Since the Surrender (Pennyroyal Green, #3) by Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green #3
Published by Avon on July 28, 2009
Good Addition to the Series
SINCE THE SURRENDER is the third book in the Pennyroyal Green series. Captain Chase Eversea met Rosalind March when she was married to his superior during the war. The two behaved in a dishonorable fashion and the two haven’t seen one another in five years. Now Chase is living with having been wounded on the battlefield and Rosalind is a widow. Rosalind seeks out Chase when her sister goes missing. The two work together to solve the mystery while discovering one another.
I liked the difficulty of the relationship between these two. Here are two honorable people who struggle with the guilt of having acted improperly. The clear fresh language of the novel makes the book go quickly. The characters are strong and well defined.
While this book is part of a series, it is certainly not necessary to have read the previous books to enjoy this one.
Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2) by Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green #2
Published by Avon on October 28, 2008
Meanders for a While But Has A Beautiful Ending
LIKE NO OTHER LOVER is the second book in the Pennyroyal Green series. It is the story of Miles Redmond who is instantly attracted to Cynthia Brightly but when he overhears her disparaging his prospects as a second son, he is disillusioned. They meet for the first time at a house party at the Redmond home. Cynthia is desperate because her plans to make a advantageous marriage has collapsed around her and she is fleeing rumors from London.
I really liked the developing relationship between Miles and Cynthia. Their qualities are revealed so that two people who seem to be opposed to one another are actually shown to be similar to one another. Long does a great job working the relationship in the story. The twists and turns are complex and thus the resolution is particularly satisfying.
My only complaint is that the story seems to stall a little bit as we get into Cynthia’s other suitors. For about seventy-five pages I just wanted the plot to advance. But by the end of the book, that part feels very insignificant.
While having some knowledge of these characters from the previous book adds some to the story, a reader that chooses to skip the first book will have no problem understanding this book.
The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green, #1) by Julie Anne Long
Series: Pennyroyal Green #1
Published by HarperCollins e-books on October 13, 2009
Funny and Emotional Journey of Self-Discovery
THE PERILS OF PLEASURE is the first book in the Pennyroyal Green series. It is the story of Colin Eversea, a reckless man, who is convicted of murder and sentenced to hang only to be rescued at the last moment. Colin meets Madeleine Greenway whose brazen and bold plot saves Colin. The two end up on an adventure to prove Colin’s innocence and stop the wedding of the woman Colin has loved most of his life and Colin’s brother.
This is the first book I have read of Julie Anne Long’s and I really enjoyed it. The book balances humor, adventure but also poignant moments. The scene where Colin and Madeleine make love is one of the most beautiful that I have read. The language of the book is fresh and interesting and while the plot of going on the run to prove one’s innocence has been done numerous times, the amazing array of characters and the twists in the story kept me reading.
I recommend this book and look forward to the others in the series.