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Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
The first book of the Marlow Intrigues is an appealing story that entertains from the beginning to the satisfying conclusion. The power of a family that works together toward a common goal when all else seems to fail strengthens the narrative. The romance pulls at the heartstrings.
Edward Marlow is enthralled by Gainsborough’s mistress, a stunning beauty who is always by his side. With a glance, Ellen Harding lets him know she’s available to him. He’s unaware of her dire circumstances — that she craves freedom from her cruel master while a secret keeps her bound to the evil lord. Finally, in desperation, Ellen goes to Edward in the dark of night and begs him to help her. He agrees, not realizing the burdens she carries. Although they elope, she still feels unworthy of his love. That love is tested by his brother, the earl, who taunts second son Edward. As each of the riddles in Ellen’s life is revealed, Edward rallies to find solutions to the problem. (SAPPHIRE STAR, Apr., 368 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed By: Donna M. Brown
Publisher: SAPPHIRE STAR
Published: April 2013