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A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?
Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.
The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?
Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?
Filled with intrigue, unexpected twists, and faultless period detail, this slow-burn romance is a must-read for lovers of classic Regency fiction.
This is an entertaining historical romantic suspense, a real page turner with plenty of danger, mystery and romance. Emma Smythe is the granddaughter of the previous a highly educated, feisty female who is determined not to be a simpering young lady or anyone’s wife! She is also adamant that she be involved in solving the mystery of just who is endeavouring to harm her family and that she’s responsible for protecting her young brother, the legitimate new holder of the family title. Richard Lacey had unexpectedly inherited the title but he’s more than willing to cede it to the legitimate heir but
With great characters and real family dramas this is a great story to keep you guessing. Neither Emma nor Richard are actually looking for a spouse but as they work together to help protect her brother and each other, their attraction grows. His sister is also a brilliant, determined lady and is certainly not the simpering wallflower Emma seems to assume women become when married. There are plenty of surprises and twists as the story progresses, it is a story about past wrongs being put to rights by honourable relatives, love blossoming when least expected and family dramas. I definitely look forward to reading more by this author in future!
Thank you for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Penny Hampson writes mysteries, and because she has a passion for history, you’ll find her stories also reflect that. A Gentleman’s Promise, a traditional Regency romance, was Penny’s debut novel, which was shortly followed by more in the same genre. Penny also enjoys writing contemporary mysteries with a hint of the paranormal, because where do ghosts come from but the past?
Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).
For more on Penny’s writing, visit her blog: https://pennyhampson.co.uk/blog/
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