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A series I have loved from the beginning , now has the perfect conclusion with this book .
Two young lovers, torn apart by deception and hate .
When Fate brings them together again eight long years later , will they finally have the chance to right the wrongs done to them.
Or will the past stop them creating a beautiful future together.
This one had me so emotional , to think of these two , so in love , so trusting and to be separated so cruelly.
Adele gives such life to her stories , puts such passion into her characters and leaves you feeling the emotions that she portrays in her hero’s and heroines , it’s hard to separate yourself from her books once finished .
If I could live in a story it would be one of Adeles, to be part of a world she creates would be magical indeed .
I received an advanced copy of this book and chose to submit a review
Estelle Darcy has been missing for the past eight years, believed by all who loved her to have drowned at sea whilst eloping to France. However her brother had never given up hope on her and enlisted the aid of her childhood sweetheart Ross Sandford, the Marquess of Trevane (Vane) to find her. Vane, who himself has spiralled into a life of debauchery to deal with his (undeserved) feelings of guilt and self blame is doing his utmost to discover her whereabouts. Estelle has not wanted to be found and has lived away for the ton for many years. It is through a fated chance meeting one night that the two come face to face once more.
The rest of the story deals with the mysteries of Estelle’s sudden flight, and how they come to terms with it. There is also dangers in Ross’s present that he has to deal with. The story ties up many unanswered questions posed from the previous books in the series although they can work as stand alone‘s as there is sufficient background given in the novel.
I was fascinated by Vane ever since his introduction in The Deceptive Lady Darby and was so looking forward to his story. And he certainly does not disappoint. I really loved his character. He had a lot of demons to deal with all stemming from Estelle’s disappearance all those years ago but he never really succumbed into true darkness. He is strong, sexy, dynamic, a wonderful brother and friend and just a fantastic character. He is loyal, forgiving (sometimes a little too forgiving) and shoulders his responsibilities with determination and courage. I fell a little in love with him. Of course, he is or was a bit of a rogue hence the difficulties that arise in his present but he certainly cannot be blamed for the villains madness.
As ever, Adele’s writing is superb and she has created some gems again in her supporting characters. The wise Mr Erstwhile in particular is wonderful. His relationship with his wife holds up a mirror to what Vane and Estelle’s life could have been. Mrs Erstwhile, Wickett are all great characters. The villains are evil and definitely deserve their comeuppance. The story has pace and keeps you gripped. It was nice to see a little of Christian and Rose again and the ending left you with a real feel of completion.
So, you might have noticed that I have not mentioned the Daring Miss Darcy of the title. I could not really call this an honest review if I did not mention her. Try as I might, I just could not warm to Estelle. I feel a little like a disapproving mama who is willing herself to like her son’s bride for the sake of her son. So I tentatively like Estelle for the sake of Vane’s love for her.
I can maybe bring myself to understand why she made such a terrible decision in the first place but I cannot seem to forgive her self pitying selfishness in the years after. She does have her reasons but they seem terribly flimsy to me. Maybe it is because we as a reader saw how affected Vane and Fabian have been in the interim years but even if I can understand why she avoided Vane, I cannot forgive her willing desertion of her brother despite knowing how he will have been devastated by her loss. Throughout it seemed that Vane spent more time apologising and asking for her trust when he had the most cause to distrust Estelle. I don’t recall Estelle actually apologising to Ross once.
There were also a couple of things in the plot that I felt were a little unnecessary. Something horrible happened to Estelle in France (which we are told about but don’t witness) but I don’t feel that there was enough emotional involvement invested in it in the present time to really merit it even happening. I didn’t think it added anything to the value of the story. It maybe would have been better simply left out. And the length of time Estelle stayed away also to me doesn’t make sense. She managed to escape the smugglers 4 years later so why could she not have done it earlier?
I also think Fabian should have been given a little more prominence since he is Estelle’s brother.
These however are niggles that I have personally. Adele is a fabulous writer and it is possibly this that makes me invested enough to really care about Estelle’s motivations and her affect on Vane.
This is not my favourite of the series as my review possibly indicates (solely because of my personal niggles as listed before) but it is definitely well written and a fitting end to the series. An extra star awarded just for Vane!
I would definitely recommend this to all.
I generously recieved an ARC copy but my opinions are my own.
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