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Leonie de Conyers’ life had been destroyed by the French Revolution. Her mother and brother had died in the prison where she had been raped and starved for no greater crime than her father’s title. And her father had died in the escape engineered by an utter stranger, who claimed he had come to bring her to England where she would inherit the property and wealth of an unclLeonie de Conyers’ life had been destroyed by the French Revolution. Her mother and brother had died in the prison where she had been raped and starved for no greater crime than her father’s title. And her father had died in the escape engineered by an utter stranger, who claimed he had come to bring her to England where she would inherit the property and wealth of an uncle. After what had happened to her, did Leonie dare to believe in such altruism?Roger St. Eyre’s life had been destroyed by the girl he fell passionately in love with. Solange did not love him; she was selfish and vicious and extravagant. By the time she died, Roger felt dead himself. Perhaps he was hoping for the peace death brings when he set out to wrest his old friend Henry de Conyers from the murderous grip of the French Revolution.Instead Roger and Leonie both found love and reasons to live—if they could escape exposure to the revolutionary fanatics ... and their favorite toy, the guillotine....

Title : The English Heiress
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ISBN : 9780440121411
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 379 Pages
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The English Heiress Reviews

  • Lisa Kay
    2018-11-03 12:18

    This book is one of my favorite historical romance stories of all time. It has jostled from my number one, above all others, on only a few occassions since I first read it in the 1980’s. I love both the hero and heroine. Roger is not the typical rake needing reforming, he is a man who – after an emotionally abusive relationship with his first wife – doesn’t realize what a wonderful hero he is. He is not all that dark and brooding (though I love those type too), he is just you’re average handsome, intelligent, honorable English gentleman trying to help a lady get out of a jam. (Well, he does get angry a couple of times, but these result in passion.) Best of all, Leonie is a heroine that can hold her own alongside him.What makes this story stand out is the setting and circumstance. The hero and heroine are trapped in a war torn country (French Revolution) with no way to marry, yet living as a married couple (with a sexual relationship - he’s not that insanely, unrealistically honorable!). I like the way Gellis lets the reader into the characters’ thoughts. Sometimes these thoughts are the correct assumputions about another person's feelings, sometimes they are not. What Gellis does is let these mistaken assumptions, at times, squash - not lead to - a potentional conflict before it starts, bringing a smile to this reader's lips. Instead, Gellis relies on the situation to add conflict to their relationship not any contrived misunderstanding that could be cleared up with a little discussion. After all the angst, the ending is the laugh out loud funny, sweet, and totally in character for both the H&h.(view spoiler)[For the longest time this was the only book in which I ever approved of a rape scene (I prefer my heroine’s pure, and I hate rape scenes). The act itself, for anyone who has read anything about rape, is one of power and hate - in this case during war time - not lust. This fact is reinforced by Marot looking at Leonie’s father, helpless to intervene, while he (the villain) defiles Leonie. For Leonie, this act creates not a tragic victim, but a stronger person who truly rises above it to become a survivor; at the same time, when confronted with the villain again, she can summon her own emotions in a controlled manner to seek vengeance against the man who symbolized the destruction of her world. It’s believable. (hide spoiler)]One complaint: What happened to the little dog that is such an indispensible part of the story? I know she got on the boat, but then what?Revised 3/25/11.

  • Misfit
    2018-11-04 10:11

    This is the first in Gellis' Heiress Series and begins during the French Revolution. The De Conyers family home ransacked, the women sexually abused and now imprisoned by the revolutionaries, Roger St. Eyre is sent into France to rescue the De Conyers family and bring them home to England (they are half French/half English). The only member of the De Conyers family to make it out of prison alive is Leonie and she and Roger flee for Paris in an effort to find a way out of France and end up unable to leave the city and masquerade as French citizens as the revolution swirls around them until they are finally unwillingly drawn in to a plot to rescue Marie Antoinette and the young Dauphin. Of course love blooms (it _is_ a romance novel), although in typical Gellis style the misunderstandings keep the couple from avowing their true feelings until the final payoff at the end. Roger was always harping to himself he had no right to ask for the hand of such a wealthy heiress (he’s a younger landless son) and Leonie always worried about how she let a prison guard “use her” and that Roger would think she’s a “whore” just got a tad bit old after a while.Although I do love Gellis, this is one book of hers that just didn't rock my boat. The retelling of the revolution and The Terror was just a bit too dry for me, and I think Gellis would have been better served to lighten the story up a bit more and keep her tongue firmly planted in her cheek - at least with the relationship between Roger and Leonie. She finally did that in the last 50 or so pages and things became quite fun leading up to the final payola (that was a cute scene), but wading through the first 300 + pages to get there was just a bit too long for this reader. 3/5 stars.The next two in the series,The Cornish HeiressThe Kent Heiress

  • Dorian
    2018-10-26 05:12

    This is a historical romance set during the French Revolution - not a period I'm especially interested in, but I enjoyed the book.The hero and heroine are both a bit broken, the hero because his (now dead) wife was selfish, extravagant, unfeeling, and frigid; the heroine because she has been imprisoned, raped, and forced to prostitute herself, plus her mother and younger brother have died in their imprisonment. They meet when the hero comes to France seeking her father, who has unexpectedly inherited an Earldom, and finds the first thing he has to do is organise a jailbreak.Things proceed more or less as you might expect, given this is 1791-93 in France. Lots of excitement and a fair few sticky situations alternate with the usual sorts of misunderstandings (or sometimes cause them!) to ensure that the course of true love does not run smooth until the end of the book.The fixing of the characters' brokenness is achieved perhaps a bit too easily, but then, this is a light, fluffy romance story - a feel-good read, not an angst-fest.Overall, a very enjoyable book for a sunny afternoon.

  • Dar
    2018-10-26 07:16

    Life is too short for boring books!After reading both leads back story and current situation, realized I really didn't care enough about them to find out their story

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-02 10:26

    I read it for the romance, but enjoyed it for the historical detail. I’m particular about my historical fiction. Fictionalized accounts of real historical figures tend to drive me crazy (though there are exceptions, see Loving Frank), but history told through the lives of minor or fictional characters I enjoy. When the detail is on accurate, it can help provide a contextual understanding for history. This romance is set in France during the Revolution. The revolt has started but Louis the XVI is still alive when the story opens. Our hero is an Englishman, Roger, second son in a noble family who became infatuated with and then married a vacuous French woman, Sophie, who has recently passed away. His father is appointed executor for the estate of a friend whose heir is in France. Roger decides he needs an adventure and sets forth to France seeking said heir. {warning - violence against women discussed next}Leonie is the daughter of the heir, de Conyers who married a French woman, Marie, and apparently became a minor member of the French Aristocracy (never quite clear to me). As the revolution unfolds, a peasant (Jean-Paul) from their village seizes control and vows to seek vengeance against de Conyers (who’d actually treated him well relatively speaking). He orchestrates the gang rape of Leonie and her mother, Marie, in front of Henry and then imprisons the family. Marie and her son never recover and die during the imprisonment. Leonie remains strong and one’s view of her reaction will largely dictate whether one likes the book. Despite the horrifying crime against her, Leonie refuses to play the victim. She adopts an almost zen-like mindset of that which has not killed her makes her stronger. She refuses to let the criminals win. She owns it. Despite the horror of what happened, she owns herself and her sexuality. It was awful, but she is strong.And she bounces back even though the man charged with guarding her, Louis, claims her as his mistress and she pleasures him to save her family. She survives because she owns herself. And she wants love and believes she deserves it. {spoiling it here}And that’s where Roger comes in. He orchestrates a rescue that leaves Leonie’s father dead. Roger and Leonie flee to Paris where the romance between the two begins to unfold. Throughout, each is uncertain. Roger believes himself to old for her and also that Leonie has been so violated that she would never want a man. Leonie wants to experience love but fears that Roger will grow tired of her. Their romance plays out against prison riots, the “trials” and execution of royalists, a war with Prussia and the lock down of Paris.The author captures what the residents of Paris would have experienced at the time. Even though the ebook is 1000 (yes 1000 pages) long, it was hard to put down. I won’t reveal more because I don’t want to give everything away. Is Leonie’s response to what happened to her realistic? I don’t know, but dang she owns it. After reading the book I glanced at comments by other readers and some found her too perky, etc. Although she was chipper at times, at the end I disagree. Rape is a crime that has been used as a weapon of war for time immemorial. There were minor things about the author’s writing style that niggled at me but I got over it. For example, the point of view seemed to jump mid scene. I’d have to reread and ask which character’s head am I in now? Annoying, but forgivable. If you like historically rich romance or fiction, and can get past the violence, it’s a good read.

  • ~Leslie~
    2018-10-28 07:27

    What to say about this book. Really meticulous historical detail. Plucky heroine who rises above seeing her mother raped, her brother killed and being raped herself. Then keeps her father safe by having sex with one of her guards. But she's such a happy girl and so resourceful. A family friend comes to rescue her and her father from France and they end up in Paris as the revolution is beginning. He is so much older and she is so young and brave, how can he have sex with her? But of course he does as they must act like husband and wife to survive. The book moves along pretty quickly until 3/4 of the way through and then bogs down in details of the situation in Paris and their attempts to escape and descriptions of their relationship.

  • Deborah Bowman
    2018-11-13 07:36

    Not bad.A little too predictable

  • D.S. Williams
    2018-11-17 10:37

    Unfortunately, I didn't find this book particularly exciting. Whilst it was an okay story, I felt the author had stretched it out... and out... and out... until I was skimming pages to get to the end. The author has a great talent, but I didn't find the pace was enough to get me really engrossed in the story. The main characters were good, but unfortunately I didn't feel the romantic tension in them other than in the first couple of chapters.

  • Betsy
    2018-11-14 07:35

    I learned more about the French Revolution and the aftermath in Paris than in all my history classes combined. Is it possible to make Roberta Gellis romances required reading in school? Way more information than Les Miserables! This is a fascinating tale. My biggest issue was that the PDF version I was reading only allowed my Nook to read at a font size of approximately 6. It was very difficult to lose yourself with that level of eyestrain.

  • JoAnne
    2018-11-08 05:22

    This was a historical set in England and France. It was an interesting read and kept my attention. I liked both Roger and Leonie and their chemistry as well as Roger's family and Pierre. Many of the Frenchman I could have done without but that's where the majority of the story took place.I have not read books by this author before but look forward to reading others especially in this series since it's book one.

  • Gail
    2018-10-27 04:34

    I first read this book years ago, and absolutely loved it. It may have been one of the first Gellis books I read. Anyway, it's wonderful--the one where the hero rescues the heroine in France and they hide in Paris during the worst of the Terror, while he works as a gunsmith. I still love it.

  • Liza
    2018-11-07 10:24

    Tediously long (in regards to the historical detail, which was actually quite interest; it made the book worth reading), but I can honestly say I enjoyed it. I've bookmarked her other books, but unfortunately none are available at the library or as free downloads.

  • Kimmie
    2018-10-31 12:30

    Excellent book. Set in the late 1700's in France during the French Revolution. The characters were captivating and the story moved right along. Thank goodness for the dictionary setting in my Kindle b/c the language depicted the times.

  • April
    2018-11-11 11:10

    DNFUsually enjoy this author's works but the characters just didn't interest me enough to continue.

  • Seema
    2018-10-31 06:08

    Well written in terms of historical details..good characterisation but didn't quite like the relationship between the hero and heroine.

  • Cindy
    2018-10-26 08:08


  • Lynne Harrison
    2018-10-30 09:07

    It has been many years since I read Roberta Gellis. I think my problem with this one was that Ms. Gellis did not write the plot I wanted; she wrote her own, and I kept trying to make it change.

  • Rose
    2018-11-06 12:34

    Ugh, this was disgusting. Don't bother.

  • Marj
    2018-10-31 09:28

    I'm rereading after many years. Love Gellis!!

  • Shannon Donnelly
    2018-10-27 05:16

    I loved the history in this story -- that's what made the story come alive. Great details on life in Revolutionary France.