A very slow read - filled with uninteresting details and little plot. Even the dialog between the main characters falls flat .
The 1st part of the story was very interesting. The story about the family sward, the family history there at the family home, and who might be trying to find and steal the sward. But then the story focused so much on the the two main characters relationship and it just didn't really go anywhere from there until the very end. Cute story. Could have done way more with the story and not just the two main characters.
Slow moving and the love story happens without much explanation.
When Sarah's father dies from a sudden illness, she has no idea that he's been murdered. When she learns that he was poisoned and that it might be related to a family heirloom that her father just barely revealed to her, she's not sure what to do. When some of those closest to her insist on hiring a bodyguard for her, in case she to is a target, she's not happy about it. But another tragedy makes it clear that she is indeed at risk. She doesn't expect to fall in love with her new bodyguard or feel so at home in her hiding spot. As she faces the unknown she must decide what she really wants and what's she's willing to give up to get it. I quite enjoyed this new book by Anita Stansfield. The build-up and suspense is superbly done with the tension building from the very first page. I especially enjoyed Sarah as a character, she's rather an unusual lady in that she's not proud or greedy, her best friend is her personal maid. And she has no trouble accepting her growing feelings for her bodyguard, even though he's from a different class. The author also does an excellent job disguising the culprit. The guilty party isn't really obvious, which leads Sarah and Darius back to Castle Courtenay in search of answers when hiding doesn't get them any closer to answers. The love story between the two is sweet and gentle, but Darius has his past to deal with and Sarah of course must deal with the challenges of her present. If you enjoy historical suspense with great details and a sweet romance, I can easily recommend this one.
I so adored this story! With a handsome man as her protector and her best friend in tow, the maiden must flee for her life. But, when trouble follows her, she realizes she needs to face the killer and claim her rights as heir of Courtenay. You will be surprised at the twists in this story and where the "emerald heart" lays. AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL!
This book is probably my favorite Anita Stansfield novel ever! The way she wrote her characters, plot, and setting just combined to make the perfect book. I didn’t want to put it down!
This whole book is written through the eyes of Sarah Courtenay. Sarah’s father dies in the first chapter. And it isn’t much after that that the reader learns that her father was killed. And there’s some concern that Sarah will be next. I loved the way the author did this. It just created enough suspense that the reader is entranced and wants to keep reading to find out what will happen to Sarah.
Sarah is a great character! She’s kind, compassionate, smart and willing to put herself in danger for her friends and family. But she’s an heiress, so she goes into hiding with Darius, the man hired to be her bodyguard. I loved the relationships that Sarah forms with those around her. Her aunt, is a great example of someone that Sarah cares for, even though she is a bit of a whiny woman. I loved the way Poppy and Sarah loved and cared for each other through the whole book.
The plot of this one is great! I loved the way the reader never quite knows who the killer is until the end, when it’s revealed by the author.
This is such a great book! Make sure to read it!
I was sent a copy of The Emerald Heart of Courtenay as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Anita Stansfield was once my favorite author but lately her books seem to be dragging and dull, but her latest had me intrigued from the very beginning. The Emerald Heart of Courtenay helped give me hope that her writing is getting good again, for I was glued to this book. It is different from anything I’ve seen her write. A romance with a subplot of mystery. In fact, I didn’t see the ending coming. It was brilliant.
Former Anita fans should give this book a try and any romance readers in general. You’ll come to love Darius yourself.