06 July 2020

The Sugar Baron's Ring | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


ABOUT THE BOOK


A ring is her only tie to a distant homeland, until a marooned Englishman anchors her heart.

Hannah Rose Barrington is the island misfit. Orphaned at a young age, Hannah struggles to provide for her future, while her guardian, a weak-hearted island drunk, bleeds Hannah of her father’s inheritance. Caught between the classes of elite planters and white beggars, Hannah yearns to find a place to belong.

University life has never been Bradlee Granville’s forte. His only hope to graduate is to impress his professors by documenting his travels. After claiming unforeseeable circumstances, he delays his final exams and sets out early on his Grand Tour. However, when his ship wrecks off the coast of the Leeward Islands, Bradlee is left without means to return to England, a mounting deadline, and ruined journals.

When Hannah rescues passengers from a ship breaking apart in the bay, she’s unexpectedly drawn to the witty charm of one of the men. Helping him settle into island life will be a pleasure. However, as creditors, like sharks, begin to circle and her guardian’s desperation becomes life threatening, Hannah finds herself in need of rescue. Will Bradlee look past her pitiful situation to see who she truly is—the sugar baron’s daughter?

Publisher: Wild Heart Books
Release Date: June 9, 2020


OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES


MY REVIEW

Lorri Dudley’s Leeward Island series continues with another romantic tale, The Sugar Baron’s Ring.

A shipwreck brings Hannah Rose Barrington and Bradlee Granville together (and gives Hannah an opportunity to prove her strength amidst shark-infested waters), but circumstances threaten to keep their natural chemistry from becoming something more. Hannah, left under the care of an irresponsible guardian, struggles to find a place to belong, while Bradlee, longing for his father’s approval, is trapped by what he believes he needs to do.

As the story between Hannah and Bradlee unfolds in The Sugar Baron’s Ring, their romance proves complicated—and not without some intrigue and adventure. I enjoyed getting to know both characters through it all, as each is, in his or her own ways, easy to love. Add to the drama and the characters a vivid island backdrop, and The Sugar Baron’s Ring makes for a delightful read, a perfect summer getaway. 


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household.


GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR

The Sugar Baron’s Ring is the third book in the Leeward Island series. My heroine is caught between social classes as the daughter of a sugar baron and an impoverished white beggar since her guardian sold her inheritance to pay his debts. To generate the feeling of being a misfit, I delved back to those awkward years of middle and high school, where we often struggle to discover where we belong. Before my senior year, my family and I moved to New England for a job change. I’d had a great group of friends at my old school, but at my new school, I was a stranger—an outsider—trying to find acceptance, much like Hannah.

Bradlee, the hero, on the other hand, was fashioned in a completely different manner. At my house, the slang terms “bruh” and “noob” are tossed around by my three boys, along with constant fraternal teasing. A lot of their sarcastic wit and camaraderie are portrayed through Bradlee and his grand tour companion, Colin. Their light-hearted banter depicts the tight bonds of a deep relationship where faults may be mocked, but offenses are overlooked, and if ever in trouble, they have each other’s backs. Hannah is drawn to Bradlee, craving a similar connection but loses her heart to him in the process.

The first opening scene came about because my family loves Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. After binge-watching practically every episode, I knew my hero and heroine would meet under the duress of a shiny, steel-gray fin plowing through the water. (Queue the Jaws theme song.) However, our resourceful heroine contains the strength to rescue the hero as opposed to the other way around.

All these things, being a misfit, teasing, and shark attacks, play out in a grander scheme to show how God never leaves us nor forsakes us. He’s laying out the pieces of our happily-ever-after while developing our character and purpose. The Sugar Baron’s Ring demonstrates how God’s light shines bright even in the darkness.

To learn more, check out my website or click here to watch The Sugar Baron’s Ring book trailer.


GIVEAWAY


To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.

TOUR SCHEDULE

11 comments:

  1. Great review and cover.

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    1. Thank you, Rita. I'm so glad you liked them both.

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  2. Lovely review! I'm enjoying following along the blog tour and want to read every book in this series! They all sound good :-)

    Thanks for your participation, Hallie!

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  3. I really liked the review and description of the book. Looking forward to reading.

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    1. Dianne, I'm so glad you like the review. Happy reading!

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  4. Wonderful review! This series sounds like a must read. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Caryl, Thank you for your kind words. Happy reading!

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  5. This sounds like a really great read. Very pretty cover!

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    1. Hi Debbie, Thank you for your interest and I'm glad you liked the cover. It always helps to have a tropical island as a setting. Enjoy!

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  6. I enjoyed the review and am really looking forward to reading this book.

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  7. I appreciate getting to read about your book. With sisters and daughters who love to read, this helps so thank you.

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