Read what readers are saying.
Read about the Foundling Hospital
Times gave HIS CAPTIVE LADY a Top Pick!
4 and a half stars, and a K.I.S.S.
Award to my hero, Harry. (Knight in Shining Silver)
"I have already read this book twice and I know Ill
return to it again and again. Anne Gracie has created a deeply
emotional, at times heart-wrenching, journey for these two people
who must learn to trust one another with their deepest feelings
and darkest fears. I cried when Nell finally shared her secret
with Harry..." PJ Ausdenmore, Romance
"HIS CAPTIVE LADY is Anne Gracie at her best, and her
best is very good. She has a lyrical writing style reminiscent
of Mary Balogh, and the talent to bring readers vibrant characters,
potent plots and sizzling sensuality...YUM!" -
a winner... a charming, witty and magical romance... Anne Gracie
is a treasure." Suzanne Tucker, Fresh
honest, charming, and everything I love in a historical romance...Very
highly recommended." Lindy, Two
little short of magic ... a delightful romance with a serious
quest at its heart." Jane Bowers
Romance Reviews Today
again, author Anne Gracie has proven what an exceptionally gifted
author is all about when she gives life to unforgettable characters
and brings her readers along for the ride in what has proven to
be an exciting, fun, and heartfelt emotional journey. Absolutely
one of the best romances Ive read this year!" Marilyn.
early scene in this book takes place in the Foundling Hospital.
The Foundling Hospital was founded by Captain Thomas Coram-- this
is a statue of him on the right. It's in front of the Foundling
scene was inspired by memetoes left by mothers and displayed in
the London Foundling Museum.
Foundling Hospital accepted only new born babies from unwed mothers
of "good character." The children would never grow up
to see their mother again, but the mothers were, at one time,
encouraged to leave small tokens of love and remembrance for their
an amazing range - from a penny with a hole drilled in it, to
a nut, embroidered tokens, rings, letters, all kinds of thing.
It's a very moving sight.
the children never saw these tokens. They were kept purely for identification
purposes, in case the mother changed her mind some time later and
returned for the child.
tokens, some of which are on display in the London Foundling Museum
today, show the mothers came from a range of background -- some
well educated, others poor and illiterate. It's a heartbreaking
is an excellent article with more pictures here.
Readers are saying about His Captive Lady:
(Please note, I remove all personal info and spoilers
(that give away plot details) from mail before posting letters from
readers. I don't post all mail, jut a variety.)
I just wanted
to take a minute and drop you a line saying how very very much
I enjoyed His Captive Lady. I basically ignored work today to
devour the book. Harry and Nell made me tear up more than once
and I loved every minute of the book.
The Perfect Rake and Tallie's Knight are my 2 most absolute favorites
of your titles, but this one comes very close. Can't wait for
book arrived on Wed afternoon, and I finished it Thu night. It was
such a pleasure to read. I've been exploring a lot of new authors
of late, and wondering why it was I enjoyed romance novels. After
a very gratifying read of HCL, I remembered.
Thank you, thank you for another wonderful read! I'm looking forward,
as ever, to the next one! ...............Judy
a lovely book HCL was! I enjoyed it immensely Im not surprised
its getting so many accolades. ..........CW
hadn't opened a book in 2 weeks, so I took myself off and started
your latest. Trouble is I don't want to go to bed because I want
to read more but I have an early start tomorrow. GREAT book so far.
Love the characters. Love their immediate and very real concern
for each other. They're so sweet and I want everything to turn out
well for them. And it's full of horses and dogs and interesting
secondary characters. You witch. You did it deliberately to entice
pre-ordered Captive Lady and I am so glad I did. It is a wonderful
book. Again you have drawn such finely detailed characters
that I was emotionally tied from the beginning. This
is a different story than most authors would write. One
that credits a reader with emotional depths and the ability to empathize.
(snip to remove spoilers) This book is a winner. I have actually
read it several times and love it more each time. Congratulations
on a wonderful work. I hope it brings you the continuing success
you deserve. .....Jan.
just finished your new book and wanted to tell you how much I loved
it. I love your characters. Im sure I would enjoy knowing
you because you have to be a mix of the characters you create. Great
book. Cant wait for the next one. Thanks for the pleasure
you have given me. Carole
just finished His Captive Lady yesterday, and I wanted to tell you
how much I enjoyed it. (snip to removespoilers) I am looking
forward to the next book in the sequence. 2009 seems a long
way away :)..... JJ
began His Captive Lady yesterday while I nibbled on lunch. One hour,
I promised, then I'd get back to the work-in-progress. Except I
couldn't leave Harry and Lady Helen, and simply had to discover
what happened ... especially in Helen's search for Torie. Yes, well
... you know what followed, don't you?! I felt such empathy with
the characters and your skilled weaving of their story, I sat entranced,
unable to put the book down until I reached the final page. Well
done, Anne ... you go from strength to strength, and I can't wait
for the next book in the series...... HB
have just finished Harry and Nell's story I have to tell you how
truly wonderful this story is you had me in tears and smiling I
loved it from start to finish. Anne you have a magical voice I felt
so apart of the struggle to find Torie and what a wonderful caring
honourable hero Harry is and Nell is so strong and with all that
had happened to her she came through as such a beautiful heroine.
I am not really good with words but I thank you for a wonderful
story and am looking forward to the next Devil Rider book I am thinking
it will be Rafe's and the long lost grandaughter sounds great to
finished His Captive Lady yesterday, and I loved it from the cover
to the final word. ( I do get so weary of the clinch covers.) It
was even better than The Stolen Princess, and you know how much
I liked Callie and Gabe's story. I was in love with Harry from his
introduction in ASP, but by the end of HCL, he had become one of
my favorite romance heroes ever. His love for Nell illustrates so
beautifully all that love should be.
One of the things I love best about an Anne Gracie book is
that I know it will move me to tears and laughter. HCL did not disappoint
in this respect either. (snip to remove spoilers)
I am already anticipating the other Devil Riders books
with great eagerness, and I still have hopes that you will give
us the stories of Nash and Marcus as well.
Thank you for another wonderful book. As long as you keep
writing them, I know I will keep adding Anne Gracie books to my
keeper shelves...... JR
gorgeous. He's gorgeous. She's wonderful. The
story is fantastic, just right, so touching and humane and on-the-edge
of tragedy which you do so well. ANd all the minor characters
are fantastic, as always, even when they barely get three strokes
of the pen.(snip to remove spoilers) I LO VE the way your characters
not only fall in love but then have to come to terms with it.
And Harry's sentimental education just made me weep.
In fact, this had reached a new high - a seven handkerchief book.
(Previous record was five.) All that and sexy too!
THANK YOU..... JH