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Edwards has delivered another stunningly romantic installment in her Lacey Chronicles, full of historical references and nuanced language. This reviewer’s only regret is that, as a huge fan of the series, this offering pales in comparison to the first two titles. The characters are less multi-faceted and don’t contain the depth of Ellie and Jane. Nevertheless the romance sizzles, and readers will still desperately await the remaining Lacey romances.

As the daughter of one of London’s wealthiest merchants, Mercy Hart is a regular princess of the city. She’s also a very proper Puritan, with a very strict father. A sheltered girl, she meets Kit Turner, whom she believes to be a musician’s apprentice. Their chemistry is undeniable, and he vows to request her father’s permission to court her. Kit Turner is the bastard son of the Earl of Dorset, half-brother to Will Lacey and his siblings. He makes a solid living starring in the London theatre. When he meets Mercy, he falls head over heels in love. Unfortunately, Mercy and her family abhor the stage and cast him out. A cruel twist of fate leaves Mercy wondering if she’ll stand by her man after all. (DELACORTE, Jan., 272 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780375989766, HC, 14 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Raven Haller