Emily and the Dark Angel

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Emily and the Dark Angel

Jo Beverley has re-released her wonderfully romantic tale of Emily and the Dark Angel.  Miss Emily Grantwich has taken over the administration of the family land and concerns because her father has been crippled during a dueling accident and her brother is missing in action.  Emily has been content to devote her twenty-six years of experience to keeping the property functioning but her life is turned upside-down when she crosses paths with the darkly handsome Piers Verderan (Ver).  The sinister stories told about Ver do little to counteract his devastatingly attractive sense of humor and somehow Emily winds up needing his timely intervention more than once.  Ver also finds himself strangely drawn to the naive spinster who doesn’t even recognize the efforts he is going to on her behalf.  More people join Ver at the house he has inherited and his affairs get increasingly complicated while Emily struggles to pacify her father, resist her encroaching cousin  and keep her family’s affairs afloat while waiting for her brother to return from war.  It’s enough to keep true love’s course from running straight or is it?

A wonderfully romantic tale that reminds us of Jo Beverley’s ongoing facility for creating engaging characters who persevere in the face of hardship and find soulmates.  The eccentric characters sprinkled throughout the story add entertaining depth and although most of the loose ends are tied up a little abruptly, this is still an enjoyable and classic story.

Book Blurb for Emily and the Dark Angel

New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley "brings the Regency Period to life." (Joan Hammond)

Emily Grantwich lives quietly with her crippled father and eccentric aunt, managing the family's land, until the fateful day she walks down the main street of Melton Mowbray and is showered with Poudre de Violettes, thrown by a lady of loose morals at the handsomest man Emily has ever seen.

He is Piers Verderan, known by many as the Dark Angel. His friends lay the blame for his scandalous ways on his troubled past. No decent woman should be seen in his company, but Emily must dutifully manage her father's estate-which Verderan's land adjoins.

Soon Emily learns that the Dark Angel is very dangerous, especially to her sanity and her heart...

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2010 4.50