Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, July 2,2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
Beckman Haddonfield is ready to live again…
Beckman finally emerges from the shadow of his wife’s death by agreeing to restore a family estate…and embarking on a dalliance with the quiet, mysterious housekeeper who resides there. But she is not who she seems…
Riveting and refreshing, Beckman is an unforgettable story about love’s power to overcome grief and guilt.
Beckman’s story. He has been through tumultuous times and has been felled by drugs and depression but has conquered his demons when he is requested by his Grandmother and dying father to revitalize Three Springs his Grandmother’s country estate. Beckman is a hands on kind of guy so his aristocratic pedigree doesn’t get in the way of his working with his land steward, Gabriel North or the other farm hands. He is mesmerized by red-haired housekeeper, Sara, she is reluctant to form an attachment to Beckman because she and her sister have secrets that they fear becoming known.
The romance here is lovely. Beckman is a true hero and Sara is in need of saving. The side characters are developed to the point of us wanting to know more and Ms. Burrowes will oblige with their own books. The prose is often lush if on occasion it may sound too modern for the times I am still swept up in the mood that is created. There is a mystery that will keep you turning pages to discover whodunit and a red herring that made me smile when revealed.
I look forward to more from this series.