Jul 23, 2015

In the Wilds of Devon

A review copy was provided

by Wanda Luce

Lord Rupert Carrington, heir apparent to the Marquess of Lansdowne and former captain in His Majesty's Royal Navy, cannot forget the girl he loved in his youth, who died after he left to fight in the war against Napoleon.

Guilt-ridden, Rupert buries his regret by helping the London detectives of Bow Street take down criminals. But when Rupert ferrets out a ring of smugglers and is marked for death, the prince regent banishes him to a remote corner of England to live among the locals and be known only by his title of captain. Thus, Rupert will remain safe until the villains are arrested and brought to court, where he will offer testimony critical to their conviction. 

On the first day of Rupert's exile to the wilds of Devon, he meets Alexandra Dancy, a beautiful country miss whose complex character and extraordinary courage stir in him a degree of affection and admiration he has not yet felt for any lady. 

As fate or Providence would have it, Alexandra and her family, whose property backs his on the other side of a canal, have been hired to provide Rupert's meals and to care for his house and stables. When Ruper's friendship and warm attentions awaken Alexandra's heart, she suffers the torment of loving a man she believes is of a higher social class than he pretends, and therefore beyond her reach. 

The impoverished Dancys hide their own aristocratic origins to protect a dark secret known to only one man Cecil Bedford, a blackguard of the first order, who wields a cruel power over Alexandra and her family. 

Can Rupert save her from Bedford's clutches and topple the seemingly insurmountable barriers to winning her love and her hand?

My Review
I LOVE the regency romances coming out right now!
And this one has a FANTASTIC twist!

Instead of being set in high society, this story is set in quite the opposite-- hidden away to hide away "in the wilds of Devon" :)

But there is still the social class status, with lots of rules, and a smattering of bantering, and tight-kept secrets, and a controlling villain, and a mystery to be solved, and oh. the. romance.

A strong female character and a debonair gentleman--each with something to conceal--each finding friendship with the other--each afraid to act on their love.

Such a GREAT story!
LOVED it from the very first page to the very last word!
So want to read more from this author!

Do not miss out on this one!
A PERFECT anytime read!

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About the Author
Wanda Luce is quite certain she was born with a book in her hand. Her mother made reading and library visits an important part of her life as a child. All through school, Wanda read book after book and had a bookcase full of the ones she had completed. As a girl, she fell in love with Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen's' "Pride and Prejudice", David Balfour in Robert Louis Stevenso's "Kidnapped", and David Copperfield in, of course, Charles Dicken's "David Copperfield". This is where Wanda's passion for British literature began.

Wanda has been married to her sweetheart for almost thirty years. They are the proud parents of two adorable, handsome young men. She was raised in Carson and Reno, Nevada, where her mother, sister, and brothers still live. Wanda graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in German literature, and she currently teaches German at two Utah high schools. She also plays the violin, worships sunshine and nature, and makes a mean pie crust.

She wold enjoy hearing from her readers and may be contacted at lucewandarings@gmail.com. Please visit Wanda's website, http://wandaluce.blogspot.com.



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