A Lady in Hiding by Amy Corwin
This is not your normal run of the mill regency romance – it’s a lot more. Intrigue. Cross dressing. Murder. Attempted Murder. Slander. Ruination. It’s got it all! 😉
Title: A Lady in Hiding
previously published as The Bricklayer’s Helper
Author: Amy Cowan
Series: The Archer Family 02
Publish Date: September 3, 2015
Genre: Regency Romance
Source: Provided by author for an honest review
Publisher’s Description: A tragic case of arson sends Sarah into hiding to escape the terrible fate of her family. She works as a common laborer, and is safe for thirteen years, until she receives an ominous note. Despite her disguise, the killer has caught up with her, and she is once again in danger from a man determined to silence all echoes from the past.
William, an inquiry agent, is consumed with curiosity when he meets Sarah and hears about her case. And one look into her gray eyes has him hooked. Even though the evidence is scanty after so many years, he vows to assist her, unaware how events will challenge him both as a man of honor and as an investigator.
When a second attempt is made on Sarah’s life, William is forced to follow a treacherous path through the twisted, dark past. And his growing attraction to the independent woman proves just as dangerous. He needs a clear head to sift through the ashes of the old tragedy, with its hints of corruption reaching into the highest levels of Society. Above all, he must protect Sarah, regardless of personal cost.
Love must find a way to bring the two together and thwart a desperate arsonist, or the last survivor of the long-ago fire will die.
Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (in other words, SPOILERS!)
Nervous Nellie says…
The overview: This story is not your run of the mill regency romance. It’s more regency intrigue. From the cover, I figured that it would be a typical cookie cutter regency. Not even close. I really liked this story because of that fact. Sarah is so stubborn, but she gets a taste of what all women of the era want – independence. William is a second son with more to him than meets the eye.
The good: I like that the story is developed and the characters have depth. The hero is the second son and has chosen to be a part of the working class instead of aristocracy. He likes mysteries and works as an inquiry agent. Sarah hires him to figure out the mystery of why the fire that killed her family happened at all. William takes it upon himself to try and protect Sarah even though she is stubborn and single mindedly trying to get on with her life.
The bad: Someone is trying to kill Sarah because of what they *think* she knows. Poor Sarah has lived since the age of 11 with no family, no one to love or to love her. She has worked hard and lived incredibly hard. Her family is dead, so she is alone when the mystery starts to unravel. When she has no choice but to come out into the light, she is so miserable being a “Lady” that she can barely hold herself together.
The ugly: Status and class prohibits the hero and heroine from a relationship. She is the daughter of a marquess and he is a second son. Sarah, when revealed to the ton, has to become “Lady Sarah” and she looses all of her independence because women cannot function the same way men do of that era. Then there is the matter of someone trying to kill her. She can’t trust anyone because she has no idea if they are the one out to get her.
In the end, it all turns out fine, but with a twist I NEVER saw coming!
If you like this book, try…
- Beneath the Major’s Scars by Susan Mallory
- The Vital Principle by Amy Corwin
- Soulless by Gail Carriger