Ooh, the widow has a backbone and has decided to use it. Dear Moira, don't lose that, please. (I may be tired of door-mat females)
I think this would have been just as good a story without the secondary mystery (your mileage may vary)
Miss Eleanor Hancourt was living as Nell Court as a governess, escaping family scandal and predatory fortune hunters, taking the best care she can of her employer's wards when she bumps into a man she assumes is the new estate manager, he's actually the Earl of Barberry, her employer, but he goes with the fiction to find out more about his estate. Along the way they fall for each other but both have issues with the other finding out who they are, can the love survive the truth.
And then there's the treasure subplot that just didn't really add to the story. The ending of it was all wrapped up way to easily as well and I felt like there were parts missing when the villains were confronted, it felt quite rushed. Not a bad read, has potential.
The Christmas season has come to London, along with a new moon, and there are things that take advantage of the dark of night (reviewer aside - why Christmas Eve and not Solstice?). Among all the gifts and cheer, a Book finds its way into the hands of a resentful young man who desires power. What starts as a sacrifice and invocation, soon proves dark and alien, to a dangerous end.
So. Mercedes Lackey has written a story with Lovecraftian flavor. This has resulted in probably the coziest "C'thulhu Mythos" story I have ever encountered. Note: there is no direct reference in name or language to the Mythos, but the traits are heavily present throughout. It also gives us more of her vision of Sherlock Holmes & Co, as introduced in A Study in Sable, and stars the ever steady Nan, Sarah, and their birds. If you want more Nan and Sarah, or just want cozy Mythos story, give it a try. If the idea of a cozy Lovecraftian novel hurts your mind, I recommend skipping this one.
Advance Reader Copy courtesy of DAW (Penguin RandomHouse) in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.
Christian Faraday crashes his horses and curricle into Merrisa's wagon. Since it is cold out and his one horse is injured she invites him to her home. Merrisa is not one to hold her tongue and Christian, being an earl, is not used to others saying what they think. He and Merrisa are attracted to one another but not in the same class so both think the best thing would be to stay away from the other but scandal follows Christian into the country and Merrisa goes to London to save her brother where Christian must rescue her.
I liked Merrisa. She is sharp-tongued and feisty and takes on all. She may be afraid but she knows how to give a set down. I can see her in my mind going up against the roughest, toughest people. I chuckled at her as she often bests the rest. I liked Christian. He is all the negative things he thinks but Merrisa sees more in him, once she lets her prejudices slide (just a little.) Merrisa keeps Christian on his toes. I chuckled as the two of them went after each other. Elizabeth, Merrisa's sister, is a good foil for her. Their brother should be kicked where the sun don't shine.
I enjoyed the story. It moved quickly and was fun. It shows the hypocrisy of the times. Keep it discreet and you can do anything. I like how Merrisa does help Christian with a certain problem. I would read this author again.
Lady Evie Chesterfield has been crazy about Lord Richard Maitland, Marquees of Westfall, her brother’s best friend, since she was 16. Over the years, they became close friends. Evie became someone Richard could rely on and go to. When his reputation is destroyed by his final act of defiance on society’s expectation by claiming the illegitimate daughter he didn’t know he had, he pulls his friendship away from Evie.
I really loved this book. The characters had me absolutely engrossed in the book. I couldn’t put it down until it was done. I did find myself mad at Richard several times throughout the story for his ignorant treatment of Evie, but forgave him by the end:) I highly recommend.
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