Monday, November 13, 2017

Review of Once upon a Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt

Once again we are transported back to Maiden Lane and into the lives of the characters that we have come to love.  This Novella tells the story of Mary Whitsun, an orphan who was left on the steps of the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children in St. Giles.  Mary grew up there and is now a nanny for Lord and Lady Caire's two young children.

One day Mary is in her favorite bookstore when she is pestered by a Gentleman that seems to know her by a different name.  She wants nothing to do with him and leaves as quickly as she can.  Henry was sure that the young lady was his fiancee, she was the exact image of Lady Joanna.  It turns out that Lady Joanna was born a twin and both girls were kidnapped when they were babies, and only one of the little girls were ever found.

Mary cannot believe that she is the long-lost daughter of a lord.  She has lived her life as a servant and considers herself lucky to have a position with a family whom she loves.  She is thrown into the position of a Lady, and she engaged to be married to the man from the bookstore.  As she becomes more sure of herself and spends more time with Henry, she finds that she can be happy if Henry is by her side.

As Henry and Mary get to know each other and spend a lot of time together, they find themselves falling in love. Just as everything is coming together for their HAE someone is trying to kill Mary, she has been shot at twice, the second time her maid was hit in the arm.  Henry is determined to find the culprit who is trying to take Mary away from him. 

As always Elizabeth writes a wonderful story that will pull you into her world that is filled with stunning characters, a plot that is surprising as it is mysterious with a surprising ending.  This novella can be read as a stand-alone.  If you have never read the Maiden Lane Series by Elizabeth I recommend that you start at the beginning.  You will love this Series.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Review of The Earl Who Loved Her by Sophie Barnes

The second book in The Honorable Scoundrels Series is another must read by Sophie.  This story tells the tale of the youngest Potter sister.  Eve Potter has been invited to her friend's house for the Christmas Holiday.  She doesn't want to leave her sister home alone, but Josephine insists that she go.  The Potter girls are living on the income that Josephine brings in, also Louise, the heroine in the first book has left home for a Governess position.  Both sisters are determined to give Eve the Season to that she deserves and will do whatever has to be done it see Eve take her place in Society and find her a husband.

Arriving early and not seeing the carriage that is supposed to take her to Havisham , Eve decides to walk and arrives at the wrong house.  Bryce Harlow the Earl of Ravenworth has no choice but to let Eve spend the night and have her taken to her friends home in the morning.  Eve and Bryce are instantly attracted to each other.  Inclement weather strands Eve at Bryce's house.  Bryce is determined to resist Eve even though his feelings are growing stronger.  Bryce knows that as soon as she finds out about his reputation and why he has been ostracized from his family and society she will leave him alone and with a broken heart.  What he doesn't count on is Eve's belief in his honor and her love for him.

This is a beautiful love story that highlights the strength of the human heart and how fate can change your life.  Eve and Bryce are truly honest and noble characters that you will love.  This is more than just a Christmas Season Novella, it is redemption and life-changing for Eve and Bryce.  Sophie has written a superb novella and I cannot wait for Josephine's story.  I highly recommend this book.

Received a complimentary copy for an honest review.