Published by Lyrical Press on November 21st 2017
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After two months of treatment at Puddling-on-the-Wold, Mary Nicola Mayfield has shown no improvement, and her condition seems impervious to rehab. But Nicola is not the typical guest of Gloucestershire’s destination village for the wealthy and wayward. The trauma of surviving a horrific train wreck has rendered her mute; her injuries have healed, but try as she might, she cannot utter a sound. With her family and fiancé at their wits’ end, Nicola knows Puddling is the resort—the last resort—that holds any hope for her recovery.
Lord Jack Ryder—baron, businessman and, some say, mad genius—has gone from the heights of success to hit rock bottom, after a faulty girder from his iron foundry caused a dreadful bridge collapse. Nothing has assuaged his guilt over the passenger train that crashed or the lives that were destroyed. The stringent regimen at Puddling is not doing much for his deep depression—until he meets his mysteriously silent neighbor. Their fiery affair breaks all the rules, but will the unspoken truth be too hot to handle?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Redeeming Lord Ryder is the third book in the Cotswold Confidential series by Maggie Robinson. It can easily be read as a stand-alone story.
I have had the pleasure of reading all the books in this series and each new one is as wonderful as the one before it. Puddling-on-the-Wold is a secluded village where wealthy people go, either voluntarily, or via a push from family, to help recover from trauma, or for things like overcoming alcohol abuse, womanising etc. It’s all confidential and in its long history, the people of Puddling have never had a failure.
Lord Ryder, known as Jack in Puddling voluntarily sought out treatment. He blames himself for two people dead and many more people being injured in a train crash caused by faulty work carried out by one of his companies. He’s paid huge amounts of money to the families concerned, he’s apologised wholeheartedly, but despite nobody being angry at him, he cannot get over his guilt. He can’t sleep, he has nightmares, and he hopes being in Puddling will help him overcome his terrible melancholy.
Nicola Mayfield, known only as Nicola in Puddling, has been sent there by her parents who are at their wits end with her. She was one of the people on the train that crashed, and although not badly physically hurt at the time, she doesn’t remember much about the accident at all, and she has lost the ability to speak. It’s not a physical problem, it’s a mental one which nobody understands, least of all Nicola. She has spent more time than most in Puddling and as yet has seen no improvement in her vocal abilities.
When Nicola and Jack meet they immediately feel a rapport with each other. They sneak around in order to see each other and before long they are sharing passionate kisses. The happiness that Nicola brings Jack makes him feel happier than he has in a very long time. The passion that Jack brings to Nicola has her making small noises at least for the first time in just as long. They seem to be the perfect remedy for each other.
They are breaking all the rules, but are having a wonderful time doing so. The only problem is that Jack doesn’t feel like he is worthy of Nicola, and she, in turn, has realised that she was a victim of the train crash he blames himself for. She knows if he finds out who she is that they will have no future together, and yet it’s something she so desperately wants. Is there a way that they can be together despite the obstacles in front of them?
This was such an emotional story, so beautifully written. At times I was close to tears, especially when Nicola realises what actually happened on the train. There are plenty of light-hearted moments to keep the book from being depressing, and there are some lovely hot passionate moments between Jack and Nicola. They are so obviously right for each other, I couldn’t read the book quickly enough to find out how it ended for them. I wasn’t disappointed. My only negative thought about the story is that there was a very big build up to Jack and Nicola finally giving in to their carnal desires, but when it happened, I didn’t get the ‘FINALLY’ thrill for them both. I can’t put my finger on what exactly was missing from the moment, but something was definitely lacking. Despite that, I fully enjoyed their stories and watching them heal because of the love they found with each other.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.