The Lost Love of a Soldier (The Marlow Family Secrets, Book 4)

The Lost Love of a Soldier (The Marlow Family Secrets, Book 4)

by Jane Lark

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The stunning prequel to Kindle bestseller The Illicit Love of a Courtesan!Naïve and innocent, Lady Ellen Pembroke falls for a dashing young army officer. Captain Paul Harding has such an easy, enchanting smile and his blue eyes glow; vibrancy and warmth emanating from him. She is in love.In turn, the Captain finds his attention captured by the beautiful young daughter of the Duke of Pembroke at a house party in the summer. Finding Ellen is like finding treasure on the battle field. His sanity clings to her – something beautiful to remind him that not all in the world is ugly.Ellen is someone to fight for and someone to survive for when he is inevitably called to arms in the battle of Waterloo…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007594658
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/17/2014
Series: The Marlow Family Secrets , #4
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 247,720
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

I love writing authentic, passionate and emotional love stories. I began my first novel, a historical, when I was sixteen, but life derailed me a bit when I started suffering with Ankylosing Spondylitis, so I didn’t complete a novel until after I was thirty when I put it on my to do before I’m forty list. Now I love getting caught up in the lives and traumas of my characters, and I’m so thrilled to be giving my characters life in others’ imaginations.

You can follow me on Twitter @JaneLark.

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The Lost Love of a Soldier 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It goes on and on about trivial details, main character truly an oblivious ass regarding spouses situation
RedsHotReads More than 1 year ago
A Beautiful and Heartbreaking Beginning to a Fabulous Series!!! 5  Stars!!! <i> This book is the prequel to The Illicit Love of a Courtesan. Essentially this is the story that starts it all. What a beautiful and heartbreaking story it was. I loved Captain Paul Harding. We meet Eleanor &ldquo;Ellen&rdquo; Pembroke the daughter of a Duke that has fallen in love with Captain Paul Harding. Paul is below Ellen&rsquo;s wealth and Ellen&rsquo;s father the Duke of Pembroke has turned down Paul&rsquo;s proposal of marriage to Ellen and forbid her to see him. The Duke is a horrible man throughout this entire book/series. Ellen and Paul defy their situation and elope. Their wedding night was sweet and spicy. Jane can write a beautiful experience. Ms. Lark&rsquo;s writing is so satisfying in details you feel as though you are observing right from the room. Ellen&rsquo;s character takes you on an emotional journey that has you weeping, fighting and loving with her. You will fall in love with Paul. His love is so strong for Ellen you feel it in your soul. I became vested in these characters. Even though Ellen and Paul are in the midst of a battlefield, they are the perfect picture of first love. You will root for Ellen through all of her tribulations and there are many. This book is tragic, heartwarming, suspenseful, mildly angsty, full of love and most of all a story of survival. This book made me wanted to reach inside the pages of this book and hug Ellen very tightly. I also felt I wanted to hurt someone in her defense.  The book is the perfect set off for the series. You meet a few of the upcoming characters and get to know their background.  This is my first Jane Lark book and I loved it. I chose to read the entire series and started with this book. I am glad I did so I discovered the characters as they entered the story. You do not have to do this. Each book can be read by itself. I highly recommend this book you will not be disappointed. My Favorite Quotes: He stepped forward and embraced her. In answer her arm came about his waist. It was the most precious feeling of his life. He would always remember this day. He would love this woman for the rest of his life. He knew it. This girl was a treasure. He was going to protect her and love her all his life. He would not allow the brutality of war to touch her.</i>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! I have just discovered this author and am so glad I did. All of her books are wonderful!
OldVictorianQuill More than 1 year ago
I knew from the word go that this was going to be a very emotional read. I even prepared by having a box of tissues next to me as I started, as there seemed to be no doubt that I&rsquo;d be in tears by the end of it. Having read &lsquo;The Illicit Love of a Courtesan&rsquo; and knowing that this story was the prequel, I knew straight away what the outcome would be, but it did nothing to lessen the emotional blow, and the streams of tears that this beautifully heartbreaking story put me through. I was so excited to see Paul and Ellen&rsquo;s story, especially to see how it differed from the relationship between Ellen and Edward in the first book of the series. I worried that this might taint my perspective of Paul slightly, but thankfully it didn&rsquo;t, as Jane Lark so wonderfully created his character, one that was so different to Edward, that there couldn&rsquo;t have even been a competition. Jane Lark writes so beautifully throughout this series, and I was awed when I read this book to see how diverse her writing style is. She wrote the illicit, sensual and true love of Ellen and Edward so well that I rooted for them as a couple, and also wrote the thrill, fear, nerves and courtly love that comes with a first love so wonderfully. It was so clear as I was reading that there are so many different types of love between a man and woman, but that neither is less than the other, only different. The way in which she wrote this story really gave me insight into this, and I fell for Paul and Ellen just as hard as I had for Ellen and Edward, and intrigued to see how marriage to a soldier differed in terms of romantic elements in their everyday life. I loved the pacing of this story, especially the quick start where I found myself eagerly reading late into the night, my heart pounding as the couple attempt to outrun Ellen&rsquo;s father to Gretna Green. Even though I knew what would happen, it didn&rsquo;t stop the excitement and fear that coursed through me as I waited on tenterhooks for them to reach the town. The historical aspects of this novel, especially those of the Battle of Waterloo, were exceptionally written, they were described in a clear way, not as an information dump, but as part of the story, which had me living Ellen&rsquo;s story rather than reading it. My heart broke for Ellen as the story came to a close, and there were so many characters that I wanted to kill with my own hands for the advantage they took of such an innocent woman who was in shock and mourning. This was a superb prequel to the &lsquo;Marlow Intrigues&rsquo; Series that really packs a punch. Trust me, you&rsquo;ll need your own box of tissues for this. *Review Copy was provided by the author through Candlelit Author Services in exchange for an honest review*