Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hareton Hall

Title: Hareton Hall
Author: Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60504-701-0
Genre: {M/F} Historical
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

Richard and Rose are on their way to two weddings at Rose’s family home, Darkwater. Before they can arrive at her brother’s home, they are accosted by a highwayman and robbed of their valuables. The Drurys, from Richard and Rose’s past, has shown up to hover around the edges of society and having the need to fit in to be apart of the ton. If that’s not enough to have to deal with, Rose is attacked on several occasions, and it just makes the visit even worse.

Is it possible that Rose has become a target and is being used to get at her husband, or is it for something she may or may not know? There are entirely too many secrets in the couple’s lives, or rather Richard’s life, and his past is constantly are coming back to haunt him.

Hareton Hall is the sixth book in the Richard and Rose series. It’s just as enjoyable at the first five and left me wondering where Ms. Connolly will go next with her unique and well-plotted storytelling. I tell you, I wasn’t disappointed at all! The simply fact that Richard and Rose never stopped loving each other or their enjoyment of their infant daughter made them more real for me. One thing about the couple that really stood out for me was the protectiveness they felt for each other, and anyone they considered as family or friend.

Danger was awaiting them at every turn, regardless of where they were and the Drurys were also right there. The secondary characters are a great contribution to the storyline and it seemed that Rose had a monolog going through out the story, speaking of her feelings towards different events throughout the story. There is a lot of attention with the smuggling, deaths and revenge being dished out to Richard, from his past, and the people wanting the couple to fail at their marriage.

I must say here that Ms. Connolly did a fantastic job with her detailed descriptions of the upper-class homes of the period, and the fashionable clothing that is worn by the characters. It truly is an era I would have loved to visit, not live, because there are too many restrictions for women. If you want to have a clear knowledge of Richard and Rose, I suggest that you read all of the books in order to have a better understanding of their lives. I must add here that this book can be read as a stand alone.

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