Book Review: Captive Restored by Aubrey Grayson

Posted July 29, 2018 by meezcarrie in Aubrey Grayson, Christian, historical, romance / 7 Comments


about the book

SERIES: Redeemed, Restored, Reclaimed #2
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Aubrey Grayson
RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2018
PAGES: 251

When Amelia Blackmon’s parents died unexpectedly, she was forced to marry a man she barely knew. Now widowed, she vows never to marry again. But when she meets a man who wants to give her freedom rather than control her, she can’t keep her heart from falling in love.

Alexander, Viscount Camberly, was betrayed by his brother and taken from his homeland. Finally back in England, he finds his estate destroyed, his title in question, and a wake of disaster in his brother’s trail. Vowing to right his brother’s wrongs, the last thing Alex has in mind is marriage. That is until he meets Amelia, and finds their futures- and their pasts- intertwined.

But when their enemies catch up to them, can they work together to restore the lives they should have had all along?

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“Everything she had thought had eluded her, God had restored to her.”

Y’all. I love these books so much!! The Blackmon sisters have so captivated me – from Susannah in Legacy Redeemed to Amelia in Captive Restored and WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ELEANOR?? Their lives have each taken difficult turns since their parents died, and yet God... the beauty of those two words. He is there to redeem and restore and reclaim. And the heroes He sends them aren’t bad either 😉

Amelia and Alex have both endured the unimaginable, the ‘worst-case scenarios’ that most people fear but never have to face. Well, these two have faced them and come out fighting – yet they have also retained their gentle hearts and a part of their souls that no one can take away, no matter how battered it might be. While Alex’s trials have made his faith stronger, Amelia’s trials have made her doubt God’s love for her. I loved the fact that Grayson gave us both perspectives, both authentic and valid responses to the kind of suffering they’ve been through. And in bringing them together to stand against those who mean them harm, Grayson (and God!) also put Alex in a position to share with Amelia, a fellow survivor, why God’s grace and love are personal and constant. A sweet message that asks tough questions that many are afraid to voice – and yet God isn’t afraid of our questions and wants only for us to trust His heart for us.

Along with bonding over their shared suffering, Alex and Amelia have instant chemistry and similar wit. Which leads to some delicious swoonworthy moments which will leave you grinning like a fool and fanning appreciatively. 😉  The best part is that Grayson covers all of the above – the kisses, the faith, the romance, the friendship, even the danger – with a dry wit that just delights me. Sometimes it even catches me by surprise, which i love even more! If you like a quick wit and wry humor you will love Grayson’s style too!

I had so many places highlighted in my kindle version of Captive Restored so I thought I would just list some of my favorite quotes here:

  • Somehow she’d expected freedom to feel less… sticky.
  • In her perfect world, there would be bookshops at every coaching inn, so that no one would ever have to travel bookless.
  • (if you read Legacy Redeemed, you will remember the positively delightful Aunt Minerva who is speaking here):

“There hasn’t been such a titillating affair in decades, and you wish me to throw myself right into the middle of it?

Alex shifted uncomfortably in his chair. The old woman had a point, but … “Yes, I suppose I am.”

She beamed from ear to ear. “Excellent! I’d be delighted.”

  • She couldn’t breathe, but if breathing meant interrupting this kiss, then she was fairly certain it wasn’t a priority.
  • (Minerva again): “You, sir,” she said, her voice as clear and cold as a January morning in Scotland, “wouldn’t know worth if it sat on you.”
  • Could she let go of her past and move forward without the guilt and shame she’d lived with for so long? Now was as good a time as any to try.

Bottom Line: Aubrey Grayson returns with another well-written, witty, and smart Regency romance. Her characters are layered and vividly-drawn, as are both the setting and the plot. Humor and heart exist side-by-side with swoonilicous romance and tough faith questions. She handles each element with talent and wit, and you’re not quite ready for the story to be finished even when you close the last page. Fortunately, there is the promise of at least one more book in the series, which means one more chance to spend time with Susannah, Amelia and their husbands – and find out what Eleanor has been up to all this time. If you’re a fan of Kristi Ann Hunter, make sure you add this series to your TBR list too!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

From a young age, Aubrey Grayson devoured books with alarming alacrity. Ignoring her mother’s pleas of “Come and watch TV with us!”, her most frequently uttered response was “Just let me finish this chapter!” She dreamed that one day, she could write stories just as entertaining as the ones she found at her local library. When a middle school teacher informed her that her writing suffered in comparison, little Aubrey gave up on the dream of living a life full of words, and found solace in something she discovered she liked just as much – numbers! As she grew, she eventually embarked on a career in corporate finance, complete with a shiny, expensive MBA. But as God is wont to do, He pulled her off this path a few years in, and gave her back her dream of writing. She hopes you enjoy reading her work at least as much as she enjoyed writing it, which is to say – a lot! Aubrey Grayson lives in Texas with her own Prince Charming, and three not-so-little children.

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What about you? Which quote that I shared was your favorite? (including the one at the beginning of the review)

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7 responses to “Book Review: Captive Restored by Aubrey Grayson

  1. Caryl Kane

    Wonderful review Carrie! This is my favorite quote: She couldn’t breathe, but if breathing meant interrupting this kiss, then she was fairly certain it wasn’t a priority.

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    Gonna have to look these up! Thanks. I like the one about bookshops at every coaching Inn! Yes!

  3. Connie Scruggs

    My favorite of the quotes you listed is, “In her perfect world, there would be bookshops at every coaching inn, so that no one would ever have to travel bookless”.
    But the one about not being able to breathe is good, too.

  4. Winnie Thomas

    This book sounds wonderful! I love humor and wit. I must add this to my list. 😀

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