This is book # 4 in the intriguing Lonely Lords series from Grace Burrowes. I've been hooked on the series since the first book and Burrowes definitely did not disappoint with this one. I loved the wonderful characters with their troubled past -all that guilt and remorse made the story even more titillating. Burrowes brought everything together with a deft hand- playing out the suspense and revealing secrets at just the right moment- without taking anything away from the romance part of the story.
There were a lot of secrets in this story. Beckman didn't have quite as many as Sara, and his weren't as well hidden. Still, he had his own issues that were slowly revealed as the story rolled by. He was the family problem solver, and his travels took him to a remote family estate and right into the path of the lovely widowed housekeeper, Sara Hunt. The situation was worse than it looked and Sara was in over her head.
Now, Sara had her own kind of secrets and she wanted to keep them buried deep. Ashamed of her past, afraid for the future and trying to hold it together for her daughter. She had a complicated relationship with her sister and Burrowes dropped some clues here and there, but like the master storyteller that she is, hid the impetus behind it right up until the end. Beckman wanted to fix things for the ladies even before he and Sara got romantically involved.
What made the story interesting to me was how their past got in the way of what they were building together. Without giving away the secrets that the writer so diligently kept, Sara and Beck were carrying some deep burdens. Her guilt at things that happened, how she and her sister were used by someone close, that she allowed it to happen. And the biggest lie that kept hidden. Lies... they always come back to bite you in the butt. We all know it... but it makes an entertaining story to read. Beck wasn't without his own dark past either. Or his own remorse that almost kept him making a commitment to Sara.
The amazing thing about the story was how magnificently the writer brought those emotions to the forefront and played them out as the story went along. She didn't hit me over the head with it all at once. It worked much better and certainly kept me on the edge of my seat.
I enjoyed the story immensely and have no problem recommending it. Love historical romance? Enjoy some suspense to go along with it? Then this is the book for you. It was for me.
Beckman Haddonfield is ready to live again...
Beckman finally emerges from the shadow of his wife's death by agreeing to restore a family estate...and embarking on a dalliance with the quiet, mysterious housekeeper who resides there. But she is not who she seems...
Riveting and refreshing, Beckman is an unforgettable story about love's power to overcome grief and guilt. Award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes's gorgeous writing and lush Regency world will stay with you long after you turn the final page.