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- Publisher: Lyrical Press (March 31, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2020
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B082CF5J6W
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What a fabulous read it was.
This story is the epitome of what I love to find in a book, clever characters, strong without being too much, resilient, a dash of sleuthing, some actions without overdoing it, the right dose of steam ...
I loved this book even more than the previous one, the heroine is just perfect, with her flaws and insecurities, she was able to draw a future for herself and when things move, she adapts herself to the situation.
Dorothea has loved and lost, have been overlooked for shinier, showier ladies, then discarded because she was not pretty enough. I admired her because she could have become bitter and resentful. Instead she gave a purpose to her life.
So when the man, she loved and left her, comes back from the dead, when she could have lashed to his hurtful actions, she is content and willing to help him regain his rank. But cautious she must be, as her heart is still a fluttering thing, easily swayed.
Benedict was an arrogant man and it was life’s lessons that taught him to regard it under a different radar. For long, he just wanted what was seen as the most beautiful item, what shone the most. Unable to see beauty could be a hidden gem. When his temper cost him his place among the English ton, he did not understand the full length of this life’s lesson until he reiterated it in his second chance life.
Now, older, wiser, he thinks he has everything mapped out.
Until he crosses road with the one woman he cowardly abandoned without the courage of a word to explain himself.
And this same woman is now everything he would want for himself, as beauty is a fickle thing and Dorothea has grown in a gorgeous woman, determined, making her own decisions.
I loved Mrs Lynne Connolly didn’t let the past define her characters, both when they meet again are very different from their younger self, why anger found no room between them. There might have lingering hurt, but it is easily left behind when the future is threatened. Dorothea is very rational, she examines her every feelings and refuses to go blind. She tells and asks. She stands and does not cower. Benedict knows he must make amends for the pain he selfishly even if unknowingly inflicted her. And the more he gets to know her, the more he sees the error of his past, even if he needed to grew up to become the man he is now.
Mrs Lynne Connolly offers with Benedict and Dorothea’s story a full of layers tale with action, suspense, friendship and love.
A big 5 stars for a tale forgiveness and going forward.
I was granted an advance ecopy by the publisher Kensington, I preordered my own.
Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
Dorothea Rowland is proud and honored to have become a member of The Society for Single Ladies. The society was formed by London’s wealthiest woman, Angela Childers, in order to solve crimes. At thirty, Dorothea is firmly on the shelf, and happy with her life. After her almost betrothal to Benedict Thorpe, she’d not quite taken the ton by storm and had settled into spinsterhood. She was thrilled with an assignment from the society – to investigate the new claimant to the Marquessate of Belstead. He’s having the last heir, Ben, declared legally dead so he can assume the title.
At the urging of his best friend, Lord Henry (Hal) Evington, Ben returns to England to prove he is alive and to stop his cousin from assuming the title. It isn’t that he wants the title or even to be back in England, but his cousin Louis has decimated the formerly beautiful and rich estate. The tenants are suffering and Ben can’t let that continue.
Ben immediately recognizes Dorothea – and she him. What ensues are attempts at murder, betrayals, an unexpected villain, and a romance. Ben and Dorothea have to solve a mystery and claim the title for Ben, and as they work together, they grow to respect and care for each other.
This is a nicely told tale – the plot is a good one, the writing is good – but, I just couldn’t get into the story and found myself skimming over sections of it. I think the characters just didn’t grab me by the heart – and I’m not sure why. I would suggest you read the story and decide for yourself whether the characters bring you joy.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.