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Once a Rebel
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Once a Rebel
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The bestselling author delivers a Regency tale "that deftly balances fascinating historical detail, adventure, and menace with a passionate romance" (Library Journal).
As Washington burns, Callista Brooke is trapped in the battle between her native England and her adopted homeland. She is on the verge of losing everything, including her life, when a handsome Englishman cuts through the violent crowd to claim that she is his. Callie falls into her protector's arms, recognizing that he is no stranger, but the boy she'd once loved, a lifetime ago.
Lord George Gordon Audley had been Callie's best friend, and it was to Gordon she turned in desperation to avoid a loathsome arranged marriage. But the repercussions of his gallant attempt to rescue her sent Callie packing to Jamaica, and Gordon on a one-way trip to the penal colony of Australia.
Against all odds, Gordon survived. Finding Callie is like reclaiming his tarnished soul, and once again he vows to do whatever is necessary to protect her and those she loves. But the innocent friendship they shared as children has become a dangerous passion that may save or destroy them when they challenge the aristocratic society that exiled them both . . .
Praise for New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney and the Rogues Redeemed series
"Putney's endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight."—Sabrina Jeffries
"An impeccably written book that realistically integrates the cost of the Napoleonic Wars into a compelling story that neatly balances dangerous adventures and passionate romance."—Booklist
"A thrilling, romantic tale."—Bookpage, Top Pick of the Month

The bestselling author delivers a Regency tale "that deftly balances fascinating historical detail, adventure, and menace with a passionate romance" (Library Journal).
As Washington burns, Callista Brooke is trapped in the battle between her native England and her adopted homeland. She is on the verge of losing everything, including her life, when a handsome Englishman cuts through the violent crowd to claim that she is his. Callie falls into her protector's arms, recognizing that he is no stranger, but the boy she'd once loved, a lifetime ago.
Lord George Gordon Audley had been Callie's best friend, and it was to Gordon she turned in desperation to avoid a loathsome arranged marriage. But the repercussions of his gallant attempt to rescue her sent Callie packing to Jamaica, and Gordon on a one-way trip to the penal colony of Australia.
Against all odds, Gordon survived. Finding Callie is like reclaiming his tarnished soul, and once again he vows to do whatever is necessary to protect her and those she loves. But the innocent friendship they shared as children has become a dangerous passion that may save or destroy them when they challenge the aristocratic society that exiled them both . . .
Praise for New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney and the Rogues Redeemed series
"Putney's endearing characters and warm-hearted stories never fail to inspire and delight."—Sabrina Jeffries
"An impeccably written book that realistically integrates the cost of the Napoleonic Wars into a compelling story that neatly balances dangerous adventures and passionate romance."—Booklist
"A thrilling, romantic tale."—Bookpage, Top Pick of the Month

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About the Author-
  • Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed. Visit her at maryjoputney.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 26, 2017
    Putney continues her Regency-era Rogues Redeemed series (begun in Once a Soldier) with a page-turner tale of childhood friends reunited during the War of 1812. Lord Audley, Gordon to his friends, is hired by the British family of a widow, Callista Brooke, to find her and bring her home from Washington, D.C., the city at the center of the unrest. When he finds her, he realizes that the widow is his neighbor and friend from childhood, who had believed him dead. Gordon had tried to save Callie from an unwanted marriage to an older Jamaican planter by eloping with her to Scotland, but before they could wed, her father had him convicted of false crimes. As Gordon and Callie journey from Washington to Baltimore to retrieve her stepchildren, their friendship deepens and their desire grows, but they face imminent danger. As these two appealing characters discover how friendship can change into romance, Putney completes their story with plenty of detail and cameos from historical figures.

  • Library Journal

    August 1, 2017

    Lord Gordon Audley accepts a mission to America to rescue an English widow and return her to her family during the final days of the War of 1812. He arrives just in time to prevent her from being attacked and is shocked to find that the widow in question is his childhood friend Callista. Viciously torn apart as teenagers, they were sent from England--Callie to marry a Jamaican planter and Gordon to the Australian penal colony--and they hadn't seen each other since. Yet the connection between them hasn't weakened, and as they make their way through the war-torn countryside toward Baltimore and what remains of Callie's stepfamily, they see their childhood friendship slowly growing into something more. With superbly drawn characters (including historical figures such as Francis Scott Key); a setting so vivid one can taste the lemonade and smell the gunpowder; and a gripping plot that addresses the harsh realities of slavery, prejudice, cruelty, and abuse. VERDICT Valiant, resourceful protagonists fight for each other against incredible odds in a story that deftly balances fascinating historical detail, adventure, and menace with a passionate romance. Another "redeemed rogue" gets the future he deserves. Putney (Once a Soldier) lives in Baltimore.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2017
    Two childhood friends find each other again by the dawn's early light.Callista Brooke and Lord George Gordon Audley were once the best of friends; when they were 16, they even ran away together to save Callie from having to marry a man her abusive father had promised her to. They were soon discovered by their fathers and banished to separate corners of the British Empire. Fifteen years later, their lives collide again in Washington, D.C., at the heart of the War of 1812. Callie, now widowed, has made a life for herself as a dressmaker when her house is invaded by British soldiers. Gordon, now a spy, has been hired to rescue an English-born widow living in America--who turns out to be Callie, as he discovers when he arrives in the nick of time. After years apart, their first priority is getting Callie and her family safe, and quickly. After they find relative safety in Baltimore, the second priority becomes untangling their complicated feelings for each other; though their first adventure together was motivated by pure friendship, their second one may end in a love match. Putney's commitment to historical research shines throughout the book, especially in nice touches like Callie's lawyer being Francis Scott Key, author-to-be of the national anthem. Her attempt to accurately portray the racial tensions of the era is admirable, if simplistic at times. The second entry in Putney's (Weddings of the Century, 2017, etc.)Rogues Redeemed series is unusually lengthy, but it means that Callie and Gordon's happy ending, after surviving a war and a voyage home to England, is all the more satisfying. Putney's continued foray into the new setting of the United States in the early 19th century is a welcome addition to the historical romance shelf. Though suspense and adventure drive this story forward, the love at its center sets it apart.

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