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Sometimes if the book is sufficiently dull, it puts me right back to sleep. Waaif read it right through in a single sitting and wanted to read it again right after I had finished.

This book is why I read romances. I loved everything about it and had not one single, solitary quibble. Gallant Waif was as good a book as I grxcie read in a long time.

Gallant Waif by Anne Gracie — All About Romance

Major Jack Carstairs has come home from the wars with a scar on his face, and a ruined leg. Jack holes up at Sevenoaks drinking. His strong minded grandmother Lady Cahill who is worried about her beloved grandson, takes gallqnt to try and talk sense into his proud and stubborn head.

Along the way, she stops to visit Kate Fairleigh, the daughter of her goddaughter. Anbe Cahill finds Kate alone and in poverty, her father and brothers all dead in the war.

Gallant Waif

Kate was overseas in the war with her father and brothers and upon their death, she has no one, so she has plans to go into service. Kate most definitely does not want any charity from Lady Cahill. But you do not say no to a proud, imperious regency Lady and before she knows it, Kate has been kidnapped and is on her way to Sevenoaks with Lady Cahill. Jack is a mess.

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Jack and Kate are like match and tinder and their fights are a treat. But this is not a Taming of the Shrew story at all. It is as good a story about the healing of two wounded souls as I have ever read. Jack has been hurt in body by the war and in soul by the faithless Julia. Kate has her own wounds as well from the war and to go into them would spoil the story. But what Kate and Jack share is a bond of soldiers who have experienced things that mark them and draw them close.


Another scene, and one that had me in tears, was so superbly written I had to stop and re-read it. It involves Jack, his soldier friends, and even Wellington himself. I loved the characters — each and every one of them. Jack was so hurt, so prone to bluster and command, yet so fundamentally kind and loving.

And Kate was strong yet vulnerable, quick tempered and intelligent. All of the servants, even the two maids from the village are delightful personages and not simply wallpaper.

Whatever you do, please stop by the local bookstore, grocery store or wherever you buy your books and get this. Then write a letter to Harlequin and demand that whatever Anne Gracie writes be published. She is from Australia where this book was wqif published and I would hate to see her not get a contract with an American publisher.

For me there have only been a handful of truly good historical romances so far this year, but I have no qualms in saying that Gallant Waif is going to rank very, very high on my list of the Best Romances for I posted my first ever review on Amazon for this book and I just went back to Amazon for a look at all of the comments including a couple of really scathing one-star reviews.

Here is some of what I wrote in August The story of Major Jack Carstairs, recently returned from the Peninsular campaign badly wounded in body and spirit, and Kate Farleigh, who is hiding a shameful secret, is exceptionally well told. Anne Gracie writes with excellent knowledge of the period and draws her characters exceedingly well. It is very clear that she has done her research and the quality of her prose is excellent. This is a story of high emotion, courage and heroism but never slips into sentimentality.


There is sexual tension without sex scenes and the growing relationship between Jack and Kate is believable and moving.

Gallant Waif by Anne Gracie

The scene at the ball near the end of the book is one of the most highly charged, emotional and poignant scenes I have ever read in a book of this ann — it moved me to tears. Anyway, I think I need to do a re-read and see if I still agree with my review written 18 years ago or whether the ladies who write the one star reviews have valid comments. Wiaf do recall a great liking for this story and have read most of the books the author has produced since — some better than others.

Save my gallatn, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I heard raves about both books Anne Gracie has had published by Harlequin on our canwetalk discussion list.

Rarely have I been so swayed by a reader comments as I was when I read about Tallie’s Knight her other book. I was so taken that I immediately ordered both at Amazon! Buy Gallant Waif by Anne Gracie: Ellen Micheletti Review Date: April 10, Rgacie Date: A Sensuality Subtle Book Type: European Historical Romance Review Tags: Em Wittmann December 11, at 6: Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment.