Thursday, May 30, 2013

Book review: Sweet Madness (Veiled Seduction #3) by Heather Snow

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There’s a fine line between love and insanity.

An Untamed Mind

Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has committed herself to studying the maladies of the mind, particularly treating traumatized soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. It is this expertise that brings the Marquess of Bromwich’s family to her door.

Gabriel Devereaux’s unexpected and unpredictable episodes are unlike any Penelope has studied. The once proud soldier has been left shaken and withdrawn, but she manages to build a fragile trust between them. Strangely, Gabriel seems completely lucid when not in the grips of his mania, and in the calm between bouts, she is surprised by how much she is drawn to him.

Despite his own growing feelings, Gabriel knows that he is fit for no one, and is determined to keep Penelope away from his descent into madness. But even though she knows firsthand the folly of loving a broken man, Penelope cannot stop herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost.

This is book 3 in the Veiled Seduction series. I previously read book one so i knew some of the secondary characters in this book which was helpful but you can read this as a stand alone and be fine. Unfortunately PTSD is something we hear about a lot these days but it's not really a new thing. It's been around for a long time and Heather Snow presents it in Sweet Madness as Gabriel Devereaux struggles with what looks and feeling like total madness or lunacy and they called it back then. Fortunately for him Lady Penelope Bridgeman who was married to his cousin (before he took his life) and knows him well takes it upon herself to try and cure him.  She steals him away from the private sanatorium he placed himself in so she can help him without interference. Slowly Penelope uncovers where his fears  have come from and he begins to heal.  Gabriel has had a thing for Penelope since he first met her, but now with his current condition he is torn between what he wants and what he should do.  As they work through both Penelope's fears and Gabriel's they start a passionate affair. It all falls apart though when Gabriel is made to come to London for a lunacy hearing to see if he is crazy or not. On the cusp of that Penelope gets a major breakthrough and things look good and they have a solid plan. Then the worst thing happens and it looks like it's over for good. This book is full of passion and solid characters. You can feel the strife in both Penelope and  Gabriel and they work through there issues. Your heart hurts because even though this is a work of fiction people have long suffered from the ravages of war. Heather Snow is a new historical author but she writes solid, smart, strong women and matches them with men with a need to protect and nurture. It's a pleasure to read and make your heart think along with your head. Truly brilliant. 4 out of 5 stars for Sweet Madness by Heather Snow.

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Heather Snow is donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Hope for the Warriors Hope For the Warriors. An organization dedicated to “restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.” 
ps. I checked out the website last week and bought a couple of t shirts for my husband and I. We're both Desert Storm vets and like to support veteran charities when we can. If you can't afford much but want to do something the t shirts are only $5.50 plus shipping. I bought 2 and 2 pins for $1 a piece and with shipping was only about $20. My items arrived at my door in two days and the t shirts are nice.

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