I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Escape Publishing on May 1, 2014
Genres: Regency Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Can the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriage?
From the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall, Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams. But the cold reality of an inherited estate in wretched condition, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death, provide Sebastian with no time for dreams — only a mystery to solve and a murderer to bring to justice.
Isabel, widow of the late Lord Somerton, is desperate to bury the memory of her unhappy marriage by founding the charity school she has always dreamed of. Except, her dreams are soon shattered from beyond the grave when she is not only left penniless, but once more bound to the whims of a Somerton.
But this Somerton is unlike any man she has met. Can the love of an honourable man heal her broken heart or will suspicion tear them apart?
Today is the release day for Alison Stuart’s fabulous Regency-era romance, Lord Somerton’s Heir. I recently discovered Alison Stuart as an author, having previously met her through Romance Writers of Australia.
Here’s my thoughts on Lord Somerton’s Heir:
I remember, while reading another of Alison Stuart’s books earlier this year, being struck by how easy it was to imagine the words on the page leaping out at you like images on a movie screen.
When I opened Lord Somerton’s Heir on my Kindle and saw this in the opening paragraph, I knew that this would be another absorbing read:
In the light of the lanterns held up by the stablehands, the glossy hide of the great, black horse reflected fire. The animal shivered, breaking the fire into golden sparks. …
Fantastic opening few lines, hey? It’s not just the detail that I enjoyed about Lord Somerton’s Heir. The emotion, the suspense and the connection between Isabel & Sebastian all joined it and came together to create a truly enjoyable story.
Isabel, Lady Somerton, is another wonderfully strong Stuart heroine – giving of herself and her time, and wanting to make the best of where she has landed in life. I loved that despite the sadness of her past and potential future roadblocks, she doesn’t lose sight of what she wants to achieve. Sebastian’s life is thrown into upheaval, all of a sudden transformed from the soldier son of a small town minister to a position high in Regency society. I loved his sense of honour, and that he sought to maintain the relationships he had with his siblings.
These two were so beautifully suited, and throughout the bumps and twists of the story, I often found myself willing them along to their richly-deserved happy ending.
Another highlight for me with Lord Somerton’s Heir were the characters on the periphery. They helped to create a vivid and strong story. With regard to the suspense element of the story, this was so very well done. There were a few moments where I thought I had things figured out, but then suddenly suspicion would be directed elsewhere.
As I understand, the move to Regency romantic suspense is a new one for Ms Stuart – and I have to say, it is an excellent move on her part. I’m very much looking forward to more.