From the back cover:
London, 1813: Wellington and Napoleon are locked in a desperate battle for Spain. And now that the French have inflitrated England's intelligence network, Captain Richard Drayton has sworn to ferret out the traitor. But he'll be dammned if he'll let a woman distract him, even one as intriguing as his sister's governess, Rachel Maitland Ross.
The Captain suspects that Rachel is not what she appears to be, although her education is impeccable, her manners exquisite, and even Drayton's wayward little niece is captivated by her gentle ways. But the Captain has been marked for death--and badly wounded--by agents aiding the enemy, and Rachel's true identity as the niece of an immensely wealthy Anglo-Jewish banker remains a mystery. Still, he must trust her--if he is to survive.
Rachel has heard the whispers: the handsome Captain is a rogue and a heartbreaker, though he is unquestionably brave. Indeed, when they were both kidnapped, he risked his life to save hers--but their unexpected intimacy has compromised her reputation. Like a true gentleman, he has offered for her hand, yet she must refuse. Rachel cannot betray the bonds of kinship and of faith...although the bonds of love may prove even more powerful...
And my review:
I felt very cheated after trying to read this book. I bought it because it was listed as historical romance. It should be listed as historical fiction instead of historical romance, since there's hardly anything romantic in it.
Granted, the author deserves kudos for her excellent research and well written prose, as well as for choosing a difficult premise. Not many Regencies deal with Jewish people during the time of Napoleon. If you want a history lesson, the A QUESTION OF HONOR will probably satisfy you. But if you're looking for a book that is primarily a romance, you're going to be dissapointed.
This was a case of the old "bait and switch". The classification of the book promises me a historical romance, and doesn't deliver on it. I can only assume that since half of all book sales are romances, publishers and/or authors are looking to cash in by listing anything that is the slightest bit romantic as a romance novel. For Pete's sake, we don't even get to meet the heroine until chapter three! The first 30 pages of the book are about military strategies and maneuvers. Which is fine for many readers, but most readers of historical romance want a story that is primarily romance.
So that's my two cents worth. Just wanted to warn readers who are expecting a Regency in the style of Sabrina Jeffries or Mary Balogh that they aren't going to get it in A QUESTION OF HONOR.