Christiana Petrovsky lives a life of secrets. Hidden away at Bellewyck Abbey, she does what she must to protect the lives of the servants she loves, who raised her. The ward of a dead man; that same man’s son has wanted her dead. Christiana is dismayed when, after the death of her guardian’s son, others begin nosing around the abbey asking questions about her. One of those men is Devlin Randolph, who claims he is steward to the Duke of Pemberton, the new heir. While she detests the aristocracy, and thinks that Devlin behaves more like one of them than a servant, she is still dangerously attracted to him.
Devlin Randolph is really the Duke of Pemberton in disguise. When his best friends bet him that he cannot remain in the disguise of a servant for a fortnight, he takes them up on it to see if he can figure out what is going on at the abbey and find the ward. However, he does not reckon with Christiana, or with her determination to stay hidden and protect those who live at the abbey and in the nearby village. The more time he spends with her, the more attracted he is to her.
When Christiana and Devlin finally give in to their mutual attraction, it is too soon to tell what the final outcome will be. Devlin is afraid to tell her he is the duke for fear she will want nothing more to do with him, and Christiana is afraid to tell him she is the heir for fear he will tell the duke and she will be forced away from the abbey and all she loves. A vicious cycle of secrets and webs of lies surround the couple as they each attempt to find a way to be together. As one secret after another is revealed, until there is only one secret left, will Christiana and Devlin be able to understand why the other one took the actions they did? Or will all the secrets and lies destroy what they have together?
The Sense of Honor is riddled with secrets, clues and finally, love. The beauty of this book is how love motivates nearly everyone. I especially enjoyed seeing Devlin’s transformation from a bored rake to a man who was able to see through Christiana’s eyes how important everyone at the abbey and village are, and to grow to love them as she does. Christiana’s desperation to keep her secrets is so strong that you can feel it leap from the pages. Love, when it is finally revealed, is so beautifully written that I had tears in my eyes. The author is a master with words and at creating just the right scenes while leading the reader through a maze of secrets, lies, and clues until the reader reaches the long awaited conclusion. Ms. Bilsky has outdone herself with this story and I look forward to reading more books by this author when they are available.
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