(Marlow Intrigues, #4)
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)
Young, naïve and innocent, Lady Ellen Pembroke falls for a young army officer. Paul has such an easy enchanting smile and his blue eyes glow, vibrancy and warmth emanating from him. She is in love.
Captain Paul Harding, the sixth son of an earl, 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 a battle torn field. His sanity clings to her; something beautiful to remind him that all in the world is not ugly. She’s someone to fight for. Someone to survive for, when he is called to arms in the battle of Waterloo…
Information from Jane Lark’s Website:
This is an unusual story for me. I chose to write the prequel to The Illicit Love of a Courtesan – The Lost Love of a Soldier – because the readers who love the series asked for a prequel. But when I decided to write this, I realized I had to follow elements of a real story.
I’d made the decision when I wrote The Illicit Love of a Courtesan to use the title of a real regiment who fought in the battle of Waterloo. I chose the 52nd(Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot. So when I began this story my first task was to research the 52nd, to find out how they came to be there, and what part they played in the battle.
The 52nd returned from The Peninsular War to Britain, in the summer of 1814, two hundred years ago to the year of this novel, and therefore this became the window of opportunity for my fictional characters, Paul and Ellen, to meet.
I’ve dedicated this story to all those who serve in the military, and the families who support them.