- Upon Your Return
A French heiress, a ship’s captain, and numerous obstacles to struggle through.
Fara Bellamont has always dreamed of having adventures and discovering love.
She finds herself captivated by Captain Grant Hill who rescues her one fateful night.
Grant’s fascination with Fara must overcome social expectations, war, and lies if they are to stay together. With a long-time yearning neither has managed to achieve, the pair must fight to attain their deepest desire…Happiness.
If you like Christi Caldwell, you’re going to love the works of Marie Lavender and Upon Your Return.
She looked away. Masculine conceit was not something she wished to indulge. Men, she chided, could be so like children at times.
“Hmm...I see.” She managed a smile and looked up at him again. “I'm very grateful for your concern for my welfare.”
“A lady in distress is worth it. I was, however, worried you might be unconscious for much longer.” He frowned. “What were you doing out so late? You should know it is dangerous by the docks at night.”
“I know. I was to meet someone there.”
She nodded. “Oui.”
“Any man who directs a lady to that side of town at such an hour is either desperate or an idiot.”
She smiled. “Well, desperation comes to mind...”
“Was he a suitor?” he inquired.
Perhaps she had said too much. “Really, Capitaine Hill. I wouldn’t think it would be of interest to you.”
“Call me Grant, Mademoiselle. I merely feel this man was in some way out to do you harm.
Most civilized men would never lead you there.”
“I fear I am somewhat responsible.”
An eyebrow rose skeptically. “’Twas not your suggestion, surely.”
“No, but I wasn’t well acquainted with this man. He very well could have been crazy.”
“And no doubt conniving.”
“Yes,” she replied softly. “It seems he set me up.”
He frowned. “They were hired?”
She nodded. A long silence stretched between them, but it didn’t bother her. She was content to lie back among the pillows. Her head throbbed, and her jaw ached terribly.
The puzzle of her current situation made it worse. Was it possible Jean had hired those men to ruin her, all so he could avoid an arranged marriage as well? But that was far too much trouble. He could’ve just been honest with her uncle. Surely, he would have understood. She would too. Yet, to stoop to such lows, to be in league with ruffians, told her a lot about the man’s character. In any case, it was better she be rid of him now. Monsieur Le Croíx wouldn’t remain in town if he truly had been involved in such a crime.
Romance Gal on Amazon wrote:
Marie Lavender's -Upon Your Return, is a beautifully written love story set in the 1800’s. The relationship and trials between Fara Bellamont and Captain Grant Hill are carefully worded to capture hearts and minds.
Upon Your Return portrays the social and political struggles in France within the 1860’s. Particularly, the challenges Fara faces as a woman. The author touches upon the stirrings of feminism, classism, giving the read reality and life behind the romance.
Fara and Grant are strong, brave characters, both who defy the conventions of the time. Overcome obstacles for their love. Both characters are written with such care the reader keeps turning pages just to find out what will happen next.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance stories and appreciates good writing. It is one of those books you won’t want to put down and in the end the characters will stay with you, much like, Catherine and Heathcliff. Enjoy.
Annie Edmonds on Amazon wrote:
Marie Lavender's beautifully written love story between heiress Fara Bellamont and Captain Grant Hill captured my heart immediately. Set in 1860's France, the novel portrays the social and political struggles of that era, and the challenges Fara faces as a woman. Although a "man's world," that sphere could prove just as hard for a man not born to a position, such as Captain Hill. Despite their situations, Fara and Grant are bold enough and brave enough to defy the conventions of the time.
In Upon Your Return, the author touches upon the stirrings of feminism and uses period details judiciously, creating a sense of reality without ever boring the reader. Fara and Grant must travel a long, difficult road and overcome a lot of obstacles. We take that journey with them and hope that somehow, in the end, love will prevail.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance stories and appreciates good writing. It is one of those "rare gems."
One of those great romance books that could make a great movie. The way the author researched France in the 1860's, and then wrote a story around it was just magnificent. I couldn't put the book down. Anyone that loves a good love story with a strong woman as the main character will enjoy this book. If I could give the writer more stars for her style of writing I would..
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