Published by Madison Street Publishing on September 1st 2016
With her third London season drawing to a close, the shy Eliza Malcolm seems unlikely to find any husband, let alone a titled one. But when the hunting-crazed Duke of Brockenhurst invites the Malcolms to visit Harrowhaven, Eliza’s father jumps at the chance to gain a wealthy son-in-law. Surrounded by quarreling parents, tactless acquaintances, the aloof dowager, and the unsettling duke, Eliza looks for one person kind enough to help her navigate the murky waters of Harrowhaven’s secrets….
Estranged from his brother the duke, Henry Rowland only planned to visit Harrowhaven for the afternoon, but after meeting his brother’s intended, his designs are overthrown. As misfortune strikes Harrowhaven, Jacob Pevensey is called in to investigate. Henry learns that the only way to safeguard Eliza Malcolm’s happiness is to face the past he has been running from for ten long years.
~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
This book is by a new to me author and what a way to be introduced. Rosanne E. Lortz presents us with what we think is going to be the hero, Rufus Rowland, the Duke of Brockenhurst and right away he is NOT hero material. Then we are introduced to his charming, slightly sarcastic and mischievous brother Henry and we want him to be the hero. Then we meet Miss Eliza Malcolm, the epitome of what an English lady should be, quiet, demure and modest. She is total opposite of the women that the Duke usually prefers.
Throughout the story Henry and Eliza are put together because while they are at a house party to announce their engagement, the Duke does NOT meet expectations as host. He rarely speaks to Eliza and has no real entertainments planned except for a hunt. The only reason Henry is visiting is to stop a marriage between his brother and Eliza.
The story is set up brilliantly to showcase the mystery it contains. Without giving spoilers this story has twists and turns that had me wondering right up to the end who really “done” it! The friendship that develops between Henry and Eliza is charming, he pulls her out of her shell and she helps to make him want to be the man that is there to protect and care for her. The secondary characters help to keep you guessing and wanting to turn pages. While I was not overly charmed by Eliza’s parents they served their purpose and supported the age old truth- girls are only good for furthering the family position within the ton and they have little other use.
I enjoyed the story and have downloaded the first in the series to be caught up as it were. You will enjoy the book and be glad to be there as what goes around comes back around and justice is meted out. I was grinning like a ninny at the end and happily so! Thank you Ms. Lortz for a delightful read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.