A Gentleman’s Promise
A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?
Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.
The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?
Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?
Filled with intrigue, unexpected twists, and faultless period detail, this slow-burn romance is a must-read for lovers of classic Regency fiction.
I have been a lover of historical romance for a long time now, so as soon as I read the description for this book it piqued my interest!. Not only is it a romance novel, it also has the underlying notes of a mystery which made this book all the more captivating.
Emma Smythe is a strong willed, highly educated and incredibly feisty woman who refuses to become nothing more than someone’s wife. With a cloud of mystery hanging over her family, Emma is determined to be involved in uncovering who is responsible for endeavouring to bring harm upon her family, and she is more determined than ever to get answers as she needs to keep her younger brother Jamie safe who is in fact the rightful heir.
Richard Lacey finds himself unexpectedly inheriting a title he certainly did not want, and would much rather it be passed on to the rightful heir. Soon after he accepts the title on the somewhat rundown estate of Easterby Hall an attempt is made on his life, something he has never had to contend with prior to this. When Emma and Jamie Smythe arrive at the estate sometime later, both of whom had been presumed dead, it becomes apparent that there is much more at play here.
Richard is just as determined as Emma to get to the bottom of who is behind these awful crimes, so as they start working together to sought out the killer, they find themselves becoming closer to one another with every passing day. However, with Richard’s mind set on having a docile wife, and Emma refusing to become one, well let’s just say they have a lot of tension to work through. As they begin to unravel the mystery that has encompassed Easterby Hall for all these years, they both find themselves rethinking all they had previously thought they wanted from life.
This is such an addictive novel from the start. I love the way Penny Hampson brings Emma and Richard to life throughout this book, making them so vivid in the readers mind. The storyline is wonderful and a truly unique take on a historical romance with all of the secrets and mystery that surrounds the central characters. I adored Emma and how strong minded she is. She knows exactly what she wants from life, and has the gumption to go through with all of her plans along the way. Richard is an equally loveable character, despite his initial thoughts on marriage being somewhat jaded, he begins to open up his eyes to the possibilities of having a wife who is much more than a pretty face.
Full of drama, romance and mystery, this book was totally enchanting to the very end. I can’t wait to read future books in this series!.
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About the Author
Penny Hampson writes mysteries, and because she has a passion for history, you’ll find her stories also reflect that. A Gentleman’s Promise, a traditional Regency romance, was Penny’s debut novel, which was shortly followed by more in the same genre. Penny also enjoys writing contemporary mysteries with a hint of the paranormal, because where do ghosts come from but the past?
Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).
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