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Feature book: The Earl Next Door

6 November 2019

The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey

Subgenre: historical romance
Release date: 28 May 2019
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Format: ebook and print
Length: 300 pages
RRP: $6.84 (ebook); $15.99 (print)

It will be her first appearance in Society since her mourning finished. And she makes an impact when all others thought she was meek, mild and unwell.

Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, has lived in the country since her marriage, and now that her husband is dead (when his ship sank), she is out of mourning, and wanting to re-enter society. She, and two of the other widows, have set up a school for the daughters of the other seaman on the ship, and it is right next door to the Earl of Lyonwood.

Adeline’s husband kept her in the country so that she could have his child. Well, he had to create the child first, and he tried all manner of vile methods to ensure she fell pregnant. He would brag that even his mistress could have his child. Adeline was made to feel a failure.

The earl is not particularly enamoured with the idea of girls shrieking near his window. He makes his point, but does show some empathy to what Adeline and her friends are trying to achieve. He also finds that he is very attracted to Adeline and makes it known to her that he wants to marry her. He does need to allow her the space to see the possibilities, even though he doesn’t want her to find another man. And they are lined up to meet her.

I liked reading this story. It has some interesting aspects and kept my interest as I wanted to see where the story would lead. I did know that they would end up together, there are predictable elements but sometimes that journey can be interesting. The idea of a school for underprivileged girls, to teach them to sew and read, in the middle of Mayfair and all the Lords and Ladies, was one such interesting aspect. Of course, Lyon finding the girls in his bathing chamber held a moment to make the reader smile.

I liked Lyon’s compassion for the girls and their situation. He could have had it removed from the area, but he allowed the school to continue. There are also many other times when his compassion showed, which really shows his character, and makes him an endearing lord and one you would want for yourself!

Reviewed by Heather

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

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