There’s a gothic feel to book one of the Uncanny Chronicles, with its dark themes and settings. Internal and external struggles collide as the protagonists wrestle with personal demons and clash with common enemies. The road to their happily ever after is fraught with danger.
When Nellie Barchester is dumped from a carriage, cut and beaten, Julian Darke rescues her. He takes her to his operating room and meticulously stitches the horrible wounds on her face and body. Julian is shocked to know Nellie’s assailant, a minion of the man he believes is connected to his origins, Sir Thaddeus Ormond. As a foundling, Julian is still searching for the truth even though he has been lovingly raised and taught by a fine doctor. Julian slowly restores Nellie’s confidence and is attracted to the woman beneath the scars. She shocks him by telling him she’s wed to Ormond’s son, and that she must honor that marriage. As she attempts to keep her vows, Nellie’s life is threatened again. Julian must fight both their battles. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $4.50)