Publisher: Dashing Dandies Publishing
Date of publication: March 21st, 2019
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Romance
Where you can find The Secret of Scroton Hall: Amazon
A smart mystery with a slow-burning romance at its heart
When Lady Felicia Markham is jilted by the man she thought she would marry, Buckinghamshire is the last place she wants to be. A visit to her irreverent great-aunt, The Dowager Countess of Barton, is just what Lady Felicia needs to restore her old spirit.
Oxfordshire is just the ticket, despite her bossy aunt’s determination to match-make, and a surprise invitation to Scorton Hall, home of the Duke of Scorton, is a welcome treat.
With her aunt shamelessly trying to throw her onto the path of the dark and handsome Earl of Beaumont, Felicia is certain that love and romance are no longer for her; not even the sparkling blue eyes of the handsome Earl can tempt her.
But when the two are the first to discover the lifeless body of a murdered maid, they are thrown together in their attempt to unravel the Secrets of Scorton Hall.
Their determination to discover the truth of the murder of poor Daisy Marlow will take them on an adventure through Hertfordshire, the theatre world of Regency London, and finally, Scotland.
Can the Earl find love despite all that is revealed, and can Lady Felicia escape the pain of the past and let herself love again?
And when they finally uncover the secret, will it draw them together or drive them apart?
Lady Felicia and her aunt Lady Barton have been invited to the wedding of the Duke of Scroton. Felicia wasn’t expecting to stumble upon a murder the day of the wedding. Horrified, Felicia makes it her mission to find out who the killer is. With help, Felicia chases leads throughout the English and Scottish countryside. Her helper? The Duke’s best friend, Jonathan Forbes. Can she find the killer? Will she lose her heart to Jonathan?
If you have been following this blog for any length time, then you know my love for historical romance. I like it all, but I have a love for romances taking place from Tudor to Victorian England. I also have been reading more mystery lately. Not psychological thrillers but plain mysteries. So when I was approached to review The Secret of Scroton Hall, I accepted. I am glad that I did!!
I enjoyed the mystery angle of the book. It was well written. The author did a great job of keeping both who the victim and the murderer was. I did have 1/3 of the murderer figured out. There was a twist with who the murderer was. As for the victim, I was stunned when that was revealed. The author did a fantastic job of keeping that under wraps too. I figured it out the same time Felicia did. We were both in the same amount of shock.
As for the romance angle of the book, I didn’t see anything until almost the end of the book. The author played down the romance until almost the end of the book. I was glad that the romance was understated. It would have taken away from the mystery angle of the book.
This was also a clean romance. Nothing explicit. There were a couple of kisses and that’s it. Again, I liked it. I have nothing against explicit romances. 90% of my reviews consist of explicit romance. But, ever no and again, I need a change of pace. It was refreshing to read The Secret of Scroton Hall and not have bodice ripping sex every other chapter.
I liked the main characters of The Secret of Scroton Hall. Felicia was a riot. Once she got her teeth into finding out who killed Daisy, she didn’t let go. The only thing that bothered me about her is that she came across as condescending towards the help. Calling everyone “dear” and acting surprised when the butler didn’t seem to care for her. I liked Jonathan also. He came across as a sweetheart.
The end of The Secret of Scroton Hall was excellent. Like I mentioned above, there were several twists in the plotline that took me by surprise. The epilogue was fantastic. I love HEA’s!!
I would give The Secret of Scroton Hall an Older Teen rating. There is no sex. There are two kissing scenes that are tame. There is no language. There is mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book.
I would reread The Secret of Scroton Hall. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review The Secret of Scroton Hall.
All opinions stated in this review of The Secret of Scroton Hall are mine.
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