Renegade sea captain Ryan Coleraine is persuaded to accompany the adventurous Raveneau family to Regency London to spy for America during the War of 1812. The sardonic Coleraine must take the place of their son, who is in the West Indies, and pretend to be a fop. Lindsay Raveneau, a beautiful and independent bluestocking, finds herself with a "brother" who challenges and arouses her in the most unsettling ways...
Danger, intrigue, and forbidden passion mount as Ryan and Lindsay carry their daring masquerade to the elegant drawing rooms of Regency society. Adding to the tensions are Lindsay's parents - Andre and Devon Raveneau from Silver Storm - who must attempt to chaperone their daughter and her " brother" under their own roof!
©1987, 2012 Cynthia Challed (P)2014 Cynthia Challed
This audio book ranks highly as do all the audio books I have of Cynthia Wright's that are narrated by Emily Beresford. Author and Narrator make the perfect team because Cynthia writes the perfect story, and Emily puts the voices to the characters that really brings them to life. It was a real pleasure to listen to this story.
One of the most memorable moments for me is when Ryan and Lindsey share their first kiss. There are many memorable moments in the book, but to say anymore would be to give too many spoilers.
I have only listened to Emily's narrations of Cynthia Wright's books. Each of them as I mentioned before are perfect. Emily is definitely one of my favourite female narrators.
I would have loved to have listened to this book in one sitting but as it is over 10 hours long, there is no way I could have done it. I listened to it over 3 nights and the two nights that I had to turn it off I really didn't want to.
I recommend this audio book, a wonderful story, beautifully and clearly narrated, and a pleasure to listen to.
"I LOVE The Raveneau Novels! Fabulous!"
What made Surrender the Stars most enjoyable for me was the way the story was continued. It was perfect. It went in the right direction and I really want to continue with this series. This is a genuinely delightful story.
Considering that I'm new to the historical romance genre, I don't know what I would compare it to. I'm very pleased to be introduced by Cynthia Wright into this genre with such a great start.
All of the scenes were my favorite. I take in the story as a whole. I love the setting, the characters, and the adventure. I especially love the dialogue. The characters are all so individualized and so well rounded.
The romance between Lindsay and Ryan is so dynamic. It takes me back to that place and time in history and into the lives of these people that I have come to love. Ohhh, I just love this story.
Emily Beresford is such a wonderful voice actor. After listening to Silver Storm and Surrender the Stars, she has become one of my favorite narrators. She is amazing.I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
"What an exciting read!"
Yes! I loved the tales from long ago. The ships, the fighting, the way they talked & dressed! Above what, it's a really great love story!
I don't read much historical romance, so far just books 1 & 2 of this series. I enjoyed them very much!
There is something so soothing about Emily Beresford's voice! She is wonderful at so many voice & she sounds so professional!
Yes & No as it is very long. It is a book I will listen to again! I really enjoyed it. Once again the author did great & the narrator did awesome!
I love Cynthia Wright's style of writing. I am not much of a history gal, but if told in an exciting enough way, I can like anything. Cynthia has a way of adding excitement in all the right places & draws me in!
"Another great Raveneau family story"
I loved Ryan & Lindsay's story. Following the Raveneau family tradition of passion, danger and spy intrigue adventure makes for many hours of enjoyable listening.
The narrator did a nice job of all the different voices, men and women alike. Cynthia Wright weaves historical figures of the time into the story delivering a delightful surprise that enhances the fictional characters' roles. Highly recommended!!
"Surrender the Stars"
The way you could identify with the characters, it's like an extended family for you. Their faults and goodness bring nothing but laughter or maybe just make you hold your breath!
Any of the other Raveneau books it's a continuation of the family from start to end, well the end that we have so far anyway. :)
Oh, this is really hard... there were so many good ones... I loved the way he hauled her off the boat, the many arguments in London.
The way Devon and Andre both welcomed him with open arms and hearts.
I simply loved this book along with all the others. I couldn't put it down... I did find out one thing... until I heard this audible... I was pronouncing some of these names wrong... :(
You will Not be sorry if you get this book, guaranteed enjoyment.
"Loved the book and great narration. Ready for book 3."
It was a great book to listen to. The narration was performed great. Ready for book 3.
"One of the Best!"
Yes! I love Cynthia Wright's books and I have read all of them multiple times. Listening to her stories brings out another element that I can't get while reading! I love being able to listen to her books because sometimes i'm too tired to hold a book. I also love listening to these stories while I'm cleaning or doing something else.
I am really lucky to find an author like Cynthia Wright. Many times romance novels are filled with no story line and love scenes but these books are amazing! I love the fact that the stories are so amazing and filled with great characters. I especially love that all of the books are intertwined with each other!
"Historical Romance continues ..."
Again, as with Book 1 (Silver Storm), I enjoyed the way Ms. Wright is able to seamlessly weave the fiction of a romance with the real historical events of the early 1800's.
As a fan of Ms. Beresford's I have found her work to be consistently good. She has a flair for accents and the ability to give each character their own unique traits.
Surrender the Stars continues the Raveneau family saga. This time the story is centered on Lindsey Raveneau the youngest of Andre and Devon Raveneau's children. As a young school teacher, Lindsey's life is centered around books and therefore she isn't a 'lady about town'. This all changes when the senior Raveneaus are asked by the President to go to London to see who might be giving away the American's war secrets to the British. Helping out in this endeavor is sea captain Ryan Coleraine, one of Andre's ship's captains. By impersonating Nathan Raveneau, Ryan is able to get into the inner circles of London and gather information.
This is a book that I would listen to again and would recommend to others.
"Waking up to the skies of love."
Surrender The Stars, is a mesmerizing adventure of Love. Well narrated, the story is not easily put away as you are guided from Connecticut to England in 1814, near the end of the war.
Espionage and intrigue bring bookish school teacher Lindsay Raveneau, her family, and roguish Ryan Coltrain into the fray of politics and war.
I felt drawn into the warmth of the dawning blossom of new love, when Lindsay and Ryan share a kiss under the stars on their way to England. A playful kitchen scene made me smile, truly enjoyable.
I highly recommend Surrender The Stars, by Cynthia Wright.
"Cynthia Wright's novels stand the test of time"
This is the second of the author's Raveneau series I've listened to. I was very pleased with the narrator and how she helped create some very comical scenes.
Captain Ryan was my favorite character. He had depth, a huge sense of humor, and wasn't completely what he appeared to be.
She does a marvelous job portraying the speech of Ryan parading within the ton as a fop.
It is a wee bit too long for one sitting, but certainly the desire to continue listening to it was there.
About the Story: Lindsay Raveneau, the youngest daughter of Devon and Andre Raveneau, whom were the main characters in book 1, was prim and proper. She was also the schoolmistress in Pettipauge, Connecticut. The only complaint her parents had of her was she was too serious and a complete bluestocking. Her mother despaired of her ever finding a match.
However, her prim and proper demeanor came to a grinding halt when she met Ryan Coleraine, the captain of her father’s ship, the Chimera.
Ryan Coleraine was pleased with his last voyage on the Chimera. He loved the ship and with the steady prosperity he’d been able to obtain through his privateering, he was now in a position to ask Andre Raveneau if he could buy the ship. He’d struck out from Ireland and London on his own nine years ago. The freedom of the sea spoke to him and gave him the independence he craved.
All his dreams for the ship abruptly end when the ships in the harbor were put a fire by the British marines. He could do nothing about it for any show of force against the English forces would only gain more havoc and possible burning of the town.
His life further takes a turn when he was asked by his friend and mentor to masquerade as his son, Nathan, and to accompany him, Devon and their daughter, Lindsey, to London. The president of the young United States himself had requested this of Andre and he had little choice but to go. It was the patriotic choice, for they were to spy for America to understand what was afoot. Since Andre was of French ancestry, his eldest daughter married to a high-ranking man in English parliament, he would be little thought to be spying for America.
Devon comes up with the idea that Ryan dress and act as a fop, so he would be able to overhear what is happening at the balls, etc. It also helps hide his handsome, rugged, masculine features. Fops are known to be concerned about their clothing and slightly dull-witted. Ryan plays the part absolutely perfectly (a complete delight listening to the narrator with his dialog).
Since Ryan and Lindsey were constantly bickering they appeared to be normal siblings, well, until they couldn’t seem to keep their hands off each other. Talk starts circulating they are committing incest, just like Lord Bryon.
Devon keeps what is happening from her husband for he would surely kill Ryan while she tries to keep Lindsey and Ryan apart. Lindsey apparently isn’t the young prim and proper young lady any longer.
~The Raveneau Novels~
The Silver Storm, book 1
Surrender the Stars, book 2
Silver Sea, book 3 Tempest, book 4
My Thoughts: Book 2 of the series is completely different from book 1, but not at all lacking.
Ryan fought hard to stay away from Lindsey. After all, she was his boss’s daughter. Her fiery personality only drew him closer, but they were playing with fire. If they should be caught, they may bring danger to the whole family. Lindsey was snared by Ryan whether she wanted to be or not. After their first kiss, she couldn’t keep him out of her mind. We slowly learn about Ryan, his background, his life in Ireland and London. His life before being captain of the Chimera stands him in good stead when the story of intrigue, and danger, laced with humor unfolds.
I enjoyed how Devon, who by the way, was much like her daughter, in temperament when young, struggled with forbidding her daughter to talk with Ryan and on the other hand understanding how she was drawn to him. She could see Ryan was very much like Andre when they had been young.
This was a ‘chuckler’, highly entertaining and well-written keeping me listening for long hours. I would readily revisit this story again either in printed form or audio.
The narrator, Emily Beresford, must have had a splendid time with all the accents she had to keep apart. Andre’s was slightly French, Devon and Lindsey’s were American, Ryan’s was Irish. Ryan also played the fop, so he had the bored sound that the ton made vogue. The next moment he would be whispering to Lindsey in his Irish brogue. Ms. Beresford impressed me even more in book 2 with her versatility.
Here's an excerpt from the novel just before Ryan walks into Lindsey's life:
"I wish you would let me finish this tonight," complained Betsy Urquhart. She sat alone, surrounded by empty desks, and gazed mournfully at the figure sorting papers at the front of the schoolroom.
"If you had written your theme last night, as instructed, you wouldn't be here now," her teacher replied without looking up.
"King Lear is so tedious." She pouted. "Besides, I thought you were my friend, Lindsay!"
"When we are in this room, I am your teacher and you must address me accordingly. Now, finish your theme so that we may both go home!"
Betsy wrote laboriously for several minutes, then said, "One would never guess that you are just two years older than I am—or that you come from such an adventurous family. I don't understand how you can be so dull—"
"I am not dull!" Lindsay answered sharply. "Simply because my relatives are afflicted with wanderlust, that does not make me dull. I choose to remain on land and pursue more serious endeavors. I enjoy teaching. Imparting knowledge to others is a great source of satisfaction to me."
"Do you never long for even a bit of adventure?" Betsy eyed her speculatively. "Or...
romance? Mary Pratt told me that the Chimera is supposed to dock today. She's practically the only ship that has been able to elude that blockade of the Sound, but considering her captain, it's no surprise." She paused to sigh dreamily. "I was planning to walk to the Point after school in hopes of seeing him. Surely even you must grow weak at the thought of Ryan Coleraine! I've never seen a handsomer man...."
"Don't be absurd. In the first place, the Chimera is not the first privateer to achieve such feats. My father was just as successful during the Revolutionary War, and, as you know, Papa had the Chimera built, so your precious Ryan Coleraine is in his employ!"
Betsy tossed her curls impatiently. "You haven't answered my question! Don't you find Captain Coleraine attractive?"
"We've never met, but from what I've seen, the answer is no." Lindsay shuffled her papers nervously. "His looks don't appeal to me. I prefer fair men. Aside from that, Captain Coleraine's character is, in my opinion, repugnant."
"Repugnant?" Betsy was unfamiliar with the word but sensed its meaning. "How can you say such a thing?"
"He's an uneducated, cocky, ill-mannered rogue," Lindsay stated with finality. "Take my advice and stay away from men of his ilk. They lack scruples and take pleasure in ruining the reputations of gullible females like you."
From the doorway, a male voice spoke. "Am I to infer that you don't approve of me, Miss Raveneau?"
Startled, Lindsay spun around to find Ryan Coleraine leaning against the door frame, one eyebrow arched. A smile of cynical amusement played over his mouth.
"I—I—" she stammered. Hearing Betsy's muffled giggle, she looked in her direction. "You may go now, Elizabeth."
"But what about my theme? I'm not finished yet!"
"You may finish it tonight."
As the teacher and pupil continued to argue, Coleraine's dark blue eyes wandered over Lindsay Raveneau. He was surprised to discover that she was beautiful, perhaps even more beautiful than her mother. She was about twenty and taller than Devon Raveneau. Even though Lindsay wore a demure, cream-colored chemise frock and a cashmere shawl, Ryan's practiced eyes detected a lithe, long-legged body with a narrow waist and high, perfect breasts. Her hair was the same amazing rosy-gold shade as her mother’s, and she wore it in a fashionable Grecian knot high atop her head, with a profusion of soft curls escaping to frame her lovely, intelligent countenance.
"Good-bye, Captain Coleraine," Betsy said as she passed him in the doorway.
Ryan looked at Lindsay. "Dare I enter? I can assure you that I have come not to ruin your reputation but to inquire after your father."
"Please, come in. I apologize for the things you heard me say about you, but you should have made your presence known instead of eavesdropping."
He approached her desk, thinking that he had never met a young lady with so cool and confident a gaze. Lindsay's eyes were striking: thick-lashed and the color of smoke. Her complexion was creamy, with smudges of pink accentuating her cheekbones, and below a delicate nose reposed a mouth with a frankly sensual lower lip. Perhaps there was hope for this bluestocking after all, he thought as his eyes lingered there, then rose to meet her questioning gaze.
"My father is in Philadelphia, Captain Coleraine."
"So I heard. It's a pleasure to meet you at last, Miss Raveneau." Ryan extended a strong hand and gently clasped hers. "I'm sorry that you're unable to say the same."
Sensing his amusement, Lindsay strove to retain her composure. What an embarrassing situation this was! "It's been a long day, Captain Coleraine, and I may have spoken rashly. Again, I beg your pardon. Now, if you don't mind, I would like to finish my work here. How can I help you?"
"I am anxious to see your father. Able Barker thought that you might know when he's returning to Pettipauge."
"Within the week. I'm sorry that I can't give you an exact date."
Coleraine shrugged, frustration further darkening his mood. "Well, then, I suppose I'll just have to wait. I appreciate your speaking to me, Miss Raveneau. I know it can't have been easy." He gave her a cool smile and turned toward the schoolhouse doorway. "Good afternoon."
When his hand touched the latch, Lindsay called, "Wait! There's something I've always wanted to know. Will you tell me how you chose the Chimera's name? I was surprised when Papa told me that you had christened her."
He glanced back over one broad shoulder. "I liked the image of a she-monster with a serpent's tail, a goat's body, and a lion's head spitting flames. I think of my ship like the chimera from Greek mythology: a magical creature with the ability to overcome all obstacles."
Lindsay lifted her chin slightly. "I wouldn't have expected you to be a student of Greek mythology, Captain."
He laughed shortly. "Believe it or not, Miss Raveneau, I don't spend every spare moment seducing unsuspecting young females!"
The door closed behind him and Lindsay found herself alone in the schoolroom, muttering rude rejoinders that she was certain she'd never have an opportunity to employ.
"Great second book in the series"
Ships, romance and history
I really enjoyed the way this story jumps forward in the timeline of the leads from the first book, Devon and Andre. Thank goodness they both seem to have gained much maturity. I loved having them throughout their youngest daughter's romance. Lindsey is feisty like her mother and a terrific match for Ryan. I really enjoyed their story.
She is a fabulous narrator!! I love her energy and the emotion she adds to the read. Her voices are great and make the characters come alive. I have listened to other reads by her and thoroughly enjoyed them. Really engaging and fun performance.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
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