grandmama. Viscount Easton, godson to Elinor's father, is a decorated officer in his Majesty's service. As a second son, he never thought to inherit but a tragic and useless act takes the life of his older brother and he now has to re-evaluate his life. He has seen much, too much, in his military career and it has affected him deeply. As the new heir, he is set to sellout his commission after his current assignment in America is complete. War is brewing between America and England again. As tensions escalate to violence, Elinor and Easton find themselves thrown together in a potentially compromising journey back to England. While forming a friendship, they both develop strong feelings for the other but Elinor knows a future together can never be for if her secret is revealed, the scandal will be disastrous for the entire family and she would lose Easton forever. I was moved to a few tears I'm happy to say while reading this and cannot wait to continue this wonderful journey in the next book in her series, Seasons of Change.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Surrender the Past by Elizabeth Johns Book One Elinor Abbott has an experience on her last night in England that changes her life. Her father’s work for the king brings them to America and a new life. While her father is mourning the loss of his wife, Elly is mourning silently as she becomes stronger and independent. Glad to be away from all the rules of Society and the incident. As the war gets too close to their plantation, they must return to England. The one place where she must face her past that has haunted her for six years. Major Adam Trowbridge, Viscount Easton is in America fighting a battle he doesn’t completely agree with. Adam finds out how quickly a second son’s life can change and a new path set. He has become the heir now that his brother has passed and also an enemy to one of his superiors in the army. Not to mention meeting the young hoyden he knew in his younger days...only now she is a beautiful, grown hoyden. I loved this story, a real page turner. You could clearly see how different Elly’s life was from her freedom in America to the strict rules of the ton in England. Where there always seemed to be eyes watching for when you might step over the rule line. Many secondary characters that are sure to have stories to tell, too. Elizabeth’s second book and the continuance of this series is called Season’s of Change.