Christophi, the Count of St. Laurent, has lost his entire family to the blood-soaked French Revolution and must flee to an ancient castle along the southern border of France to survive. But the medieval city of Carcassonne proves more than a hiding place. Here Christophi meets the beautiful widow Scarlett, a complex and lionhearted woman suddenly taken by the undercover aristocrat's passion for astronomy and its influence upon his faith. Although their acquaintance begins brightly enough, when the Count learns that Scarlett is related to the man who murdered his family, he turns from love and chooses revenge. Heaven only knows what it might take for Christophi to love again, to love his enemy, and to love unconditionally.
The opening scene of this book just pulled me in, and I stayed engaged through the entire book. I became attached not only to both main characters, but also to many of the secondary characters. Jamie Carie creates beautiful romantic scenes as well as tense page-turning moments. I understand there is a historical discrepancy in the book dealing with the statue of liberty and the time frame; however, I did not notice it while reading. I read about in a review after completing the novel. It is important to have accurate facts when writing a historical novel, but that being said, Jamie Carie is a talented author. I do feel like I had gained a deeper understanding of the horrors of the French Revolution. Also, I have heard that a couple of her other books are even better than this one, and I look forward to reading those in the future.
Although I preferred The Duchess and the Dragon and Snow Angel to this one, you can always expect quality from Jamie Carie. This one was an enjoyable read- but if you haven't read the previous two I mentioned, you are missing out!
I was enjoying reading "Love's First Light", until I reached page 263 where Stacie exclaims "Isn't it the Statue of Liberty? Like the one we gave America after they won their freedom from England?" Love's First Light is set in 1789. The sculptor who created the statue was only born in 1834, and the Statue of Liberty was delivered to America in 1885.This seems to me to be a major error in research, editing, and proofreading; and this glaring oversight ruined the book for me. I know it is a work of fiction, but I think readers deserve a deeper degree of accuracy, and research. Sadly, I am not sure if I will ever read another Jamie Carie novel.
From the first page Jamie Carie will sweep you back in time to a land removed from our own. Journey to the bloody landscape of Revolutionary France. Robespierre and his mania form a secondary character that smears across the pages of this rich romance.Christophe has lost his entire family to the blood-soaked French Revolution. When he flees to an ancient castle in southern France, he hides and conducts his scientific research in relative peace...until he stumbles upon Scarlett, a war widow who regularly visits her husband's grave in the early morning hours.It amazes me how Jamie can paint such vivid pictures of places I've never visited and a time that is foreign to me. What I knew about the French Revolution prior to this book were a few dates, names and how Thomas Jefferson and other founders thought we should support the revolution. While this book does an amazing job of capturing the time and feel of that war, the romance is never sacrificed. Instead, the attraction between Christophe and Scarlett is richer because of everything that strives to keep them apart. This is another great book from author Jamie Carie. She has solidified her spot as one of my favorite historical romance authors.
Love's First Light by Jamie Carie is a touching historical romance that takes place during the dark days of the French Revolution. Christophe St. Laurent watched his entire family be guillotined under the order of Robespierre before fleeing for his life into the French countryside of Carcassonne . He lives hidden in an abandoned castle, keeping to himself and working on his scientific experiments to forget about the past. Scarlett Bonham is a young pregnant widow living hand to mouth with her mother and sister Stacia. She lost her husband, Robespierre's nephew, to the Revolution before even really getting to know him, so the feelings she has upon meeting Christophe are entirely new to her. Their romance springs up quickly and purely, but when he discovers that her child is a relative of his sworn enemy, he abandons the chance of life for a taste of revenge. Carie does a wonderful job of portraying the paranoid claustrophobia of the French Revolution when no one can be sure who is friend and enemy, as well as the horror of countless lives brutally taken in the name of freedom. The story shines whenever Christophe and Scarlett are together. Their love for each other is almost ethereal and yet visceral, healing and passionate all at the same time. However, the subplot about Christophe's experiments came and went as the plot demanded without any consistency. It was completely forgotten for pages at a time. Some plot devices were a bit hard to believe, and the ending just a bit too neatly tied up. This romance is still worth the read for the powerful scenes between its hero and heroine, as well as for its portrayal of a dark time in history.
So heres a glimpse into the book, and what I think about it:It was historical romance and it definitely took me away on a whirl of adventure and romance. I havent read a romance in a while, and this was very refreshing. I am always leery when I read Christian romances because I often find them a little dull - Ive found some of them miss the passion that mainstream carries, kwim? Jamie made sure that Loves First Light was anything but that! I was immediately drawn in by the characters and the harsh world they lived in. The primness of history and the battle within of justice! The intense situations and turmoil that surround this book will stir your heart and allow the characters to take a special place in your heart!It takes place during the French Revolution and the war is hardening both sides. I was surprised that Jamie choose a male main character for this book. I suppose there are really two main characters, but the first one is male and it was interesting to see how that made me have a different idea about the book! I loved the adventure and the depth she put into Christophe. I could really feel his torment and anguish as he cried out to God over his family.Jamie put in a lot of surprising twists I wasnt expecting, and thats tough to do! I think I am a new fan and will be excited to see what Jamie comes up with next!I think youll find this adventurous romance a heart stopping and delicious book to devour!- and one tidbit of info, There is a color-blind woman in this story, which is an extreme rarity, because though it runs in the womans genetic pool it is males who become colorblind, but they cant pass it down, only women can. IE. LadyX has 4 children 3 boys and 1 girl. The boys are all color blind, but none of their children will be; the girl is the carrier and her male children will be if she has any! Just a tidbit for the color blind world lol.