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A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes | Book Review by Loraine Nunley #bookreview

What is this book about?

On the cliffs of 19th-century Cornwall, a spirited, impetuous young woman is torn between the honor of her family and the longing of her heart. England, 1811. A tarnished reputation. A distant home. A forced engagement to a dangerous man. When Elizabeth Trelawny flees London, she has more than one reason to run. And when her carriage, pursued by her would-be fiancé, is caught in a storm, she quickly accepts the help of a dark stranger. Anything to get back to Cornwall. Rowan Curnow is not exactly a stranger. Not quite a gentleman either, class disparity once kept him from courting Elizabeth . . . even if it didn’t keep him from kissing her. The couple elude their pursuers and reach Bastian Point, Elizabeth’s future inheritance and the one place she calls home. But in the very act of spiriting her to safety, Rowan has jeopardized Elizabeth’s inheritance-if her Grandfather ever learns she spent the night, however innocently, in the company of a man. When smugglers unite the pair in a reckless, flirtatious alliance-an alliance that challenges the social norms that Elizabeth has been raised to revere and rattles Rowan’s fledgling faith in God-Elizabeth must choose between the obedience of a child and the desires of a woman: whether to cling to the safety of her family home or follow the man she loves.

My review:

Oh the mystery. First Elizabeth is rescued from a forced engagement and then trouble surrounds her family. To top it off, she is attracted to a man whose station prohibits her from pursuing her growing feelings.

Elizabeth was a tough nut. At first I admired her courage and tenacity, then I was annoyed with her determination to dwell upon her victim status, and then she surprised me by redeeming herself and finding the treasure she was meant to have.

Now Rowan was a different story altogether. I loved him right from the start. There were times when I thought he would be better off just walking away from Elizabeth but then he wouldn’t be the man I admired.

I enjoyed working to solve the mystery presented in the first part of the book. There were many suspicions but the author still managed to surprise me some.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

Rowan’s depth of character and love.

What I didn’t like about this book:

I found the grandparent’s faith at odds with how they acted much of the time.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. Even with the roller coaster of character growth for Elizabeth, the romance is endearing. This is the first book in the series.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Laurie Alice Eakes, Amazon page

-Loraine Nunley

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