Through the Fire

Through the Fire

by Elizabeth Johns

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Overview

When two people have walked through fire, can love bring the healing and help they need?

Spurned by love, Lady Margaux Ashbury has no use for the other eligible gentlemen of London. Despite her beauty, her sharp tongue soon earns her a reputation as a dragon. Convincing her parents to let her retreat to their Scottish estate, a home for abandoned young women, Margaux feels she can do something meaningful with her life. At their wits' end, her parents believe a few months in seclusion will teach her to appreciate her privileged existence, and accept the next gentleman of worth who offers for her. Margaux has no plans to yield. But neither she nor her parents bargain for the proximity of the gorgeous, blue-eyed Scotsman on the neighbouring estate.

Gavin Craig, content with his life as a country doctor, is unexpectedly thrust into the world of aristocratic society after the accidental deaths of his brother and nephews. With all the duties his new title entails, and his adoption of three orphans, Gavin desperately needs a wife. She should preferably be a lady, trained since birth to manage a noble house, servants and family. His former disdain for a marriage of convenience has been rapidly overcome by the colossal task of learning to run a large Scottish barony. One lovely candidate is right next door ... except that she's inexplicably determined to be a spinster...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158057687
Publisher: Elizabeth Johns
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Series: Series of Elements , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 295
Sales rank: 342,921
File size: 411 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth was first captured as a reader, as many are, by Jane Austen. Austen’s clever wit and unique turn of phrase hooked her when “forced” to read Pride and Prejudice as an assignment. Elizabeth leads a busy life with careers as a mother and in the medical field, but squeezes reading in whenever possible. She began writing when she ran out of her favorite author’s books and tried her hand. During their last summer together, Elizabeth would sit on the porch swing and read her stories to her mother, a retired English teacher, who encouraged her to continue writing. Elizabeth makes no pretensions to Austen’s wit, but hopes you will perhaps laugh and find some enjoyment in her writing.

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Through the Fire 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was good easy to get caught up in plot a iittle mystery as well
mara1108 More than 1 year ago
Lady Margaux Ashbury has resigned herself to a life without marriage. She speaks her mind which is frowned upon among society, and wants to spend time at her parents estate in Scotland, where she can help with the home for abandoned young women. Bordering their property is the home of a most handsome blue-eyed gentleman. Gavin Graig, who enjoyed his life as a country doctor, but now finds himself navigating society since the deaths of his brother and his family. He's also recently adopted three orphans, so to say he's in dire need of a wife is a bit of an understatement. His wife needs to know how to manage a household, servants, and the children. He's never wanted a marriage of convenience but he doesn't have time to find love with all his new responsibilities running a barony--he has so much to learn. There just so happens to be a beautiful woman next door--if only she wasn't determined to be a spinster. This is a marriage-of-convenience-turns-to-true-love story, but Margaux and Gavin weren't total strangers. They had a little history, because the people they had previously courted ended up marrying each other! The term trial by fire certainly applies to this couple. They agree to a marriage of convenience with some rules that they both agreed to, but on their wedding night there's a fire at Margaux's family's estate and the home for the young women which is also on the estate grounds. Gavin saves Margaux, but she suffers from severe smoke inhalation and some burns. Gavin, being a doctor lovingly cares for Margaux and wants the culprit(s) behind the fires found. I loved this story. The care that Gavin gives Margaux while she's recuperating, and how he will do whatever he needs to to keep her safe from any future attacks. We can tell what kind of man Gavin is at the beginning of the book when he adopts three orphans. He was happy being a country doctor and never wanted to be a part of society, but if he had not become Baron Craig he wouldn't have been there to save Margaux from the fire and care for her injuries. Margaux was a woman before her time. She didn't fit in with London's society, and she didn't want a marriage of convenience, and her parents refused to let her live at a convent, but she because of society at that time she really couldn't live independently. She had a kind heart and truly cared about the girls at the home. I couldn't wait for these two to finally admit their feelings to each other. I can't say much about the villian(s) in the story without giving away who it is, but I was surprised by who it was. This is my first book by this author and I loved this story, and look forward to reading the books about the other sisters, Anjou and Beaujolais (Jolie). I loved the nicknames for the triplet sisters--Fire, Wind and Ice.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
It took me about a third of the book until I really felt myself getting lost in the story. But once I was there I didn’t want to come out. I found this book to be a pretty quick read but with a lot going on. I think part of the reason it took me awhile to get into it was the names of the girls, I wasn’t sure how to pronounce them it was kind of distracting. But I got over that. This was a very interesting read that I enjoyed. A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
Christi Flores More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Gavin and Margaux are characters that you instantly fall in love with and root for from the very beginning. Your heart breaks as you grieve with Gavin and you can sympathize with both Margaux and Gavin as they experience the growing pains of adjusting to a new life. I won't give any of the story away, though that is incredibly hard to do, but it is engaging and incredibly easy to read. Sometimes with regencies it's hard to relate to that time period but I did not feel that way with Through the Fire. Elizabeth Johns has a way of fleshing out her characters, making them come alive and become beautifully relatable. The story flowed from page to page and it was an enjoyable read for me. The only thing that bothered me were several characters that appeared in the story that did nothing to add to the tale as a whole. I can see the parts with these characters being confusing to readers since they do not belong and left me a little confused myself. It is also predictable but most regencies are so that doesn't bother me that much. What can I say, I am a sucker for a happy ending.
L_Lindsey More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed the novel after I pushed myself through the beginning. The setting of the stage was too blunt and often referred to minor characters as if the reader should know them and their history. That said, once the story line thrust forward into twists and turns it completely engaged me. I loved the vulnerability of the primary characters and the development of true love was perfectly done. Knowing now more of Elizabeth's style I'm looking forward to reading more of the series.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
This is truly a traditional Regency Romance as are the next two in the series--yup--I have already bought and read all 3 in this series I loved this one so much! I will be reviewing the next two over the next couple of weeks. The only thing that confounded me was that the Preface is almost exactly the same in each--as are the first chapters. But once you get past that the story lines are not similar at all. Unlike the three woman who are identical triplets. Margaux wants to join a nunnery--she really does not wish to marry. Of cour5se her parents will have none of it but they do concede to let her go to their Scottish retreat--where they hope she will become bored------She meets up with Gavin there-an MD--but has recently been informed that he is now a peer of the realm. He adopts three orphans. He wants to get married about as much as Margaux--but begins to realize he really has no choice. The country folk don't take to Margaux--until that fateful day when fires break out--then the culprit is drawn out. You will not believe who it is!! If you enjoy Regency Romances--you will love the novels of Elizabeth Johns.
hmgreen More than 1 year ago
Pride and Prejudice meets Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. Strong characters. Twists and turns. Suspense and mystery. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was because I didn't feel like the MC's had spent enough time together before thinking they had fallen in love. There wasn't enough interaction between them to believe they were anything more than friends by the end. Clean. Also, the beginning was confusing with so many character names thrown at you all at once. And then there was the French...That made setting the stage for the story difficult for me. I would probably read this one again and am interested in the other books in the series. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had mixed feelings at first, but by the middle I was hooked. I'd always liked Dr Craig, and I really enjoyed getting to know Margaux. Also, the treatment and inclusion of unexpected loss of beauty. Nice, clean read. Bit more passionate than the five that preceeded it though, with the exception of the Waterloo novel.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Captivating Regency romance! I really enjoyed, Through the Fire, nicely written by Elizabeth Johns. She never disappoints me, I could not put it down. In this story, we meet again, her character Gavin Craig, whom we met in Seasons of Change, of the Loring-Abbott series. Though, Through the Fire, can stand alone. Gavin, is a charming Scotsman and country doctor, who suddenly becomes the guardian of his brother's children Seamus, Catriona and Maili. He doesn't want to take a chance of loving again, but he's in serious need of a wife, the little girls Catriona and Maili, need a maman! That's when Margaux, one of the beautiful Ashbury triplets, enters his life, a lady determined to stay single. Gavin offers to Margaux a marriage of convenience! Will love do it's magic? Will their friendship evolve to make bloom a beautiful passion? I recommend this well written and beautiful story of hope and second chance! This story is so romantic! Through the Fire, is the 1st story in the Series of Elements! Reading next Ice!
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Through the Fire by Elizabeth Johns A Series of Elements Book One Dr. Gavin Craig had loved and lost. So he closed his heart and decided to never love again. Foolish man, you can't hide from love. When he goes from being the second son and country doctor he loves to taking over the family barony...everyone seems to be in his business to inform him he now needs a wife. Lady Margaux, one of three beautiful triplets, is done with love. Done with Society. Done with London. She is going to be a spinster and live in their estate in Scotland. Yes, she was going to be an independent woman. Seems small villages do not take well to beautiful independent women that have nasty rumors started about them. Gavin and Margaux each have a problem. And the solution could be that they help each other. Only that doesn't work for her as she will only marry for love...unless things get so bad she has no other choice. The reader can read (and fall in love with Gavin) in book two of the Loring-Abbott series: Season's of Change. Their story of love lost and found begins there.