When Only Pride Remains
A enchanting story of love, loss and healing set in Regency England! For fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Jane Aiken Hodge and Jane Austen.
Can two estranged friends find their way back to each other…?
When her father —Major Angus Fairham — returns home from the Napoleonic wars, Prudence is excited to welcome him home to Fairham Manor.
However, tragedy strikes when Angus loses his estate to his close friend and comrade — young Captain Jack Staveley — in a drunken game of cards. Unable to face his loss, Angus takes his own life.
Distraught, Jack tries to restore Fairham Manor to Prudence, but she is too proud to accept his offer.
Overcome with grief and anger, she retreats to her aunt’s house in Bath and distances herself from her once close friendship with Jack.
But as the initial shock of her sorrow begins to dull, Prudence is soon missing the support of her most trusted confidant.
And when they once more find themselves in each other’s orbit, she must decide whether she can put aside her pride and open her heart…
WHEN ONLY PRIDE REMAINS is a historical romantic tale set in Regency England, with a feisty heroine and a moving love story at its heart
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Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.
Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.
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I found the first couple of chapters rushed through such an important event, that was the basis to how Prudence ended up at her Aunts (Lady Channing) in the first place, the card game that resulted in Angus losing his house to Jack. Much like the beginning of the book, the end also felt rushed.
I found Aunt Becky to be a breath of fresh air, she was a bundle of joy and fun and bought a lot of happiness to the people around her. I felt moved when she met Mr Jarvis and they were married as the happiness was well deserved for Becky after a lifetime of being shunned and having to run away.
The love story is more of a background story, the focus was more on Jack’s adjustment to life after the army and Prudence re-discovering her independence after her father’s death. Pru and Jack come across as stubborn which is ultimately the main reason they did not confess their love for each other sooner, in fact it was painfully obvious how they felt throughout the whole story but much like the title suggests Pride played a big role in keeping them apart.
I enjoyed the riding scenes, the author helped us to picture the countryside and even the smells around them. In a odd way it was soothing. Overall the book was an emotional roller coaster, in places the characters were frustratingly stubborn but away from the love story itself they went through journeys that not many people could have come out stronger from.
Would I recommend this book? If you want romance, wit, a roller coaster for the emotions and a quick read, then I’d definitely recommend this. It’s also great if you love regency romances, but stay clear if you think this has steamy scenes cos you’d be mistaken and will miss out as there are none.