Advance Review- Discovery of Desire by Susanne Lord

Title: Discovery of Desire (London Explorers, book#2)

Discovery of Desire

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Susanne Lord

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Sept 6, 2016, preorder available

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 384

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from

The one man who’s not looking for a wife Seth Mayhew is the ideal explorer: fearless, profitable, and unmarried. There is nothing and no one he can’t find-until his sister disappears en route to India. His search for her takes him to Bombay, where Seth meets the most unlikely of allies-a vulnerable woman who’s about to marry the wrong man.

Discovers a woman who changes his dreams forever Teeming with the bounty of marriageable men employed by the East India Company, Bombay holds hope for security for Wilhelmina Adams. But when the man she’s traveled halfway around the world to marry doesn’t suit, Mina finds instead that she’s falling in love with a man who offers passion, adventure, intimacy-anything but security…


This is a love story about an intrepid world explorer and a woman who is desperate to marry to save her family. Seth Mayhew went to Brazil and sent back to England exotic plants and seeds but now he is in India to find his missing sister who also is sheltering an orphan. Tom Grant has been hired and is meeting him when he docks in Bombay and will help him in his quest.  Tom is also meeting his “venture” bride (a mail-order bride), Wilhelmina (Mina) Adams, who is on the same ship with Seth as well as her sister, Emma.  Emma is also betrothed to an Englishman in Bombay whom she has yet to meet. Seth and Mina are falling in love but realize there can be no future. She needs security for herself and family and Seth is a world explorer.

Like the first book in this series, this book is so well written you will think the author is telling you about real people.   The romance develops over time and there is a great deal of angst about not only the romance but about Seth’s quest for his missing sister. We are made to understand Seth’s and Mina’s reluctance to marry each other but it did go on for a long time in this long book. However I could not put this book down.  I had to know how the author would craft a happily-ever-after when there was so much against there union. Beautifully written and skillfully realized, I highly recommend this book and series. (this is a standalone novel with cameos by characters from the first book.)

There are hints about the story of Emma and Colin Rivers. Perhaps in the next book.

Deet’s note: I love the covers on both of these books.

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One response to “Advance Review- Discovery of Desire by Susanne Lord

  1. Thank you so much for reading both books in my debut series. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate reviewers taking the time, and helping readers know I’m out there! All the best! Susie

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