Riches. Power. An ancient heritage of pride. The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir. So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man’s child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance.
But he wasn’t the one who caused Katherine’s death. Or was he? To his horror, he remembers nothing of that dreadful night, when their last confrontation ended in scorching flame and cold blood.
A forbidden love…
Rachel McTavish, the beautiful daughter of a coal miner, knows something about the fire that took Lady Katherine’s life. In secret, the strong-willed girl strikes a bargain with the desperate earl: he must send his physician to help her dying mother or he may go to the devil—and the scaffold. He agrees, but she is still unsure that her revelation will be enough to save him when so many wish him dead.
Passionately drawn to the nobleman, despite all the doubt and mystery that shrouds him, Rachel wonders if he can really be a murderer. Or if he is the only man who will ever own her heart…
REVIEW: I love ‘Jane Eyre’ so once I read the blurb of this novel, I knew I had to read it. To me, this only had shades of that classic story, but in no way was anything like it. And that is a very good thing. I may have even liked it better!
This is a story of a Truman Stanhope, Earl of Druridge, man who lost his wife in a mysterious fire and almost everyone thinks he murdered her, but being a peer of the realm, no one’s really ready to publicly accuse him of the crime.
It’s also a romance with flawed and complex characters who are trying hard to fit in within the community they both in some way value.
As for the mystery of who killed our hero’s wife, that wasn’t that difficult to figure out, yet in no way did that spoil this story for me.
I enjoyed Truman’s journey as he’s trying to figure out who would murder his wife. For the longest time he believed that someone paid off our heroine Rachel McTavish’s father to do it, but as he comes to know her, he now doubts that theory.
This wasn’t an easy read because of its gothic theme, but everything about it is easy to follow and the characters are a bit on the dark side and yet I still loved their journey to each other.
I’ve now read a few books from Ms. Novak and I’m honestly gob smacked as to when does she find the time to write, with all her philanthropic endeavors. If you’ve never heard of her annual online auction for diabetes research, then you’re missing out on some great auction stuff and a ‘feel good’ vibes after donating to such a great cause. Please check her website and find out more about how you can give, here.
As for her writing, she’s someone that’s good at telling a tale, be it set in 2014 or 1800.
This one’s for all you bookworms that like your romances to have that goth feel, so I dare you to pick it up!
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher