New Concepts Publishing
123 Historical/Gothic Romance
Rating: 3 Cups
Laura is a beautiful, well educated, and wealthy redhead. Her father is a prominent politician and her mother a socialite. She has recently lost her twin sister. Educated well beyond most young women of her day, she wants more than just marriage and children.
Nathaniel, Lord Lanyon, is a prominent member of the House of Lords and very handsome. He is a widower and there are questions about his late wife’s death. He never intends to marry again.
Laura and Nathaniel feel an instant attraction to one another and marry before either has a chance to truly consider what they are doing. They travel to Nathaniel’s estate, Wolfram Abbey, where the mystery of the first Lady Lanyon’s death casts a pall over the newlyweds and Nathaniel’s secretive manner puts Laura in danger again and again.
A Gothic romance in the classic style, the author is a master at creating ominous atmosphere and multilayered characters. Laura in particular is a well-drawn character. She is very sympathetic, intelligent, well bred, and very good natured. Nathaniel on the other hand is much too secretive. The plot tends to drag a bit at times, but there are some pretty exciting scenes and very sensual love scenes. The villain of the piece will come as a surprise to most readers.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More