14 April 2014

A Lady's Honor by Laurie Alice Eakes

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England, 1811. 
A tarnished reputation. 
A distant home. 
A forced engagement to a dangerous man. 

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.

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.

A Lady’s Honor, by Laurie Alice Eakes, brings to life relationships and social interaction in early 19th-century England. What a different world these characters know – so very unlike 21st-century America. The formality, the calculations, the suppositions. The novel transported me, completely captivated, wondering if I could have survived in such a time period. With the romance and suspense added to this setting and its characters, A Lady’s Honor is an enjoyable read – one I would recommend to anyone with an interest in historical fiction. So, I cannot help but thank BookLook Bloggers for providing me with a free copy of this novel, as well as the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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