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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"The Traitor" (Grace Burrowes) Release Day!


Title: The Traitor
Author: Grace Burrowes
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Romance
ISBN: 97881402294990

As a young boy, British-born Sebastian St. Clair was abandoned in France and forced to join the French army to survive. Now that the war is over, he has returned to his beloved England and is determined to live a quiet life as a country gentleman. He's struggling to make that wish come true when he falls for his elderly aunt's practical and unpretentious companion, Miss Millicent Danforth. But an old enemy threatens this new love, and plots to destroy everything Sebastian holds dear. Sebastian will have to use all of his wits if he's to hang on to his life, his honor...and Milly's love. 

"I told Miss Danforth I'd served in the French Army, but I did not tell her what went on at the Chateau. What I did was worse than that, though I've come to think perhaps I did the woman a kindness."
Michael set his drink aside. "I am not likely to be impressed with this great kindness of yours, am I? And she's a lady, not a woman."
"I kissed her, Michael."
The admission did not result in a deluge of guilt and remorse, as Sebastian had been half-hoping it would.
"She's pretty, though she tries to hide it. Any sensible woman in service hides good looks," Michael said, his tone sympathetic. "As long as we're confessing our misdeeds, you need to know I searched her room."
Old habits died hard, particularly when a fellow enjoyed indulging them—old bad habits.
"On whose authority would you violate a young lady's privacy, Michael? I cannot recall giving any such order. Or do we make war on small, defenseless women now?"
"If she's a spy, she's a damned good one," Michael said. "Six dresses, all turned at least once, each one plainer than the one before it. One pair of boots, two pairs of house slippers, not a new heel on any of them. Underlinen so thin I could practically see through it."
Michael's recitation was disinterested, but Sebastian disliked the idea that Michael—that anybody—had seen Miss Danforth's underlinen. "What else?"
"Lavender sachets, a few letter from some soldier boy, a lock of blond hair, bits of household lace, and the most unbelievable quilt you'd ever want to see."
What would Michael consider an unbelievable quilt? "Anything else?"
"Her workbasket is large and well organized. I couldn't get to her reticule because she was off seeing the sights in Chelsea. No lap desk, no jewel box, no dancing slippers." Michael took another swig of his whiskey. "Why can't you find a mistress to dip your wick? Fine English gentlemen have mistresses."
"No mistress for me."
"So, you'll dally with the companion until she realizes what you are?"
"Dally is such a frivolous word." A frivolous, wrong word where Milly Danforth was concerned, though there were no right words.

"The Traitor" by Grace Burrowes - The story of Sebastian and Milly.  This is the second book, after "The Captive".  It is the story of Sebastian St. Clair, or better known in "The Captive" as Robert Girard.  He is considered a traitor among his fellow English countrymen for fighting for the French.  Many of the English soldiers that were entrusted to his "care" during the war now wish to duel with him and extract their revenge.  He meets Milly, his Aunt Freddy's paid companion.  She is sweet, honest and doesn't judge him for his past actions.  She understands and believes it was part of the war and that the English acted no differently towards French captives.  She strives to make him believe this, just as he strives to make her believe she is worthy of happiness, despite not being able to read. I enjoyed reading their story. They didn't instantly fall in love but gradually, as they got to know each other.
Milly was a tough cookie!  Like Gilly in The Captive, she didn't let her man get away with  much.  It was nice to see Christian and Gilly in this story, although I would have liked a bit more interaction with the both of them.  As with The Captive, I found it a bit confusing at times, being that Ms. Burrowes writes as from the time period and had to re-read a section here or there, but for me, it didn't take away from the story.  I would recommend this book, especially if you like historical romances.   ✔✔✔✔
(Received ARC from NetGalley)


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.


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