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Surrender of Trust: Volume 1 (Surrender Series) Paperback – 15 Apr 2013
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About the Author
From the moment she could put pen to paper, Mariel Grey knew she wanted to be a writer. Like all good adventures however, it didn’t happen overnight; it was after several decades of working in litigation that the desire to create dramatic worlds and characters became too great to ignore. Her first foray into historical romance, Surrender of Trust, explored the grime and glamour of regency horse racing, following the determined but impoverished Lucy Goodwin and upright Lord Chalifour. Her second novel, A Gentleman’s Surrender, set to be released in January 2016, will introduce the innocent Lady Monique and tortured Mr. Stanton, both struggling to find love in a world filled with deceit. Though entirely at home in the ballrooms and street alleys of London past, Mariel Grey’s is currently working on a contemporary story set in Florida, a landscape dear to the author’s heart. When she isn’t conjuring words on her computer screen, Grey can be found on the water fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying the incredible natural beauty of her home. Mariel has a wonderful husband (the hero of her own romantic story) as well as a mischievous cat (who seems happy to play the role of villain). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the American Romance Writers Association, and the Ancient City Romance Authors chapter.
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I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
Written By: Mariel Grey
I typically don’t read historic novels, however, this series caught my attention. This series by Mariel Grey is set in the Georgian era, a time of horse drawn carts, men and women in society and where manners and being proper was expected. In Volume I, Lucy and Chalifour discover that love does exist in a world where people marry each other based on their station in life.
Lucy and her twin brother Lucien were all each other had in the world. Their mother had left when they were little and their father, a horse breeder, recently passed away. Lucien had taken over the family business and Lucy helped as much as she could.
When Lucien gets in an accident that almost takes his life, Lucy has to ward off a blackmailer, and keep a deal going with the Marquess of Chalifour. Lucy had no information on the deal that Lucien was making with Chalifour except from what she read on the contract. Not knowing if it was a good deal or not, she signed as her brother since he was unconscious. This was illegal and risky.
With the blackmail hanging over her head and the deal with Chalifour, Lucy had to confide in someone. That someone was her best friend, Lady Monique. The two women solve problems as they arise until they couldn’t any more. Lucy confides in Chalifour, whom by this time has fallen in love with her.
Lucy never intended to marry, but after meeting and falling in love with Chalifour, she found that marriage to her Marquess was not only the right move, but one that would make her happy for the rest of their lives.
If you like a great love story, try out Surrender of Trust by Mariel Grey. It will give you hope for a lifetime love, regardless of the obstacles involved.
The story is about Lucy Godwin. She likes her independence and is quite content with not marrying. Her life revolves around horses and her family's thoroughbred breeding business. Ten months ago her father died, and her brother took on the business, but things get really tough for Lucy when her brother has an accident which leaves him unconscious and puts him close to death. Not only is she distraught at the thought of losing her brother, but a whole series of events starts the day after her brother is hurt. Events that make Lucy the type of woman she never thought she would be.
A man who knows her brother has been hurt visits her to tell her that her brother owes him £6000. If he doesn't get at least a partial payment, either in cash, or in kind, he will ruin the family. Lucy knows that her brother doesn't have much spare money, and she has know idea how she will be able to raise any. She also can't stomach the fact that the man was quite content with payment being from her being his mistress.
Lucy thinks her problems are solved when Lord Philip Lyton, Marquis of Chalifour also visits her. He is about to sign a contract with her brother and has come to meet the man in person after months of correspondence. Lucy can't let him know that her brother is so ill, but knowing that whatever deal they have together is bound to bring in some money, she quickly realises what she needs to do. There starts all her deception. She has to make out her brother is unwell, but not let on just how bad he is, and she must pretend to be acting for him brother, both in regards to the debt which she must keep secret, and to signing contracts with Chalifour. The deal he has with her brother must go ahead at all costs.
From there we see the lengths that Lucy has to go to in order to keep the business afloat and not let her brother's name and that business be ruined. She and Chalifour spend a lot of time together, and although he is very suspect about why he isn't allowed to see her brother, they find themselves attracted to each other. Lucy knows that Chalifour can't stand any dishonesty, and she dreads what will happen if he finds out all the deception she has been dealing with. Yes, it's all for a very good reason, but it's still dishonesty on a big scale, and Chalifour gives not an inch towards dishonest people. Can Lucy keep up the pretence until her brother comes to? What if he doesn't? What will happen if Chalifour finds out what she is doing, and if he does find out, what will he do? Could he ever bring himself to forgive her, can there be any relationship between them, or will he have her arrested for fraud?
This story kept me intrigued from beginning to end. I felt so bad for poor Lucy having to deal with the stress of her brother being on death's door and having to keep it a secret. Chalifour is a wonderful character, but for him, everything is always black and white, there are no shades of grey. Watching his character develop was one of the delights about this book. From the minute we find out how very staunch his views are on honesty, it goes without saying that the reader will be very nervous about what Lucy is doing. You can see how wonderfully they get on for the most part, but dread the fall out if and when Chalifour discovers what is going on. If you love a romance with some exciting intrigue then this book will be perfect for you. I am going to definitely read the next books in the series.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a story about a woman who needs to learn to put her trust in others, more than in just herself.
Lord Chalifour and Lucy have great chemistry that doesn't feel forced, although their first romantic encounter seemed to sort of happen out of nowhere, in my opinion. There wasn't much engagement between them before it all took place.
Character-wise, I immediately imagined what it would be like to be friends with both of them as well as Monique and Elizabeth. Lucy is very gun-ho and gets herself into more trouble by not fully trusting those around her. I enjoyed reading a story that showcased friendships (old and new) that were lasting. Not many stories have characters that stick together. But this does.
So, for me, the romantic scenes happened a bit too quickly and I felt like Perdan maybe would have caused more touble, but the rest of the story flowed and wrapped up pretty nicely.
While this is a stand alone book, I'm eager to read the rest in this series! I hope this isn't the end of the story for "Chali" and Lucy.
I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
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