I’ve become a great fan of Sian Ann Bessey’s historical romance books. Not only is her writing beautiful and well-researched, but her settings are richly painted, and she is a master at creating colorful, multi-layered, and engaging characters.
Rumors of Lord Adam Dunsbourne’s bad reputation abound in his neighborhood, and Phoebe Hadford can’t help but be concerned about his supposed treatment of his sister Emily. When she steps in to help Emily, Phoebe finds that all is not as it seemed to be. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Adam and Phoebe develop and change as they work together to save Adam’s orchard and solve the mystery of the forger who was destroying lives and livelihoods.
This is the third book in Bessey’s Georgian Gentlemen series, but it can easily be read alone. You’ll want to read the other two books, because they’re fantastic, also. I’m looking forward to more of Bessey’s writing in the future. I love the glimpses into different slices of history that she weaves into her tales. 4.5 stars
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author and Covenant Communications through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Lord Adam Dunsbourne is a tyrant. At least, that’s what everyone says. The tales are shocking: accounts of a man who gambled away the family fortune and keeps his younger sister, Emily, captive in their home at Dunsbourne Manor. So when Adam and his sister make an unexpected appearance at a dinner party, the scandalized whispers cannot be contained.
New to the town, Phoebe Hadford hears the condemning rumors and determines to do all she can to help the baron’s oppressed sister. Upon entering Dunsbourne Manor, however, she quickly discovers that all is not what she has been led to believe.
Adam, though unsure of whether he can trust the intentions of his beautiful neighbor, is quickly drawn in by Phoebe’s genuine nature. But even as his and Phoebe’s connection deepens, a dangerous enemy from his past reemerges. For years, Adam has hunted for the man who betrayed him, not realizing he had only to wait. His foe has returned, and this time, he will threaten everything Adam cherishes most—including the woman he loves.