Anthony Blake, the Earl of Wilshire, is in love with his best friend's sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies—including his own—has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the facade of a flirtatious playboy.
Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn't as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.
She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?
|Size||5.5 x 8.5|
|Published||Shadow Mountain 2017|
This book is part of the Proper Romance line but it has a wonderful mystery full of suspicions, clues, hints, and everything I love to keep me reading late into the night.
I loved the setting of this novel. Reading about India in a time where it was treated as almost a summer-home for the British was so interesting. The setup with Anthony Blake was well-done and I was rooting for him from the start. Sophia's character is fresh, determined, and smart as she faces the mystery surrounding her heart, Anthony, and the deeper mystery involving murder and intrigue.
This is a satisfying read and I look forward to more from Nancy Allen.
Another Proper Romance, hooray! I love these books from Shadow Mountain Publishing. They are romance at it's best, great plot lines, great characters, great authors and you never have to worry about either your kids or your grandma reading anything that's in them. So great!
I really enjoyed this one. I liked that the characters were some we'd seen and loved before in My Fair Gentleman, this one does stand on it's own, but make sure you read that one as well!
I loved Sophia. I loved that she was independent. Even though she has a good and happy life in England, she wants to see what's out there so she heads to India. As I was reading this, I realized just how similar life in India and England would have been at the time. There were a bunch of English soldiers and their families living in India, so the scenery would have been different but the people tried to keep their own culture within the culture. Anyway...back to Sophia. I liked her kindness towards the servants in India. She knew how it was to be a servant and have the person you are serving be unkind, so she went out of her way to be kind to all of the servants. I liked her attitude towards Anthony too, he may have broken her heart, but she was not going to let him see it.
Then there's Anthony. I felt a bit torn for him. I understood, well sort of anyway, why he broke Sophia's heart. But I still was annoyed at him on her behalf. I did like his sense of honor and integrity. I liked that he was trying constantly to protect Sophia from the demons of his past and from the threats of the present. He really was a great guy.
The plot of this one is so great! I love that it includes romance, mystery, and a great location. I never would have guessed the criminal in this one, wow, I was way off! I liked the way the story ended and I'm really hoping that more of the great characters in this one get their own stories later on!