Gothic meets Regency and sends me into a frenzied reader's tailspin. Eakes is one of my favourite authors. She knows how to take her readers on an exquisitely tense journey. I lost myself in the pages of A Lady's Honor. Thank goodness I was on holidays and could read straight through because, believe me, there's no good place to leave off until the very end and even then I was put out because it was over. :-)
Hello -- Cornwall in 1811. Cliffs. Moors. Smugglers. Villainous cads. Dashing heroes. And a heroine struggling to find a balance between following duty and spreading her wings. A tight plot propels Elizabeth into one harrowing ordeal after another and Rowan is swept right along with her. He's made a pledge to keep her safe. She wants nothing to do with him...most of the time. He's rude. Arrogant. Totally unsuitable. Even if he's handsome and charming and tender at all the wrong times. Be still my heart. There's nothing left to say except -- awesome!
A Lady's Honor, by Laurie Alice Eakes, is the first in the "Cliffs of Cornwall" series. Set in Cornwall, England in April 1811, it is an action-packed historical novel that holds the reader's attention to the very end.
Elizabeth Trelawny is rushing to escape an arranged marriage. On her way from England, she is aided by Rowan Curnow, a man she has never met. Risking her reputation by spending most of the night with him, they travel toward her grandparents' home to find safety for her. After her arrival, she is thrown into a dangerous situation involving smugglers, murder, and an unwed cousin's pregnancy. Rowan, secretary to her neighbor, rescues her time and again. But Rowan is keeping his own secrets, which could jeopardize his relationship with Elizabeth forever.
I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading more in the series. The characters were easy to relate to, with problems and flaws that many people today display daily. Elizabeth's discovery that faith in Jesus and a willingness to put the needs of others before oneself was one that everyone needs to learn.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction set in Old England.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
I was drawn from the very beginning of the book. It starts out with Miss Elizabeth Trelawny fleeing from Lord Romsford. During the pursuit, she meets with her brother(or a least assumes it is him) who is saving her from a forced marriage to the dangerous Lord Romsford. Elizabeth finally returns safely to her beloved home, Bastian Point, with her grandparents.
Some readers may be put off by the heroine's untruths and prideful ways but I loved to see how she began to accept God's love for her over time. Even her grandparents, who are believers, made mistakes in dealing with other family members and they realized it in the book. They tell her that if she finds this treasure Elizabeth will inherit Bastian Point.
The mystery, suspense and twist and turns made this book very interesting and darker then your typical Regency books. Well written and with an engaging cast. There is also a nice description of the Cornwall coast.
Strong inspirational message and I loved how the author weaved in the books bible verse found in Matthew 6:21 into the story. Clean Christian Regency. Eager for the next book in the series!
Elizabeth Trelawney has fled to her family home in Cornwall to escape an engagement she doesn't want to a man as old as her grandfather. She is kidnapped by one Rowan Curnow, who is pretending to be a friend of her brothers. Can she trust him? Does she have a choice?
When Elizabeth eventually arrives, she finds her childhood friend is dead, her smuggler brother has run away to hide from the excise men, her cousin has been banished for getting herself into a â€˜delicate situation', and the best friend she hasn't seen for ten years is homeless after the American heir to the estate just happens to be visiting. And it seems danger still lurks _
It's a fast-paced story of mystery and intrigue as Elizabeth is challenged by her grandparents to find the family treasure. This is the first novel in the new Cliffs of Cornwall series, and it's unusual in that it doesn't have the usual portrayal of smugglers as jolly good fellows who wouldn't harm anyone, popular in gothic romances in years gone by. Eakes's portrayal was uncomfortable in that regard, even if it is more accurate.
I did get hung up on a few glitches, including misquoting Shakespeare, misused words, inaccurate coinage, and the imaginary location of Bastion Point - there really is a Bastion Point in Auckland, New Zealand, and it's famous for Maori land protests. Incidentally, while the book blurb calls it "Bastian Point", it's "Bastion Point" inside. Oops.
I'm also not convinced by the references to Conan Lord Penvenen (which made me think of Conan the Barbarian. Sorry). Shouldn't that be Conan, Lord Penvenen? Or simply Conan, as they are talking about a close family friend?
My other issue was with the character of Rowan. We find out more about him as the story progresses, with some major revelations towards the end. While these did explain some of the questions I'd had about Rowan's character, they also left me feeling as if I'd been deceived. Rowan was a viewpoint character, and while he was romantic and reliable as the hero, he was an unreliable narrator, and I felt as if all the conflict around his background was manufactured for the sake of introducing conflict, rather than being an intrinsic part of the story.
Despite these faults I did enjoy A Lady's Honor. It was a good combination of suspense, mystery and romance with a strong underlying Christian message about treasure and unconditional love. However, I didn't enjoy it enough to read it again, and I'm not convinced I enjoyed it enough to bother reading the sequel when it comes out.
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