Book Review

‘The Earl’s New Bride’ by Frances Fowlkes

tenb ffSTORY: England, 1819

The Earl of Amhurst has returned to his estate in search of a wife and, more importantly, an heir. Simon Devere isn’t interested in some comely, simpering creature. A beautiful woman only brings heartbreak and ruin, and Simon’s disfigured visage is proof enough of that. No, he wants a wife who is unattractive and undesirable—and the homelier, the better.

But nothing about Lady Henrietta Beauchamp is homely. She is lovely and sweet…and struggles to mix with polite society when she would so much rather have plants for company. And yet Simon is her only hope for keeping Plumburn Castle in her family’s possession. Even if it means marrying a man she doesn’t love.

It’s an impossible and unlikely match…unless this awkward beauty can bring hope back into a solitary beast’s life.

REVIEW: 1819 – Kent England

Lady Henrietta Beauchamp is the oldest of three daughters.  She and her twin sisters, Sarah and Albina, are all lovely young ladies seeking to marry.  When their father passed away, he left a substantial dowry for the sisters.  Henrietta is a very shy young woman who tends to stutter when she is nervous, but she is quite knowledgeable about herbs and has an extensive herb garden.  This has always been a passion for her and she makes teas and salves for medicinal purposes to help her friends and family as needed.

A distant cousin, has succeeded to the title and will now live in what was their home, Plumburn.  They have lived in another home called Roseherst.  Simon DeVere, the Earl of Amhurst, has arrived to take over his new home.  At the same time, he will be looking for a bride.  Thus, he has arranged in advance that the Beauchamp sisters and several other young ladies will be invited to stay for awhile for him to get to know and, hopefully, select a bride from them.  Simon is also known as the Black Earl for he is rumored to have killed his lover to avoid marrying her.  In addition, his face is scarred and he wears a patch over his scarred and blinded eye.

When Simon arrives at Plumburn, the young ladies are all awaiting for him.  Unfortunately, Henrietta is so nervous that she knocks a vase of flowers over herself and soaks her gown.  Well, that certainly got Simon’s attention.  As the house party continues, Simon becomes acquainted with the young ladies but is attracted to Henrietta.  She finds him wandering the house late one evening suffering from pain from his scarred face and she gives him an herb to chew and fixes him a cup of healing tea.  When it soothes his pain, he is very grateful to her.

Unfortunately when several of the young ladies become ill for some unknown reason, people begin to think they have been poisoned and the finger of suspicion points to Henrietta!

I enjoyed this novel and found the characters to be interesting but I felt they were not as well-developed as I would have liked.  However, it did not take away from the story.

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Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


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