The Sergeant's Lady

The Sergeant's Lady

by Susanna Fraser

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The Sergeant's Lady by Susanna Fraser

Highborn Anna Arrington has been "following the drum," obeying the wishes of her cold, controlling cavalry officer husband. When he dies, all she wants is to leave life with Wellington's army in Spain behind her and go home to her family's castle in Scotland.

Sergeant Will Atkins ran away from home to join the army in a fit of boyish enthusiasm. He is a natural born soldier, popular with officers and men alike, uncommonly brave and chivalrous, and educated and well-read despite his common birth.

As Anna journeys home with a convoy of wounded soldiers, she forms an unlikely friendship with Will. When the convoy is ambushed and their fellow soldiers captured, they become fugitives—together. The attraction between them is strong—but even if they can escape the threat of death at the hands of the French, is love strong enough to bridge the gap between a viscount's daughter and an innkeeper's son?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426890505
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 289,139
File size: 692 KB

About the Author

Susanna Fraser wrote her first novel in fourth grade. It starred a family of talking horses who ruled a magical land. In high school she started, but never finished, a succession of tales of girls who were just like her, only with long, naturally curly and often unusually colored hair, who, perhaps because of the hair, had much greater success with boys than she ever did.

Along the way she read her hometown library's entire collection of Regency romance, fell in love with the works of Jane Austen and discovered in Patrick O'Brian's and Bernard Cornwell's novels another side of the opening decades of the nineteenth century. When she started to write again as an adult, she knew exactly where she wanted to set her books. Her writing has come a long way from her youthful efforts, but she still gives her heroines great hair.

Susanna grew up in rural Alabama. After high school she left home for the University of Pennsylvania and has been a city girl ever since. She worked in England for a year after college, using her days off to explore history, from ancient stone circles to Jane Austen's Bath.

Susanna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. When not writing or reading, she goes to baseball games, sings alto in a local choir and watches cooking competition shows. Please stop by and visit her at, get to know her on Facebook at and follow her on Twitter at @susannafraser.

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The Sergeant's Lady 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, lots of excitement, highly recommend!
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JodieVt More than 1 year ago
Give me a Inn's man son and a highborn lady any day. Gone are the rakes and in are the caring, stout men. This book is brilliant. I was amazed by the way the author managed to capture the realism of the time. It's rare to find an author that manages to keep contemporaries out of it. But Susanna did it and did it well. The roles in the army and army life was portrayed well and not once was I thrown out of the book. The character arc was real and both the hero and heroine were likable. I urge you to buy this ebook - you won't be disappointed!
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All too often, historical and/or military romantic novels these days are sloppily written, with anachronistic dialogue or plot lines. I am happy to say that "The Sergeant's Lady" is not one of these stories. The characters are well-drawn,and seem real--the only exception being the heroine Anna's husband Sebastian who is just a bit too over the top in his bad behavior. I have not read Carla Kelly's books, which other reviewers have mentioned, but I will certainly look for them, as I enjoy stories set during the Napoleonic Wars, such as "Shattered Rainbows" by Mary Jo Putney and the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell. At any rate, I would definitely recommend "The Sergeant's Lady" and I would like to see more books like this and more from Susanna Fraser; she is a terrific writer!
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The Sergeant's Lady has a traditional Regency feel and is set in Spain and Portugal during the Napoleonic Wars. Both the setting and style reminded me of Carla Kelly--there are some gritty scenes of survival that are a far cry from Almack's. The H/H are thrown together when their military convoy encounters a French detachment. They flee and make their way back to the main British encampment by themselves. Forced to rely on each other, the heroine, a well-bred lady, and the hero, a smart, well-read, but wholly unsuitable sergeant in the 95th Rifles, forge a bond that rapidly develops into love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is, at heart, a story of two decent people doing their best to survive the miserable circumstances in which they find themselves. Fraser succeeds in making their class differences believable, but ultimately surmountable, given the characters of the H/H. I have no doubt that I'll be rereading this book, along with anything else that Susanna Fraser writes. If you've enjoyed Carla Kelly's recent books set during the Peninsular War (Marrying the Captain, Marrying the Royal Marine), then there's a good chance that you'll like Susanna Fraser as well.
AAR More than 1 year ago
THE SERGEANT'S LADY by Susanna Fraser is a historical romance set in 1808-1814 Spain and England. It is well written with details and depth. It is fast paced, page turner. It has romance, sensuality, military life, breaking social barriers,hardship, and true love. Can a Viscount's daughter and an innkeeper's son break the social barrier to true love....The hero, Will is a natural born soldier, a sergeant, brave, handsome, well educated, and an innkeeper's youngest son. The heroine, Anna, is beautiful, lonely,a viscount's daughter,is following her cold, controlling cavalry officer husband through Spain. She meets Will and a friend of his who is having a baby on the side of the trail. She stops to help, her husband is furious and forbids her to do so, but she does any way. After Anna's husband is killed trying to rape a village girl, Anna's cousin sends her with Will and his convoy. She only wants to go back home to her beloved Scotland, but their convoy is captured by a French patrol. The French commandant, is out to rape Anna. Will learns of this and he and she escapes and go on the run. They face hardship, cold, lack of food, patrols, and along the way love blooms. This is a wonderful story of love and facing social pressure, finally each other and breaking those barriers. I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy military, romance, true love and sweet surrender. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Carina Press and My Book Addiction and More.
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