Saturday, June 21, 2014
Engaging The Earl by Diana Quincy
Vivacious Lady Katherine Granville is the toast of the ton, but society's most eligible miss secretly yearns for her childhood love, an untitled loner who vanished long ago after her father forbade their marriage.
After years abroad, the dark and brooding Edward Stanhope returns to England a changed man. No longer a second son with no prospects, his battlefield strategies won him an earldom. His return should be a victorious one, but the new Earl of Randolph is battling secret demons that no one can discover. Least of all, Kat.
When the man she can't forget reappears at her betrothal ball, Kat's perfectly arranged future is thrown into tumult. Edward remains cold and distant, hoping she'll marry a man worthy of her. But nothing is settled when Kat sets out to win back her first love. Can the new Earl of Randolph resist the woman he's loved for so many years?
REVIEW BY ANITA
This is the fourth book in Diana Quincy’s Accidental Peers series, but it is easily a stand-alone story.
Katherine Granville has been in love with Edward Stanhope since she was in her teens, however instead of eloping with her he goes to fight Napoleon. However, he also demands she wait for him, something Katherine isn’t going to agree to and she makes it clear that she has no intention of doing so.
As Edward only bought his commission to make him more acceptable to Katherine’s family, this wasn’t quite what he expected so he destroys a gift she gave him and symbolically at least, destroys their love forever.
Edward, now Lord Randolph (Rand) returns home after six years with mental wounds after the war, and although he has never forgotten the girl he left behind, he feels he has little to offer her now due to his precarious mental state – which we would call PTSD these days, and she would have a better life with the man she accepted in his absence, Viscount Laurie Sinclair.
Ms Quincy handles their situation very well, in that Regency society doesn’t make allowances for a couple who haven’t come to terms with their mutual attraction, so the pair dance round each other with anger, indifference and aloofness at their frustration with their unresolved love.
The author has introduced a canine element to smooth the rocky path between the pair, made more treacherous when a Spanish temptress arrives in London Society as a guest of the Prince Regent.
Ms Quincy is a consistent creator of strong, engaging characters with whom a reader cannot help but empathise. An enjoyable read for romance lovers of the Regency era.
Anita Davison is an historical fiction author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ a biographical novel set in 17th Century England, is released by Claymore Press under the name Anita Seymour