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The Lost Lieutenant (Serendipity & Secrets) Paperback – April 21, 2020
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- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0825446171
- ISBN-13 : 978-0825446177
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.76 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Kregel Publications (April 21, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #150,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When the Prince Regent declares the two must marry, Diana and Evan have no choice but to follow his directives. But both of them also have secrets they keep from each other. After giving Evan a title and a crumbling home, the Prince Regent ensures the two marry and carry out his plans to revive the property. I loved how the Prince Regent either knowingly or unknowingly thwarted the plans of Diana's father and her brother.
Diana is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her nephew from her father even taking him from her father's home. I loved watching Evan interact with her nephew.. Evan knows he has forgotten something he needs to remember. In the process of renovations, the two realize they can not keep secrets from each other if they want to experience true happiness. They need to trust each other and work together to keep Diana’s nephew safe and help Evan rediscover his lost memories.
I think the Prince Regent is the perfect meddling grandfather-like figure. I would have loved reading more about what he was thinking as he set these two up for marriage. I also adored meeting Evan’s parents. I just wish I could have gotten to know them better. They seemed to be the perfect example of what a country preacher and his wife should be like and act like.
So if you like Regency period novels that deal with nobility, check out this book for yourself.
I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
The Lost Lieutenant, the first in the Serendipity & Secrets series, is set in one of my favorite historical time periods, the end of the Napoleanic Era, moving into the beginning of the Regency Era. Any reader who enjoys the Regency Era is going to love this series!
Injured in the war, Evan Eldridge was simply itching to get out of the hospital and back on the battlefields. When he learns that the Prince Regent has bestowed the title Earl of Whitlock, with an unheard of estate, Evan finds himself befuddled and making errors that other members of high society are horrified at his actions. To Evan, his seemingly normal behavior, is now all wrong and placing him right in the middle of a contentious situation.
To further show the new Earl of Whitefield, his gratitude for his brave rescue of a peer, the Prince Regent announces he will see Evan and a lovely new bride, leaving her father seriously disgruntled as he watches his plans for his daughters inherited fortune, go to another man. An usurper, a phony; someone who is truly not part of the upper echelons of society.
When the new Earl learns that someone plans to harm him and is new bride, they all escape the city for the countryside estate. What they find there is not quite was expected.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Just Read Tours and am not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions therein are solely my own, and freely shared.
What an amazing Regency tale. Two people completely at a loss for situations thrust upon them. A war hero Evan Eldridge, is given a title, that comes with a run-down estate, and a bride he felt obligated to marry. Diana Seaton has a marriage foisted upon her and doesn't know if she can trust her new husband. She trades in her cruel father and brother for an unknown husband.
Very engaging story! I could not put it down!
Quotes I enjoyed:
At the moment, he looked at Evan as if you were a stray mongrel sneaking into a pedigree kennel. Which was just how Evan felt.
Upon arriving at his dilapidated estate with his steward and former army friend, "We might as well advance, sir. " followed by the standard army answer "Retreat is not an option."
Nobility had more to do with character than birth. There were many who called themselves Noble because of their family tree, but Evan had nobility stamped all over him because of his character.
All his military said if you ever gave someone the opportunity to best you, you gave them a weapon to use against you. This was what love did to you. Made you vulnerable because the person you loved had enough of your heart to break it. He'd never trusted someone like that before, but now he needed to. Wanted to, even.