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The Surgeon's Lady (Harlequin Historical, No 949)
The Surgeon's Lady - Harlequin Historical, No 949
Author: Carla Kelly
MARRYING THE SURGEON — As a surgeon in the Royal Navy, Lieutenant Philemon Brittle has proved his bravery countless times. But he's never known the thrill that comes with falling in love. Until he meets the beautiful Lady Laura Taunton, who has turned to nursing the wounded as solace from her unhappy past. — Philemon will need to draw upon eve...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780373295494
ISBN-10: 0373295499
Publication Date: 6/1/2009
Pages: 288
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Publisher: Harlequin
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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This is a story about the slowly developing love between two seemingly mismatched people meeting and learning about each other and themselves under difficult circumstances. She is a widow who failed to give her older husband an heir; he is a surgeon in the Royal Navy who rose above his "common" roots to educate himself. The setting is the Napoleonic war and is a sequel to Kelly's previous book, "Marrying the Captain". In fact, a couple from that book figure in this book as well so we get to see their ongoing story. Carla Kelly always focuses on character development rather than contrived plots. Her romance is subtle but satisfying. You will like the heroine and sigh over the hero who is truly a good man and perfect for her.
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This is the second book in a series of regency books featuring the Royal navy. The books are well written and historically correct. It is refreshing to find a novel where the main concern isn't that the leading lady marry a Lord. These stories feature the middle class at the time. A clever twist.
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A little slow moving but still a wonderful, sweet romance.
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One of the things I most enjoy is the fact that Carla Kelly's stories are character driven; they are ordinary folks doing extraordinary things. British surgeon, Lt. Philemon Brittle, is doing his part during the Napoleon War. The author is as much a historian as a novelist; some of the scenes are extremely realistic and graphic.

This is the second book in a trilogy about the British Navy. Philemon Brittle is a warm, caring and funny man; while Lady Laura Taunton begins as a tragic figure. Essentially, Laura is a widow who was sold (by her father) to an older lord via marriage. Laura spent several years trying to beget an heir for her husband's line to no avail. Laura is traumatized in her relationships with men; she seems bowed by her experiences. However, we soon learn that Laura has a core of steel.

Another one of the things I enjoy about this author's books is the fact that she does not explain to us what she is doing; she does it and assumes we are intelligent enough to understand. I appreciate that. Love develops between Philemon and Laura gradually, as they work together to heal the men who have been injured while fighting Napoleon. Laura also begins to heal through her interactions with Philemon, the wounded and even the autocratic head of the hospital.

This is a well-written story, well worth a reader's time.

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1. Marrying the Captain (2008)
2. The Surgeon's Lady (2009)
3. Marrying the Royal Marine (2010)