Friday, October 14, 2016

ARC Review of The Earl by Katharine Ashe

At long last Katharine has released the story of Peregrine and Lady Justice.  They have been entangled in a back and forth correspondence through The Falcon Club Series.  Their letters to each other were smart, brusque and laugh out loud funny.  What they don't realize is that they know each other personally and have since Lady Justice was christened.

Colin Gray is the tenth Earl of Egremoor, he is handsome, intelligent and takes his responsibilities seriously.
He was the Secretary of a secret group that aided people rich and poor with all kinds of dilemmas and situations, some of them life threatening.  All the members of the group are now happily married, except Colin.  He knows that his duty is to propose to the lady that he has been promised to his whole life.  Now that his father is gone he can no longer put it off and sets off to do his duty.

Lady Emily Vale has kept her secret identity as a champion of woman, the poor and the forgotten.  She is perfectly happy with her life just the way it is.  Then Colin Gray shows up and proposes marriage.  She cannot believe that he would have the nerve to even be in the same room with her.  She remembers Colin as the only person who understood her as a child and they were inseparable until he changed and had no more time for her.

Lady Justice writes Peregrine because she needs his help to find her sister who has disappeared and she is frantic to find out what happened to her.  Peregrine only has one condition, he wants to meet Lady Justice in person.  Will their secrets be revealed?  Will they forgive each other and admit to the feelings they have always had for each other?

Katharine's writing is so beautiful and heartfelt.  I have loved every book and novella that she has ever written.  The research and accuracy of the time period is praiseworthy and enlightening.  She is witty, brilliant and in my opinion one of the best and brightest in the Historical Romance Genre.  You will delight in the adventures that take Emily and Colin on the journey of their lives.

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