I had heard quite a bit about Broken Wing when it first came out. Almost all of it was good with several people comparing it to the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop (which is an all time favorite of mine). I had wanted to pick the book up and see for myself but could never find it in a bookstore when I wanted to read it. So when the opportunity came to get a copy to review I snatched it up fast. I then proceeded to devour it in about a total of thirty-six hours. There are not enough awards to throw at Ms. James for this wonderful book. Do yourself a favor. If you love romance, a wounded hero, a smart caring heroine, and exotic locales then you need this book.
Gabriel St. Croix has had the kind of life that would drive a lesser man to suicide, undiluted cruelty, or a complete lack of morals or conscience. Instead, he protected a boy very similar to himself from a horrible fate in a Parisian brothel. When the boy James’ family comes to take him home, he insists that Gabriel must come with them. Sarah Munroe is so grateful to Gabriel for doing so much for her brother, protecting and caring for him. She happily brings him into her life, wanting to help Gabriel and be his friend. As time passes, they do become friends and fall in love. In order to be worthy of Sarah, Gabriel embarks on a journey as a privateer with Sarah’s cousin to make his fortune. While away, he is swept out to sea and thought dead. Will he ever be able to find his way home to Sarah?
This was an epic romance, with all the joy of watching two people who deserve love discovering it. I was happy to see the comparison to Ms. Bishop was quite right in my estimation. I was also reminded of Bertrice Small’s Skye O’Malley series but without the heartbreak. The writing style was beautiful, lyrical in fact and a pleasure to read. This book has a permanent home on my keeper shelf.
Book Blurb for Broken Wing
Set during the chaotic beginnings of Napoleon's rule, this saga tells the story of Gabriel St. Croix, a street survivor searching for a place to belong. Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, he has never known friendship or affection. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy façade, his only relationship is with a young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality of their environment. But all that is about to change. The boy's family has found him, and they are coming to take him home. Sarah Munroe blames herself for her brother's disappearance. When he's located, safe and unharmed despite where he has been living, Sarah vows to help the man who rescued and protected him in any way she can. With loving patience she helps Gabriel face his demons and teaches him to trust in friendship and love. But when the past catches up with him, Gabriel must face it on his own. Becoming a mercenary, pirate, and professional gambler, he travels to London, France, and the Barbary Coast in a desperate attempt to find Sarah again. On the way, however, he will discover the most dangerous journey and the greatest gamble of all is within the darkest reaches of his own heart.
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