- File Size: 1212 KB
- Print Length: 445 pages
- Publisher: Penner Publishing (October 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 12, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FTOYIIG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Thing of Beauty (The Sir Henry March Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The opening scene was heartbreaking for me. To read the pain and abuse our heroine suffers at the hands of her evil, disgusting step-father left me in tears. She showed great courage in standing up to her step-father against his plan to sell her to an older, lecherous man. Thankfully, for me, this wonderful author wrote a strong female lead - which I thoroughly enjoyed. Eliza was a strong, intelligent woman who, once away from her step-father's clutches, just wants to learn as much about the world as she can. She was courageous and curious, and never the usual "simpering miss" that we often read, or would expect to read about in this genre.
Once Eliza finally escapes, she is found and rescued by our hero - Sir Henry. He is much, much more than described in the description/blurb of the story. I truly felt for him; his pain and sorrow, his determination to do the right thing and his drive to help those who are need the most. He's a "knight in shining armor" that you want to nurture and love. He cares for Eliza, and through his patience and tutelage she is able to grow into who she was meant to be.
The connection between Eliza and Henry was beautiful. Their friendship gradually turned into more than just that, in a realistic way. Bianca M. Schwarz did not rush their tale, and that is what endears them to you even more. You really get the chance to learn about them individually, as well as a sense of the deep and passionate friendship that develops between them.
Besides the story of Eliza and Sir Henry, Ms. Schwarz also weaves a tale of intrigue and mystery that includes an ensemble cast of colorful characters that truly complete the whole story. She was able to write this in a way that captivated and held my attention, while staying true to the time period. It was never boring, and each character and setting played its purpose perfectly. Nothing was added just for filler. Like pieces to a puzzle, they all worked together to create the masterpiece that is 'A Thing of Beauty'.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story of ... everything.
From the very opening scene it is clear that our heroine is not of the insipid, fainting variety so commonly depicted in historical romance. It is further clear, after she is kicked down the cellar stairs and sustains a concussion, broken ribs and various other injuries, that she needs rescuing. Being not of the 'damsel in distress' variety, Eliza rescues herself, climbing up a coal shoot and out into the cold, with just the clothes on her back. Yet even with her fortitude of spirit and indomitable will she most likely would not have made it if not for the aid of Sir Henry.
He brings her home with him and nurses her to health, and of course, the inevitable eventually happens. And if this were just a historical romance, the story could easily have ended there, with a Hallmark HEA, but it's not.
Throughout her tale, the author weaves several interesting plot lines, full of intrigue and dark drama, together, which keeps your interest well after the initial culmination of Eliza and Henry's passion for each other. There are many fascinating and well developed sub characters in the book, who are all related to each other in ways that will only become clear if you read through to the thrilling climax - which you should definitely do!
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