Will the passion ignited during a violent uprising survive the rigid confines of Victorian society?
Jacob Endersley is glad to escape the confines of his family home for the exotic and dangerous beauty of India during the glory days of the Raj.
Marcus Billington, an Army officer, is tired of the stifling social mores of life in a British enclave. When the Sepoy Uprising o 1857 leads to chaos and bloodshed, the two men seek the safety of Agra and find refuge in each other.
Once the rebellion is quashed, Jacob returns to England while Marcus remains in India. They have no hope of a future together until Jacob learns that Marcus has returned to England. When they meet again, Marcus makes it clear there can be nothing between them and Jacob returns to Endersley resigned to a solitary life until Marcus arrives out of the blue and then everything changes.
Once I began this novel, I was captured. The author’s style, the elegant romance, the wonderful mix of lavish and gritty settings took me back to my dreamy days of high school when I lost myself in the wonderful worlds of Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer.
The blurb gives you the plot, I only want to share the beauty of the story and the characters.
I loved, loved, loved Jacob Endersley. So gentle, so simple, so passionate. The author painted him so very lovingly and I rode the romantic rollercoaster all the way with him until the beautiful ending.
Marcus Billington was splendid as the gorgeous fellow who captures Jacob’s heart—lock, stock and barrel—from the moment they meet. He’s the realist to Jacob’s dreamer, who wants to be together as badly as Jacob and goes to such extremes to find ways for them to meet; but, because he IS such a realist, he finds it much harder to believe a relationship—the forever kind—can ever happen for them.
Jacob is determined there is a way.
There are some moments of heartbreak during separations, particularly when the partings are prompted by Marcus’ reluctance to believe this union can happen.
It almost seems, at some points, as though our heroes have painted themselves into corners—not of their own doing, but because love between men was dangerous during this period—and yet Ms. Meade somehow creates a wonderful way to allow the men to have their dream.
Whether the two lovely, beautifully true-to-life gentlemen will take this opportunity that the author has devised…well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.
Highly recommended if you love easy yet elegant prose, achingly beautiful intimate encounters (a sensual meeting during a luscious rainstorm comes to mind), and a lavish historical setting that would do any motion picture producer proud.