When Edward Hastings’ ship sinks, his sister Samantha suddenly finds herself thrust back into society upon her sister-in-laws order’s. Samantha isn’t used to following it’s stifling rules, and when her guardian Lord Benjamin Westwood announces his intention to find her a suitable husband, it’s almost more than she can stand. Yet there is an unmistakable connection between the two, and they find themselves drawn to one another. So Benjamin decides upon the perfect plan; a marriage of convenience. However when Benjamin discovers information regarding Edward’s disappearance, he fears the family may be danger…
Do you know I think this was my first ever historical romance, and what a spiffingly good read it was!
Alyssa Drake captures the essence of the time without getting bogged down in incidentals, or trying overly hard. The story just had this natural flow that I believe owes a lot to Drake’s characterisation. Samantha and Benjamin have this great chemistry, but they were also fully developed characters in their own right. I loved that she opted to make Samantha a strong and out spoken woman despite the period she has chosen, very Elizabeth Bennett. The romance world needs more heroines like this! I also found that her secondary characters weren’t neglected or regulated to the sidelines, they had a purpose.
And the romance wasn’t the novels sole focus. It definitely plays the larger role, but the Hastings family mystery was a nice addition to the story and a great way to hook the reader from the very beginning. Well, I know I was!