I get Lucinda Brant. We are both diehard romantics at heart and when the story takes place in the early 1770’s or so it takes me to a time and circumstance that feeds my imagination.
The Roxton family saga has gone through seven books already, one of them also a compilation of letters. When I first started reading Eternally Yours the first volume of Roxton letters I was unsure how a bunch of letters would hold my interest. I should never have doubted Lucinda Brant. Eternally Yours was magical.
FOREVER REMAIN brings us into the world of the sixth duke, his duchess and their dynasty. A voyage through personal remembrances that is worth taking. A bold exciting look into the lives of the Roxton family told through a litany of personal letters which could be like listening into their conversations.
FOREVER REMAIN starts off with a letter to Dair – remember him? To Dair from his father and cracked me up. It was a scolding from his father the Earl and reminds us why the Duke of Roxton became the manager of the Fitzstuart holdings. In each letter by Lucinda Brant we delve more deeply into the wonderful Roxton world. Those who are new to the adventure will be captivated by the very concise and informative tidbits. Fans of this series will find themselves sitting back and immersed in fond memories of these characters and their stories. Like revisiting a long lost friend and I am certain that was Lucinda Brant’s intent.
But I would be shortchanging the magnitude of the story told in FOREVER REMAIN: ROXTON LETTERS VOL 2. This book definitely stands on its own. There are so many intricacies to the Roxton family and their associates. They all lived amazingly somewhat chaotic lives. So difficult to manage a somewhat normal relationship while tending to noble responsibilities. For some it obviously was unmanageable and they left the stewardship to others. FOREVER REMAIN brings to light why some made that difficult decision and why others stepped up to the plate.
Each page of the book, each letter which truly feels like a personal chat, uncovers information that was not included in the previous books about this family saga. Or in many cases answers some questions about people or circumstances mentioned in the saga. Look into the heads of the characters – what were they privately thinking or feeling.
Lord Henri-Antoine quickly became one of my favorite Roxton characters in Satyrs Son. I truly loved this story about misguided fraternity brothers and the realization that that type of behavior began many centuries ago. But most important was the evidence of caring and brotherhood and friendship that prevailed. And of course when love came into the picture life was never going to be the same. So when I realized that so many letters of FOREVER REMAIN referred to Henri-Antoine as a young boy and then onto adulthood and ultimate marriage well I was of course hooked.
As I’ve already mentioned I am a Lucinda Brant junkie. I don’t think there is a recent book of hers that I’ve missed. Lucky me. So once again with FOREVER REMAIN: ROXTON LETTERS VOL 2 Lucinda Brant has illustrated her talent in a series of letters that will command your attention. Once again Lucinda Brant has shown us why she is an undisputed master of this genre. Oh and if I may, if you have enjoyed reading the Roxton Family Saga series take a moment and look up Lucinda Brant’s Salt Bride series. Another five star series by this generous prolific author.
This second volume of previously unpublished letters from the private correspondence of the Roxton family spans a twenty-year period, from the 1760s to the late 1780s, and includes extracts from the diaries of Antonia, Duchess of Kinross, and her younger son Lord Henri-Antoine Hesham. Also included are letters by the 5th Duke of Roxton, written in the final stages of his illness, and addressed to his youngest son Lord Henri-Antoine. The volume concludes with a letter by the latter’s wife, Lady Henri-Antoine Hesham, to her mother-in-law, the Duchess of Kinross, while abroad on her bridal trip. These letters complement the later chronology of the award-winning Roxton Family Saga: Dair Devil, Proud Mary, and Satyr’s Son. With a foreword by a late-Victorian descendant, Alice-Victoria, 10th Duchess of Roxton.
Letters and diary entries (41,000 words, about 164 standard pages, not including bonus material)Connecting Books