15 June 2011

The Duke's Redemption - book review

Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

The Duke’s Redemption
Love Inspired Historical 2010The Duke's Redemption (Love Inspired Historical)
By Carla Capshaw

I originally published this blog post last April, 2010.  I am reposting this review and doing a giveaway of a Kindle copy of The Duke's Redemption.

This is a historical romance rather than a historical book with romantic elements. I enjoyed it very much.

Set during the American revolution primarily at a plantation near Charleston, Capshaw does a good job at explaining how people had to travel during that time and using that in her story line (Elise is a spy). Having lived in Charleston for many years, I was a little disappointed she did not include even more of the geographic features of the area. However, this book delivered more than I was expecting, since the Love Inspired Historical line was fairly new at that time. This book definitely could compete with those from the bigger Christian publishing houses.

Capshaw has some unusual turns in this book and it is not as predictable as some books I have recently read in this genre. I especially like that she was not afraid to include, and process, an element of history that needs more light shed on it – mainly, what happens when your male relative fathers a child into slavery. Cathy Gohlke also addressed this beautifully in her book, “William Henry is a Fine Name”.

This was a great night time read, is a page turner, with good pacing and plot. If you enjoy reading historical fiction (particularly colonial), this will not let you down - surprise you with the English hero but not disappoint you!

The Colonial Quills blog has a Fiction Sampler of this book up from Monday of this week.  Check it out here http://colonialquills.blogpot.com - just scroll down to the post and happy sampling!

Giveaway: Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win a Kindle copy of this book. Oh, and Carla is giving away a paperback copy at Colonial Quills, if you prefer that!  Drawing for both is Friday morning!


  1. Nice to see someone else writing in our century and area of interest! Thanks for the great review!

  2. Visiting from Laura's blog. Thanks for the review. I was wondering about this book and would like to pick up a copy.



  3. Hey Laura and Carla, Thanks for leaving a comment! I am sure Carla Capshaw would love to have some more reviews of this page-turner.
    I guess we are only a century apart Carla! I saw your FB comment that you are in the 19th century. Laura, do you think we will eventually get there? Blessings to both of you!

  4. A wonderful, insightful review as always, Carrie! I am also disappointed when the setting is in such a historical place and not include more geographic features of the area. I recently gave a book 4 stars instead of 5, because it was in historical VA and I would have liked the author to have incorporated more of that into the storyline. My guess is that these books, being smaller, only have room for so much, so the author has to devote most of it to the plot. Anyway, looking forward to reading this book!

  5. I love historical fiction and if the story takes place in the South, I love it. Would love to read Dukes Redemption on my new Kindle my daughter gave me for Mother's Day.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

    Still can't get google to let me post comment and in trying to "Fix It" now I can't sign in on the blogs where it says "Sign In". I wish I was more computer literate..They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, well that is me.lol

  6. Another excellent review Carrie. This is the kind of book I enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win! tsmathews61@gmail.com

  7. When I read this I just wanted more!! This book sounds soooo good. I will buy it if I don't win though. Thanks for offering it for Kindle-too!
    And thanks for the opportunity to win.

  8. Well, Deborah, you won per random.org's selection! congrats and I will email you to get your Kindle copy set up! Blessings and thanks for visiting Overcoming Through Time! Carrie

  9. I loved this book! I can not wait for Carla's newest book in August, The Champion. Carla is a fantastic storyteller.


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