|The Reluctant Earl|
by C.J. Chase
Reviewed by Marian Baay
The new earl of Chambelston—Julian DeCambelle, or Lord Chambelston is not yet used to his newly acquired position. His father recently died due to being wounded in an accident. Now he got an anonymous letter that states that it was no accident after all. To search for answers Julian travels to the estate of his sister to speak with her husband, Lord Sotherton.
When he is retiring he finds his niece’s governess—Miss Leah Vance searching his room with the letter in her hands. Julian demands an answer what she is looking for and why.
Leah has been Miss Teresa’s governess for eight years. The position doesn’t bring in enough money to also support Leah’s mentally ill sister. She is hired to spy for an anonymous person who wants to know what is happening in the Sotherton household for political reasons. With this money she is able to pay for her sister’s care in the asylum.
Leah is shocked to be caught with the letter in her hands. What explanation can she give Julian without bringing her cousin and sister in danger?
After Julian has figured out what Leah was doing he decides she can be of help in his search to the truth about his father’s death. He offers to hire her if she agrees to give information, which he shall provide, to her contact man. Leah doesn’t have much choice and agrees with his proposal. But can Julian ever trust her now she’s working for both parties?
When people are attacked, dying, and disappearing—Julian and Leah must work together and learn to trust each other. But above all they must learn to trust God.
While reading how a lovely romance develops we are also trying to solve a murder case, and trying to prevent a political murder.
This is the first book I have read by C.J. Chase and certainly not the last. This story has all the ingredients I like to see in a novel—history, suspense, romance, and a believable storyline. C.J. mixes all the ingredients into a delightful story.
Marian Baay is a freelance editor in the Netherlands, working for Kok Publishing. She is a contributor on the Overcoming With God group blog.Highly recommended!
CFP: Thanks Marian, for the review! This book is available for pre-order and releases February 5th.
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