My rating: 4 of 5 gargoyles
Ahhh, beloved Grace Burrowes. Whenever I settle in for one of your books, I know I’m in for a treat and you have almost never disappointed me. This book was no exception.
Noah and Thea were a beautiful couple. What sets this book in particular apart from most of the historical romances is that it DIDN’T feature the oh-so-typical routs and rides in the park, and all of the stuff happening. No. The bulk of this book takes place AFTER the wedding. Noah’s proposal to Thea, to my mind, really was more like what proposals were probably like back in the period. Business arrangements, with everyone getting something out of it (granted, women didn’t get much in the grand scheme, other than a bit more freedom).
Both carried secrets and both had a heavy burden on them. It’s not easy being a duke when said duke takes his responsibilities to heart. Noah is the picture of what a proper man should be – he’s serious about those in his care, and will protect his own. He’s understandably upset about Thea’s little secret, but the book didn’t focus on that. The two worked through it with little uproar.
Thea – she might have been raised a Lady, and had a peer for a brother, but she didn’t shirk away from doing what she thought necessary to take care of her family, even if it meant putting herself into service as a companion. I loved her attitude toward life in general and was happy to see her get a happy ending.
Nice cast of secondary characters and I look forward to more in this particular series. This didn’t make me cry like one of Ms. Burrowes’ more recent books, but I don’t need to cry to enjoy a book.
So – highly recommend. Check it out!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.