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Lady Sarah’s Redemption

by Beverley Eikli


Lady Sarah Miles has had a most privileged upbringing and wants for nothing—but one thing she does not want is to get married to her childhood friend James. Returning from India, she has the good fortune to be the sole survivor of a shipwreck, and in order to avoid the marriage, she takes on the identity of her traveling companion, Sarah Morecroft. Sarah was returning to England to take up the position of governess to the children of urbane MP Roland Hawthorne, and so this is what Lady Sarah must also do. She soon finds that it is not as easy as she had imagined, especially when Roland is so attractive...and so single!

I enjoyed this twist on the old gothic novel standby plot of the governess in the mysterious household. This imaginative writer stands a lot of the expected clichés on their heads and treats the reader to something rather different and refreshing. Spoilt Lady Sarah has some lessons to learn, as does man-with-a-past Roland and his "ugly duckling" daughter Caro. There are some surprising turns in this novel and the characters find themselves in rather more peril than might be surmised by reading the above description. The ending is a bit far-fetched in some respects, but don’t let that put you off diving into this talented new writer’s debut novel. If you think standard Regencies need a bit of shaking up, then this might fit the bill.

The Book

Robert Hale
June 2009
0709087772 / 9780709087779
Historical Romance / 1819 / England
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2009
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