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Feature book: Salt Redux

19 June 2013

Salt ReduxSalt Redux by Lucinda Brant

This story is the sequel to the book The Salt Bride and carries on where that one left off. I loved Salt Bride and Magnus and Jane and the family that caused lots of problems; we also met the evil Lady Diana St John.

Lady Caroline Aldershot is the widowed sister of the Earl of Salt Hendon. Caro, as she is known, has been in love with Sir Antony Templestowe for as long as she can remember. Antony feels the same way, but family matters and Caro’s age have kept them apart. When Antony causes a scene at a ball and goes to St Petersburg as envoy to the Russian Court, Caro makes a dreadful mistake and rather than causing a scandal is married off to Aldershot. The marriage is not a happy one and when Aldershot dies in a riding accident, Caro is free to live her life with her menagerie of pets. Pining for Antony, thinking he will never return from St Petersburg she decides that she does not deserve him after what she has done.

Sir Antony Templestowe is first cousin to the Earl of Salt Hendon, and has always been his best friend through all the problems caused by his sister, Lady St John. When Antony takes to drinking and causing lots of scenes, he is shipped off to St Petersburg where he pines for Caro but learns to curb his drinking and becomes very much a tea drinker. He keeps in touch with his family, writing letters even to his sister who is incarcerated in a castle in Wales. He hears that Caro has wed and thinks she is lost to him forever but he will always love her.

Things change dramatically when Lady Diana St John escapes her castle and returns to London with only evil on her mind. Antony returns to London very quickly, as soon as he finds out, and Salt and Jane are put to the test with worry. Nothing good can come from Diana’s return to London. She moves into Antony’s London home with friends and puts her plans into action; she has had four years to plan this and in her eyes nothing will stop her.

This is a great story as Antony finds out that Caro is widowed and is determined that he will marry her, but Caro needs to explain all the things that she did and she is sure that he will not want her after he hears this. Of course Antony has to tell Caro about his problems as well and that his contingent of Russian servants are there to help him and will always be there. Add to this the evil plans that Diana has to get herself back into Salt’s life and his political life. There is a lot of suspense in this story. Seeing Caro and Antony get their HEA with her menagerie of pets and catching up with all the family and seeing Diana get what is coming to her kept me turning the pages very quickly. A great read.

Reviewed by Helen S

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

6 Comments
  1. aimskye permalink
    23 June 2013 5:50 pm

    Thanks for the review Helen!

  2. 22 June 2013 3:26 pm

    Looks like I need to get these books as I love historicals

  3. 19 June 2013 3:13 pm

    So very pleased you enjoyed the sequel to Salt Bride, Helen! Thanks so much for your time in reading and reviewing Salt Redux for ARRA! 🙂

    • helensibbritt permalink
      19 June 2013 7:56 pm

      Lucinda

      It was great as you say catching up with friends and settling that score with the evil Lady Diana St John 🙂

      Have Fun
      Helen

  4. beverleyeikli permalink
    19 June 2013 1:29 pm

    I absolutely loved Salt Bride and didn’t know we could expect a sequel. Fantastic! I can’t wait to find out what the fabulously wicked Lady Diana St John gets up to in this one. I’m excited just thinking about it.

    • 19 June 2013 3:18 pm

      I hope you enjoy it, Beverley. I had such fun writing this. It was like catching up with old friends, oh, and I had a score to settle with Diana St John! 😉

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