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    Book Review: Surrender To Me by Sophie Jordan
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  • Published: Jul 29th, 2008

Reviewed by Andrea Williamson

4.5 stars

jordan_surrenderreview.jpgSophie Jordan is an author to watch. She is one of the fastest rising stars in historical romance today, making the USA Today bestseller list with only her second book! Talk about remarkable! And speaking of remarkable, her latest release, Surrender To Me, is precisely that.

Lady Astrid Derring has not lived the easiest of lives. Her mother ran off with Astrid’s dancing instructor leaving her with an impossible father who eventually married her off to the disreputable Duke of Derring. To avoid the hangman’s noose for forgery, her husband takes off for parts unknown leaving Astrid penniless, alone and the subject of vicious gossip. For five long years, she has gone to great lengths just to survive, unsure of and indifferent to whether her errant husband is dead or alive. Then she receives an anonymous letter telling her that Bertram is alive, assuming someone else’s identity and engaged to another woman. Astrid resolves to go to Scotland and confront Bertram, if it is indeed him. Almost to her destination, Astrid’s coach is besieged by ruthless highwaymen. Before she is physically assaulted, Griffin Shaw comes to her rescue and dispatches the brutes, but not before he is injured in the process. Since the heroic stranger saved her life, Astrid returns the favor by helping nurse him back to health. Once Griffin is on the mend, Astrid makes the short trip to deal with Bertram. While there, someone knocks on the door and Astrid must hide, never suspecting that she would witness her husband’s murder. Griffin, a Texan visiting Scotland to locate his relatives, intercepts her while she is fleeing the scene and thus begins their adventure together.

Astrid’s character grew by leaps and bounds from beginning to end. Because of her past, she is cold and standoffish and trusts no one. She has done things she’s not proud of, including committing an unthinkable act against her sister-in-law only to realize too late how sorry she was for her transgressions. I must say that Ms. Jordan does an impeccable job of redeeming her. Not only do we learn that Astrid is remorseful, but we also begin to understand and sympathize with why she did the things she did. And it takes her interactions with Griffin, who is also unable to forgive himself for past actions, for her to comprehend that she is not a bad person and is completely worthy of another’s love. I have such high admiration for Griffin, who is honor-bound and a complete gentleman. He is smart and protective, not to mention he has the patience of a saint when dealing with Astrid. His perseverance pays off when he finally melts her icy faΓ§ade and discovers the warm, loving woman beneath.

It is no wonder that Ms. Jordan’s star is on the rise — her books are beautifully written and incredibly romantic. Surrender To Me is a wonderful adventure, rich with emotion and searing passion. It is a terrific addition to her booklist and also to my keeper shelf. I highly recommend it!

13 Responses to “Book Review: Surrender To Me by Sophie Jordan”

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  1. PJ
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 3:47 am

    Great review, Andrea. I’ve only read one book by Sophie Jordan but I loved it. Surrender to Me sounds like another winner!

    ~PJ


  2. Stacy ~
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 4:57 am

    Yet another author I feel I must add to my list. Great review.


  3. Maria Lokken
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 5:11 am

    Andrea – I like your taste in books – and this review definitely makes it a book for me to read.

    Just so you all know – I’ve been in computer hell this past week. Last Wednesday we had a terrific lightning and thunder storm and we were hit by lightning – our main computer was fried– as in an egg on toast. Our cable modem went out, and our router was deader than a rock that had been sitting on the side of a slope for many eons.

    The cable company didn’t see fit to come to inspect anything for three days!!! Apparently we weren’t a priority. So I went to the cable place and got a new cable modem box myself. Didn’t work. Went back to the cable place and got ANOTHER box, still didn’t work. Meanwhile, we’re having a heat wave here, and I’m sweating like a woman who just lost her job and doesn’t have car fare to get home. Finally the cable man arrived and I just want to kiss him like a long lost relative. (I’d been going to ‘visit’ people and using their internet.)

    Anyway – the cable man fixes the box, checks the line, and sure enough we discover the router isn’t working… Why would this be important? Because our main computer was fried and was taken to the “Doctor”. So we literally have no way to communicate without the main computer. The rest of our computers are laptops… and don’t work unless they are wirelessly connected by a router. So now, it’s Saturday and still nothing is working. We’re running around getting the “Home Page” and “Blog Page” up with spits and prayers. Finally we get a new router, install it, and guess what – it doesn’t work. So after many hours on the phone we get it working. EXCEPT for our video editing system which is run by a MAC computer and still isn’t working after many calls to Apple and our Internet service provider. Of course we’re in the process of editing a Teresa Medieros video and the video from our dinner with Ann Aguirre.

    So — we are almost up and running, but really it’s more like up and crawling. We are preparing a funeral service for our main computer. Right now the ‘mortician’ is retrieving the data to give us on a disk. Hopefully it is readable.

    I had no idea how silent the world is without internet and e-mail… I almost enjoyed it, except for the HOURS spent trying to get everything up and running and the hundreds of phone calls to lands unknown to get us to a state, where I could write this without using very foul language.


  4. Buffie
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 5:52 am

    Great review Andrea! This definitely sounds like a book I would really enjoy. I can’t believe how many great books that are out right now. No way my budget can handle it πŸ™‚ Especially since we found out last night that we have to replace part of our air conditioning unit — to the tune of $2,000.00. Why does this always happen?!

    Maria — Girl to I empathize with you and all the disgust and anguish you have been through the last few days. I sure hope that now everything is working again that you can take a little time to sit back and read a great book.


  5. Maria Lokken
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 6:04 am

    Buffie – I am feeling your pain – one simply cannot live without air conditioning in the dog days of summer.

    In Andrea’s review she says:
    She has done things she’s not proud of, including committing an unthinkable act against her sister-in-law only to realize too late how sorry she was for her transgressions.

    I’m thinking right now of committed some unthinkable acts against computers in general!


  6. PJ
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 6:05 am

    Wow, Maria. Y’all have really been through it. I sure hope your system is on the path to a full recovery now.

    Buffie, I feel your pain. Four years ago I had to replace my entire a/c system to the tune of $4,000. The good news is my monthly electric bill is now about 1/4 of what it was with the previous system.


  7. Marisa
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 6:09 am

    Andrea – Love the whole Texan visiting Scotland thing, I especially enjoy heroes who have ‘patience and fortitude’. The whole American in Europe always intrigues and delights me, so now I’m really looking forward to reading this one. I haven’t been reading many historicals lately – seems that paranormals and romantic suspense have been crossing my desk a lot more. But I say you’ve got me interested…Based on your recommendation I’m moving this up on my TBR. Thanks Andrea!


  8. Marisa
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 6:12 am

    Oh BTW, while our computers were fried and our editing system was down, yeah, I did get to read more books. (that is in between all the phone calls on ‘try this… is it working yet?’ conversations I had).


  9. MaryKate
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 6:32 am

    Andrea, another kick-booty review, wow! That cover is unbelievably gorgeous, isn’t it??

    Hey, I know this another site, but has everyone seen that Michelle Buonfiglio is hosting a radio call in show on Friday?? Sophie Jordan is one of a variety of Avon historical authors who will be on, so if you have questions, you should call in! Info can be found at RBTB on Lifetime. /end other site pimp.

    Oh Maria, it must be something in the water! Our wireless router died yesterday. Now, I have internet at work, but now none at home. It’s KILLING me! I spend most evenings with the laptop in my lap and a dachshund across my legs. ARGH! It’s making me crazy, although I did read an entire book last night.


  10. AndreaW
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 6:36 am

    Thanks, ladies! I just adored this book. πŸ™‚

    Maria and Marisa!! (((HUGS))) I’m so sorry that y’all had to go through that! I hope everything is up and running soon with no further headaches for you both!

    Buffie, I hope your air gets fixed soon, too! Ugh, there is nothing worse than having no air in Georgia … except maybe having no air in Florida. (((HUGS)))


  11. Buffie
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 8:25 am

    PJ — I feel you on the $4K!! About a year and a half ago, we replaced the other part of the a/c unit and it was about $2,400.00. Oh well, at least we will be cool in the humidity of August in Georgia πŸ™‚

    On a good note — the hubby goes permanent on his job tomorrow!!! Yippee for all those insurance benefits!

    Oh, Andrea, my friend was able to help us out — πŸ™‚ I’ll email you later day when I get home from work with the specifics.


  12. Isabel
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 8:26 am

    Andrea, what an outstanding review! I’m off to get my own copy right now. πŸ™‚


  13. PJ
    on Jul 30th, 2008
    @ 8:39 am

    Buffie, I hear you on the heat and humidity. Our heat index has been over 100 for the past week. Not the time you want your a/c to break, for sure. Congrats to the hubby on going permanent! πŸ™‚

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