Saving the Soldier’s Heart by Jane Beckenham is the second book in the Emerald Quest Trilogy, although it can be read as a stand-alone. And read it should be. With her beautiful turn of phrase and clever plotting, Ms Beckenham has created a real winner.
Personally, I'm a sucker for independent heroines, and it was my pleasure to get to know Maggie Francis, the protagonist of this story. The hero is a damaged man, and while I prefer my book crushes to be irresponsible bad boys, I found myself drawn to Clayton's quiet strength and bravery.
Whether it's laughter or tears you want in a romance, flirty humour or depth of emotion, you will find it in this book. You will find space to philosophize about the pointlessness of war. And you will find yourself glued to your seat, not even aware you're turning the pages.
From the blurb:
Maggie Francis has survived four years of horror of the Great War. She has lost her family and her home. She takes on the position of caring for a recovering soldier at stately Bellerose Manor.
Lord Clayton Abbott doesn't care about the title, nor his beautiful manor house which unbeknownst to them holds many family secrets.
All Maggie wants is peace and quiet while Clayton is desperate for the demons of war that revisit every night to disappear. But the discovery of a mysterious diary and the mention of emerald treasure draws them closer. Will they survive the events that follow?