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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Historical Romance Review: The Heir, by Grace Burrowes

I finished a wonderful Regency romance a few days ago, The Heir by Grace Burrowes.  What an amazing tale!  And for some reason I've had a craving for iced lemonade...

About the Book

An earl who can’t be bribed...
Gayle Windham, earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the duke of Moreland. To escape his father’s inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper...

A lady who can’t be protected...
Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper.

As the two draw closer and begin to lose their hearts to each other, Anna’s secrets threaten to bring the earl’s orderly life crashing down—and he doesn’t know how he’s going to protect her from the fallout...

ISBN: 9781402244346

Published: November 2010

My Review

First off, I must say kudos to Ms. Burrowes on a job well done!  This is her debut novel, and from reading the book, I would have thought she had an extensive backlist.  The history was expertly weaved in--titles, inheritance law, the setting, clothing, etc... The book was researched well to bring out the Regency flavors that make reading this genre so much fun.  The characters were well fleshed out, vivid and interesting.  The plot was fascinating, mysterious and engaging.

First and foremost, I like that we did not find out exactly who Mrs. Anna Seaton was until quite near the end.  It kept you guessing, and trying to figure out who she was, what she was running from, what her relation was to various people, etc...  And all the while, you wanted so desperately for Anna and Westhaven to get together--yet there really just seemed like no way it was going to happen, something always got in the way.

I really liked the emotional connection with the characters in this book.  I liked the chemistry.  I liked the dynamics of the brothers, the mother and father, Morgan.  I liked the interactions and the dialogue.  There really wasn't anything I didn't enjoy about this book.  In the end you could see the changes in the characters, and throughout the book you felt an empathy for their individual plights.

A fast and enjoyable read, I will definitely look forward to reading more of Ms. Burrowes work in the future.

About the Author

Grace Burrowes is the award winning author of the "The Duke's Obsession," a Regency trilogy detailing the loves of the three sons of the meddling old Duke of Moreland. She lives in Maryland with dogs, cats, and horses, and absolutely loves to hear from her readers.

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