HER QUIET WORLD OVERTURNED
When an unseasonable snowstorm brings an assortment of stranded travellers to Lady Beatrice Lindley’s door, companion Miss Ruth Harrington welcomes them in, flustered though she is by the towering presence of Colonel Hugo Prentiss. But the next morning Ruth’s quiet existence on the moor is shattered – Lady Beatrice is dead!
Convinced there’s more to her employer’s demise than meets the eye, Ruth seeks the one man who can help her uncover the truth – the enigmatic Colonel. But, in a world where nothing is what it seems, can Ruth and Hugo come to put their trust in each other?
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An Ideal Hero
Beautifully written story with engaging heroine and believable hero. Such a joy to read a romance where one can truly admire the character values of a hero who would make a great husband. I was swooning with the kindness and the thoughtfulness of the hero - there was so much to enjoy in this novel - well worth the money and time spent reading it.
At a time when, for me personally at any rate, the Historical genre is going down a road I don't like, all hail Anne Ashley for this riveting story.
Using an unusual and intriguing plot of "who-dun-it" the author writes with great insight of the standards and customs of the era.
It is almost hard to believe such a masculine yet caring hero like Hugo could exist - and yet you can - while Ruth's seemingly quietly enigmatic and rather insipid exterior covers a charming, competent and strong personality.
I would perhaps have liked the romance to have a bit more tension but that's a minor quibble in what I consider one of the best Historicals for some time.
Ten out of ten
The story had some interesting aspects with a group of people thrown together by circumstances beyond their control.
The main characters develope well during the story. Hugo and Ruth are great characters. I found the fact that Ruth was not her first name quite interesting and it gave a fun aspect to Hugo's terms for her.
The story gives you some intrigue and some interesting quirks.
It has 2 deaths discussed within along with aspects of many character backgrounds being exposed in a gentle manner.
A wonderful story but I would have liked more of an ending especially to aspects that pop up in the story I wanted a more fully ending to answer all the questions.
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