Hiding in the shadows just got harder.
When tragedy strikes, Juliana and her family must flee their home. Can they persuade a virtual stranger to help them? Juliana isn't so sure, especially after their chaperone threatens to cane him. Even as Juliana struggles to trust him, she finds herself drawn to this mysterious man. Surely all she wants from him is refuge…
Rupert is a man whose life depends on his ability to remain unnoticed. What, then, is he supposed to do with this family he's inherited? His life is overrun with an ancient chaperone who would terrify a lesser man, two spirited girls, and the secretive Juliana – someone he comes to think of as his own precious jewel.
With this new responsibility thrust upon him, Rupert will have to make sacrifices – but will God ask him to sacrifice everything?
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A year or two ago, I came across the first book in the Regency Refuge Series by Heather Grey, called His Saving Grace. It contains one of my all-time favorite romantic scenes, which, unfortunately, I cannot reveal because of its importance in the story. Needless to say, however, I was thrilled to discover that the series now has a second and third book. (There was only one book when I discovered the series and I have not been keeping track of the author). This second and slightly longer book is called Jackal.
In Jackal, Juliana is desperate. Because of her uncle’s death, she and her much-younger sisters are thrown out of their home and forced to find their new guardian, a man by the name of Rupert. Juliana is hunted by dangerous men while Rupert is hunted by a man even more dangerous, The Hunter. Will they learn to trust one another before their enemies catch them?
Jackal is the kind of book I like—a bit of romance mixed with danger and set in a time and place far from here and now. The novel moved quickly and intrigued me the entire time. If it was not the developing romance between Rupert and Juliana, it was the revelation of the next part of the mystery.
I enjoyed the sweet romance. The way Juliana and Rupert learned to love each other as they spent time together doing the things of daily life was beautiful. I also loved watching Rupert and Juliana learn to trust one another. I would not have been easy considering the weight of the responsibilities and dangers that trust would reveal.
The Hunter was a mystery to me. I could not guess who he was. However, that might have been because The Hunter’s identity was a man who had only been mentioned once or twice. I wish the author had done a better job of giving the readers a way to guess.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend this sweet romance.