Alison Stuart s writing caught my eye in a sample I downloaded What a lucky moment for meIt s been awhile since I found a new author that caught my eye in a free 26 page story So then
I PURCHASED THE BOOK LAST NIGHTpurchased the book last night 10 pm and started reading Taking the hero from a Waterloo hospital to his new estate sets up a mystery and a romance that kept me turning pages until past 2 in the morning Glad to have a new author to read Lord Somerton s Heir by Alison Stuart is a 2014 Escape Publishing release I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewSebastian goes There is nothing I enjoy than a murder mystery encased in a historical backdrop and this Regency period drama is delightful What could you need for the perfect time out from this world than a handsome hero wounded at Waterloo waking in hospital to discover he is the heir to the recently deceased Lord Somerton a beautiful mourning widow an evil blackmailer a murder or two a kidnapping and a mad chase across the countryside with a little romance thrown in for good measure Alison Stuart delivers all this and With a delightful cast of extras she brings to life the times of Regency England with its manners of polite society lavish balls and lifestyle but also the extreme poverty of the lower classes and the struggle of the landed gentry to keep up with the costs of running a large estate Most enjoyable A stunning Regency romance from the enormously talented Alison Stuart who has the ability to spin historical stories which will draw in a reader who will simply never wish to return LORD SOMERTON S HEIR is an ESCAPE publicationThere are some secrets which we "Will Carry To Our Grave Isabel Lady Somerton Doesn T "carry to our grave Isabel Lady Somerton doesn t to ever share the truth about her unhappy marriage with anyone She will take her small inheritance move to the dower house and set up a school for young girls spending the rest of her existence doing philanthropic works But will her dream be realized Or will her late unlamented husband manage to ruin her dreams of a simple worthwhile life even from beyond the graveWounded at Waterloo Sebastian Alder is stunned to learn that he is the new Lord Somerton The memory of the dreadful events he s witnessed on the battlefield haunt him as does the memory of his lost love But he has no time to grieve His Somerton inheritance is mostly debt The late Lord Somerton s life was a shambles of unpaid bills and useless relatives hanging on and draining his estate Then there is the uestion of Lord Somerton s beautiful widow How can Sebastian shatter her dreams tell her that her late husband simply suandered her inheritance in useless livingA beautifully told story set in a bygone age where life for some at least was leisurely and unhurried this will certainly please readers of historical romance particularly Regency romance And anyone wishing to try out historicals Regency or otherwise would be well advised to start with Alison Stuart She s a magical storyteller Whenever I pick up an Alison Stuart novel I know I am going to love her hero and admire her heroine and this novel did not disappoint In this her latest work the author moves into the Regency era where England is still reeling from the Napoleonic wars and so many men were irrevocably damaged by th. Can the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriageFrom the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams But the cold realit. ,
Ble while the storyline holds together well I "like that her female protagonist is not a "that her female protagonist is not a wall flower even in the restrictive hothouse of the era in which she is constrained I appreciated the realism of the potential outcomes for her character especially when dealing with scandalous and taboo subjectsFrom a harsh and difficult relationship to love and forgiveness this story is a delightful romance Lord Somerton s Heir is a distinctly deceitful historical romance piece The splendor and opulence of the balls and propriety from the 1800s abounded and danced alluringly with the grit of wartime soldiers Sebastian Alder a soldier wounded in numerous ways plays the male lead alongside Isabel Somerton the late Lord Somerton s widowThere is a raft of supporting characters ranging from Sebastian s siblings to best friends and war time buddies to young stable hands They create a delightful supporting cast to the romantic dance Isabel and Sebastian take togetherThe plot progressed slowly twists and turns abound some obvious and others not The mystery and intrigue within this tale was masterfully weaved into larger and smaller plot and character arcs and added additional layers of complexity to an otherwise tried and true historical romance plotAn enjoyable romp through the 1800s Lord Somerton s Heir will take readers on ust as much of a ourney as Sebastian and Isabel take When Lady Isabel Somerton was summonsed with the dreadful news that her husband was dead killed when thrown from his horse her thoughts were in turmoil What was she to do now that she was a widow Learning of a cousin to her late husband she set about finding him near death in a hospital from wounds he received in the battle of Waterloo she had him removed and placed where he would be cared for in a suitable and caring manner As the weeks passed Sebastian Alder came to realize that Isabel had
SAVED HIS LIFE AND ALSO THAThis life and also that life had taken an unexpected turn it seemed he was now heir to Brantstone Hall and all that it encompassed Unable to believe his good fortune he was further astounded to find he had a family he knew nothing about His sister Connie and brother Matt had been his only family for as long as he could rememberBut as Sebastian was to discover the estate he had inherited had many debts his cousin the previous Lord Somerton had deep dark secrets and slowly but surely these were coming to the surface With the "Help Of The Man "of the man had controlled the finances and been by the original Lord Somerton s side Sebastian was coming to a realization that he needed to do something and do it uickly Those past secrets were beginning to unravel there was danger someone didn t want the past uncovered was there a murderer out there who wouldn t hesitate to strike againAs Sebastian found himself moving from gratitude and friendship with Isabel to something he hadn t let himself feel in many years he knew he had to tread carefully And Isabel knew Sebastian was a completely different person to the man her husband had been could she trust this man with her feelings and her future I absolutely loved this historical fiction novel by Aussie author Alison Stuart She is an accomplished writer one I have read before and have no hesitation in reading again Highly recommended. The memory of her unhappy marriage by founding the charity school she has always dreamed of Except her dreams are soon shattered from beyond the grave when she is not only left penniless but once bound to the whims of a Somerton But this Somerton is unlike any man she has ,
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Eir experiences Sebastian Alder is one of these badly injured at Waterloo with a tragic history I fell for him the second he shrugged off Isabel Lady Somerton s shake of his shoulder
And Gruffly Demanded Who Shegruffly demanded who she Sebastian is the unwitting and at first unwilling heir to the Somerton estate that of Isabel s late husband Sebastian has to break it to this self contained woman reluctant to display any emotion that her husband has left her penniless and him the master of a ruined estateNot a good start to a romance but Miss Stuart s Sebastian Alder is an absolute gem and a hero to fall for Although Isabel is not strictly his responsibility the valiant soldier cannot abandon her nor the two cuckoos in the nest that come with Brantstone his country estate When blackmail murder and other dark secrets emerge and affect their present the situation goes from bad to worse for Sebastian the slightly na ve soldier and Isabel an emotionally damaged widow determined to walk away from a life that brought her only unhappinessA character driven story this is a real page turner that delves into the darker areas of human nature and tests the mettle of "The Players It May "players It may a well used formula but an effective one which takes the reader on a roller coaster ourney with a very satisfactory ending I look forward to in the same genre from Alison Stuart You can read my other reviews at My Written Romance I was provided with an ARC of this book by Escape Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI remember while reading another of Alison Stuart s books earlier this year being struck by how easy it was to imagine the words on the page leaping out at you like images on a movie screenWhen I opened Lord Somerton s Heir on my Kindle and saw this in "the opening paragraph I knew that this would be another absorbing read In the light of "opening paragraph I knew that this would be another absorbing read In the light of lanterns held up by the stablehands the glossy hide of the great black horse reflected fire The animal shivered breaking the fire into golden sparks Fantastic opening few lines hey It s not Her Christmas Cruise just the detail that I enjoyed about Lord Somerton s Heir The emotion the suspense and the connection between Isabel Sebastian alloined it and came together to create a truly enjoyable storyIsabel Lady Somerton is another wonderfully strong Stuart heroine giving of herself and her time and wanting to make the best of where she has landed in life I loved that despite the sadness of her past and potential future roadblocks she doesn t lose sight of what she wants to achieve Sebastian s life is thrown into upheaval a Alison Stuart is well on her way to becoming one of my favourite authors She had me with this book from page one as soon as I realised it was set in the Regency period I seriously love Georgette Heyer and this read Ich Lebe Genügt Das Nicht? just like one of her books except for the scene where they go a little further than kissing and we know Miss Heyer s characters never went further than kissing Sebastian and Isobel made a lovely couple the goodies were all very good the baddies were very bad and got theirust desserts All very satisfying and written in a very readable style A real pleasure to read I really appreciated the consistency of Ms Stuart s Regency setting and markers The story is pacy and the characters are likea. Y of an inherited estate in wretched condition and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death provide Sebastian with no time for dreams only a mystery to solve and a murderer to bring to The Greek Tycoon's Mistress justice Isabel widow of the late Lord Somerton is desperate to bury.