Book #3 in the Isle of Synne series
Genre: Historical Romance
Perspective: 3rd person limited, dual-POV
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
Format: eBook – Netgalley ARC
Length: 400 pages
TW/CW: death of a loved one, grief, war/battle/PTSD
To protect the dukedom from an incompetent and greedy cousin, Daniel Hayle, Duke of Carlisle, has promised to find a bride in London this season. But the idea of facing ballrooms and card parties is as intimidating as any battlefield in France, including the fight at Waterloo that left him terribly scarred. Perhaps a month on the Isle of Synne can provide him with the practice necessary to find a wife who can tolerate him enough to give him an heir.
Margery Kitteridge has been mourning her husband for four years, and while she’s not ready to consider marriage again, she does miss intimacy with a partner. When Daniel asks for help navigating Synne’s social scene, and they accidentally kiss, she realizes he’s the perfect person with whom to have an affair. As they begin to confide in one another, Daniel discovers that he’s unexpectedly connected to Margery’s late husband, and she will have to decide if she can let her old love go for the promise of a new one.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Although I loved the first two books in this series, this one solidified Christina Britton as one of my favorite Historical Romance writers. The characters, pacing, and emotion were so well done that I didn’t want the story to end, and I’m hoping (as it’s been hinted by the author) that the series will be more than a trilogy so we can return to the alluring Isle of Synne in the future.
The kind and resilient Lady Margery Kitteridge stood out from book one, and therefore I was so ready for her to get a book of her own. It was lovely seeing her and Daniel heal and find their match in one another, as after the hardships they endured they deserved their happy ending. Let’s just say I teared up more than once during the course of this book!
I also loved the tropes and how they were woven together. If you’re a fan of any of the following in romance, I’d suggest picking up this book and this series ASAP: matchmaking and widowed heroine, battle-scarred and virgin hero, just-once-won’t-hurt-so-it’s-out-of-our-system… need I say more?
Thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Christina Britton developed a passion for writing romance novels shortly after buying her first at the tender age of thirteen. Though for several years she turned to art and put brush instead of pen to paper, she has returned to her first love and is now writing full time. She spends her days dreaming of corsets and cravats and noblemen with tortured souls.
She lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area. A member of Romance Writers of America, she also belongs to her local chapter, Silicon Valley RWA, and is a 2017 RWA® Golden Heart® Winner.
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