Love in the time of revolution…
Zoe Ariane Donet was in love with love until she met the young commander of the royalist army fighting the revolutionaries tearing apart France. When the dashing young general is killed, she joins the royalist cause, rescuing emigres fleeing Robespierre’s Reign of Terror.
One man watches over her: Frederick West, the brother of an English earl, who has known Zo since she was a precocious ten-year-old child. At sixteen, she promised great beauty, the flower of French womanhood about to bloom. Now, as the Terror seizes France by the throat, Zoe has become a beautiful temptress Freddie vows to protect with his life.
But English spies don’t live long in Revolutionary France.
Firstly, let me just say that I am a huge fan of Regan Walker’s work and have been for a while now, I have been charmed by the most valiant warriors and been in awe over the feistiest heroines, I have been and continue to be enthralled by her magical stories. But, this could very well be the finest and the most breath-taking book that Ms. Walker has written, it is wonderous!
This is book three in The Donet Trilogy, and I do have to say that this has to be one of my favourite series’. Set in 1794, during the one of the bloodiest and most terrifying time of French history; Robespierre’s Reign of Terror and it is ten years on from where book one ‘Echo in the Wind’ left off. This time we are following the story of Jean Donet’s niece; Zoe and his wife Joanna’s brother Frederick (Freddie). I have learnt so much from this book, and anyone who has read my reviews before will know important it is to be educated as well as entertained, and Ms Walker done it again.
After the brutal death of Zoe’s beau and commander of the Royalist army in France, heart-broken Zoe wants to avenge his death by carrying on his fight. So, she joins the cause and with the help of her privateer uncle and some very trusted friends she begins rescuing those that are being persecuted or even worse those destined for the guillotine.
My goodness Zoe is one amazing young woman, you can see a lot of the stubborn, yet determined Donet gene’s going through her veins. This woman is a warrior, it’s as simple as that! I have always liked strong, independent female character’s and Zoe is by far the bravest, courageous and proudest heroine I have met. I am in awe of her, she is an incredible young woman. Zoe reminds me of the ladies from the resistance during WW2, selflessly risking so much for good. She is a vibrant, feisty and resilient young woman, who has shown she can do just the same as a man and help the cause. Can’t you tell how much, I admire this woman?
She has a huge patriotic and caring heart, she doesn’t at first see Freddie as anything other than just a friend. But then something happens very early on in the book and she suddenly see’s Freddie for the man he is. I love that moment, when her eyes are opened to him and she finally sees the handsome, cheeky man he is….Plus how can she not fall head over heels for that twinkly grin!
….Freddie raised Zoe’s hand to his lips and kissed her knuckles. His warm lips on her skin reminded Zoe of his kiss in the forest, that had caught her by surprise and forever changed the way she looked at him…
British spy, Freddie has vowed that he will protect her, he has loved her from a far for year. He has seen her grow from a tenacious ten-year-old to the proud beauty she is now, he would love nothing more than for her to look at him in the way she did her dead royalist. He vows to protect her as she follows her heart, he will put his very life on the line for her and at the same time he desperately wants her to feel the same. When he gets given his most deadly mission yet, one that could get land his head in a basket he is torn between his duty and his love for Zoe especially when they find themselves smack-bang in the middle of The Terror!
Freddie has stolen a piece of my heart away from his brother-in-law; Jean. He is so adorable, and that little nickname he has for Zoe….awww, he can melt a heart with that! He is such a soulful, charming and beautiful man. I also love how he is a little shy around Zoe which I found that to be a very refreshing trait. He is dutiful, he is proud of his work as a spy and all the good his job does. He knows that doing what he does that he may be caught and killed at any moment, but he is patriotic to the core. He is a proper hero; intelligently cunning, honourable and noble, plus highly protective about those he loves.
Freddie and Zoe are made for each other they are cut from the same cloth, I like how Walker has focused more on their personal feelings and developing their romance, which is built up around what is going on at the time. Their relationship goes from friendship to romance very subtly, yet that time is not drawn. I think it is very cleverly done and it does make their first kiss and the tender looks between them even more sensual and romantic.
…“Don’t apologise for that kiss, Frederick West. Besides,” she said, smiling up at him, “I love your kisses.” “The you shall have many more.” He took her waist in his hands and drew her close….
This is what I love about series’ is that we get to see how our favourite secondary characters are faring like Gabe; who when we met him was just a wee lad working as Jean’s cabin boy and now the cheeky chap is a leading member of his crew. I love getting to know characters like that and I still love how deeply in love Joanna and Jean are after all these years. In fact, I think they maybe even more in adorable than they were in ‘Echo in the Wind’ when we first met them. Jean is still as dashing and devilish as I remember – my goodness I do love this man! But he has got competition for my affections from Freddie and his twinkly charm.
Yet again, Ms Walker has pulled out another stunning story from her extraordinary imagination, this could very well be one of her best. A Fierce Wind is a thrilling, edge of your seat, page-turner which crackles with romance and danger. There are moments where I couldn’t turn the page fast enough, my heart was in my mouth. I needed to know what was to come next, if our couple would get their happily ever after, and if they would come out the other side of such danger. I was gripped!
The story effortlessly takes you on a mesmerizing and attention-grabbing journey, all the way towards a climatic end. As always with Ms Walker’s work this is beautifully written with vivid and engrossing historic details that are spot on as well as sensitive to the era. Plus, those of you who like the facts behind the story then the author’s note at the back is a definite must read.
I loved this and rather sad to see the end of the Donet Trilogy, I do hope that there will be more, though.
As Mary Poppins says; “Perfect in every way!”.
This was an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A Fierce Wind is to be released on 23rd August and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.