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Summer Campaign

by Carla Kelly

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    With This Ring by Carla Kelly (rsstick)
    rsstick: Carla Kelly has a gift for drawing together deeply compatible hero/heroine, who share the quality of deep kindness and caring. Each of these books has a wounded/scarred veteran.
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Blurb:Miss Onyx Hamilton is about to make what everyone agrees is a perfect marriage―until handsome Major Jack Beresford comes galloping into her life. But with his fortune and connections, Onyx knows he’d never ask for her hand, would he? New and longtime fans alike will relish this delightful romance from Carla Kelly. Charming, sweet, and full of fun, it’s simply impossible to put down. Wow, the blurb was absolutely right. I couldn't put it down.

This is another wonderful Carla Kelly story, with a war-weary, teasing rogue of a hero and a heroine who believes that marriage to a prosy, hypocritical parson is the best she can hope for. (Really, her fiance makes Mr. Collins look like an ideal husband.)

With a large cast of secondary characters, there's adventure, romance, tragedy, and healing in this lovely story. (One unnecessary and unconvincing disclosure near the end did not bother me enough to deduct even half of a star.)

Any fan of Carla Kelly will love this book. ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
It is not an easy thing to maintain suspense in a Regency romance, but Carla Kelly had me turning pages all night with Summer Campaign. It is 1813 and Major Jack Beresford, formerly of His Majesty's 45th Foot, is a veteran of a series of ghastly sieges in Spain while serving under Wellington. While all his physical wounds have healed, he is an emotional wreck. He is back in England after selling out, and can not return to his home fast enough.

Miss Onyx Hamilton is practically invisible at the beginning of the story. In fact she has worked hard to protect herself from hostile circumstances by detaching herself from them. Now she has been forced by those circumstances to accept the marriage proposal of a suitor she finds repulsive. Her fiancé has ordered her to go to the vicarage that will be their home to begin massive repairs (without the means to affect them) while he is attending a meeting elsewhere.

Major Beresford and Miss Hamilton meet on the road under dramatic circumstances. From the moment their lives intersect, their compatibility and complementary needs begin to manifest as each begins their healing journey with the support and caring of the other.

Their paths are littered with significant problems that force Jack and Onyx to face intimate feelings that would normally remain submerged. While their mutual feelings for each other grow, the obstacles to a union between them are real and significant. Will they marry? Will each suffer a lifetime of loss and regret? You will not know for sure until the last few pages.

Regrettably this book is out-of-print, but I echo Mary Balogh’s commendation on the back cover, “Summer Campaign is more than just a good Regency. It is a good book…one after my own heart.” ( )
  rsstick | Jun 19, 2010 |
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For my daughter Mary Ruth
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She was the kind of woman, he decided, who would grow more beautiful as the years passed. ... Those dear to her would know the full, blinding force of her love and devotion. Others would only wonder what her husband saw in her.
I know you are a believer in small pleasures, but at some point you may have to fling open your arms and grasp something greater.
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