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A romantic times "all time favorite" selection. Gold rating!

Beloved characters from Caroline, Silver Storm, and Touch the Sun return as supporting characters in this sensuous, enchanting story that sweeps from 1793 Philadelphia across the ocean to the glittering salons of London.

Hardened and cynical, Nicholai Beauvisage returns to America after risking death during the French Revolution. He lost his heart to a beauty who died at the guillotine and now wants only to amuse himself with adventure and carefree romance.

Lovely and independent, Lisette Hahn pours all her energy into running her Philadelphia CoffeeHouse, a meeting place for figures like Thomas Jefferson. She is proud of her success and has been able to rise above the desires of her heart - until she meets Nicholai Beauvisage. That very night, Lisette finally gives her passions free rein... but what will the dawn bring?

Don't miss the delicious tale of a headstrong woman and an irresistible rogue for whom love is the ultimate challenge!

The Beauvisage Novels* and The Raveneau Novels intertwine, with some characters crossing over. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:

  • Silver Storm
  • Caroline*
  • Touch the Sun*
  • Spring Fires* (A Beauvisage/Raveneau Novel)
  • Smuggler's Moon (The Raveneaus in Cornwall, Book 1)
  • Surrender the Stars
  • Natalya*
  • Silver Sea (A Raveneau/Beauvisage Novel)
  • Tempest
©1983, 2011 Cynthia Challed (P)2018 Cynthia Challed

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Wright/Campbell Do Not Disappoint!

SPRING FIRES always holds a special place in my heart because it was the first book I read by Cynthia Wright, found one day on my aunt's bookshelf 25+ years ago. I still haven't given it back to her.

Set in post-Revolutionary War America, I was enchanted by the story of Nicholai Beauvisage, back in Philadelphia after spending 10 years in France, and Lisette Hahn, independent woman who runs the local coffee house in Philadelphia. Tragedy first throws them together, then stubbornness pulls them apart. Nicholai and Lisette get off to a bumpy start, but find that they care for each other more than they want to admit and they travel the rocky road to romance with the help of friends and family.

Ms. Wright does an outstanding job of weaving the history of the time, with famous figures showing up as secondary characters. Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and their in-fighting over the war in France gets several mentions and President George Washington has a cameo. (On a re-read, my inner HAMILTON fan-girl gave many cheers.) Far from detracting to the story, these historical mentions add favor and provide context for the action.

Also providing cameos are the heroes/heroines from the previous RAKES AND REBELS books: Alec & Caroline (CAROLINE), Lion & Meagan (TOUCH THE SUN), and even Andre and Devon (SILVER STORM). They provide much meddling into Nicholai and Lisette's story. That being said, SPRING FIRES does stand alone. The first time I read it, I did not have the background of the other stories, but was able to glean enough from the book that I had no problem following the plot.

This is a book I have on my keeper shelf and have also bought in ebook form. When I do re-read it every few years, I am sure to read all of the Rakes and Rebels books in order, because it is more fun to follow the families, friends and their intertwining lives as they happen.

As a librarian, I don't always purchase my books, but Cynthia Wright is on my "must buy" list, so when a new title comes out, I am sure to purchase it. She is also one of the top authors I recommend to people looking for historical romances.

Because of my love for SPRING FIRES (and Tim Campbell’s narration), I was thrilled to listen to him perform SPRING FIRES. In this book, there were many characters from many locations, providing Campbell ample opportunity to show off his range of voices. As a listener, you are drawn into the story through him many voices, all distinct. Plus, I got to hear Andre Raveneau...fans self. As I’ve noted before, Cynthia Wright’s storytelling paired with Tim Campbell’s narration are both engaging and satisfying and I cannot resist Tim Campbell reading Cynthia Wright’s books. I am hoping that he will narrate more of her books, such as SILVER STORM...hint hint!

Note: I was given a free copy of the eaudiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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A Stellar Performance by Tim Campbell

You know your book will have the very best narrative performance when the star is award winner, Tim Campbell 👑. Tim's characterizations give life to the story. He gives each one their distinct personality (especially the French). I am so happy to have Mr. Campbell read for my favorite authors. If only there were more stars. See Amazon for my review of Cynthia Wright's SPRING FIRES