Posted by: Jennifer | August 10, 2009

Since the Surrender – Julie Anne Long

Long, Julie Anne. Since the Surrender. (New York: Avon, 2009). ISBN – 978-0061341618.

Main Characters: Captain Chase Eversea and Rosalind March

Related Works: This is part of Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green Series. The following books are in the series:

  • The Perils of Pleasure– story of Colin Eversea and Madeleine Greenway
  • Like No Other Lover – story of Cynthia Brightly and Miles Redmond
  • Since the Surrender– story of Captain Chase Eversea and Rosalind March

Description from Book:

A man of action . . .

Fearless. Loyal. Brilliant. Ruthless. Bold words are always used to describe English war hero Captain Chase Eversea, but another word unfortunately plays a role in every Eversea’s destiny: trouble. And trouble for Chase arrives in the form of a mysterious message summoning him to a London rendezvous . . . where he encounters the memory of his most wicked indiscretion in the flesh: Rosalind March – the only woman he could never forget.

A woman of passion . . .

Five years ago, the reckless, charming beauty craved the formidable Captain’s attention. But now Rosalind is a cooly self-possessed woman and desire is the last thing on her mind: her sister has mysteriously disappeared and she needs Chase’s help to find her. But as their search through London’s darkest corners re-ignites long-smoldering passion and memories of old battles, Chase and Rosalind are challenged to surrender: to the depths of a wicked desire, and to the possibility of love.

My Thoughts:

I’m not entirely sure that I can convey how entertaining I found this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters, Chase Eversea and Rosalind March, and their journey to find love. After all, the two had known each other while Chase was a captain in the army and Rosaline was his commander’s wife. So, they have a past history of thwarted love – a plot convention I can never resist. But beyond the love story, I was highly intrigued and amused by the plot surrounding Rosalind’s sister Lucy.

The story begins with a note delivered to Chase by the youngster Liam – on Rosalind’s behalf. Not knowing who the mysterious “liedy” is, Chase ventures to meet her at the Montmorency museum – near the Italian pastorals (“Pastorals means cows and the like.” p.5). From this moment, it was fairly clear to me that the painting was important to the plot. I couldn’t quite imagine how a painting of cows could be involved in the disappearance of Lucy, but it certainly was. The painting is considered ugly (by Chase) and was not painted by someone with a recognized name in the art world – Rubinetto. This is the first of the rather interesting names (made up of course) by those involved in the enterprise for which the kidnapped women are destined.

I laughed out loud when the meaning of Rubinetto was revealed. Chase had written to ask his sister about the painting – and the painter. In her reply, she wrote: “Please ask someone to translate his name into English for you, as I blush to do so in this letter. Do you already know? Are you teasing me?(p.150).”  Chase did in fact already know that rubinetto meant cock. As Chase and Rosalind investigate further, we meet O. McCaucus-Bigg, Mr Welland-Dowd, Mr. Woodcock and Mr. Hugh G. Wrexion. The names are silly and childish, but made perfect sense once the plot was revealed. They certainly fit in with the sort of villain Mr. Kinkade turned out to be.

The funniest part of the story, however, was when Chase gave the Rubinetto to his brother Colin:

“What’s this?” Colin was holding the Rubinetto and staring at in puzzlement.” [sic]

“It reminded me or you. See? Air whistles righ through a hole in the cow’s arse.” Chase demonstrated by holding it up and blowing through it.

“Splendid!” Colin was delighted with his gift.

Since the Surrender was a run book to read. It made me smile, it made me laugh and it made me happy. I’ll never look at or think of Italian pastorals the same again. I’m guessing that I will always be looking for hole’s in the cows’ arses.

Read first in August 2009



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