My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
This is a lovely historical romance read with an intriguing plot. The tale revolves around Catherine Malboeuf, who is a descendant of mixed parentage - her father being French and monther, English, returns to England to find her great-grandmother's tiara, about which she has heard a lot as she grew up, and also to reclaim her mother's ancestral property. She is taken aback when the owner of the property, Nicholas Adair, whom she finds annoying, sets up an inconvenient and tough wager for her to win, in order to secure the property. Things take a turn when Nicholas ends up being the one to not only lose the wager, but something much more dear and precious to him - his own heart - to Catherine. Does Catherine treasure his heart, or does she focus on just securing the property, is what the tale takes us through.
This book was a fabulous read. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery angle to the plot and the twists in the tale. The characterisation of Nicholas came as a complete surprise, when he proves to be not as ruthless as he initially seemed to be. The pace of the book is perfect - grips the reader's interest throughout. Broadfield's narration is brilliant - brings the historical era to the reader's mind pretty well.
I would highly recommend this book to lovers of historical mysteries and romance.
My rating for this book: 4 stars
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