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This was an enjoyable romance with an intriguing historical element that I don't often read in historical romances! Sure, many authors bring into play the political struggles of the time period, but May McGoldrick went the extra mile and really intertwined the politics with the plot of the story. I loved it! As a history enthusiast, I always enjoy learning more while reading my romances. I have actually won several history-focused games due to what I read in romance novels, so take that, romance critics!
Grace Ware is traveling with her father, carrying a secret message from Joseph Bonaparte (brother of the infamous Napoleon Bonaparte) to his wife, Julie, in Brussels, when they are attacked and Grace must flee for her life. Hidden in a basket and thought to be dead, Grace is surprised to find herself rescued days later by Hugh Pennington, Viscount Greysteil. She quickly discovers that he is the Lord Justice in Edinburgh and has much reason to put her in jail if he knew of her allegiance to the Bonapartes. Fearful for her life, she pretends amnesia and soon grows close to Hugh and his family. As her heart grows fonder of Hugh, the danger in her life gets closer, and she must decide if following her heart is worth the risk.
I really enjoyed both Grace and Hugh, particularly in their interactions with each other throughout the book. Hugh has a fascinating background - he fought in the war against Bonaparte, and while fighting overseas, his wife and son contract a fever and die. He has been in mourning for the past eight years and has a deep animosity towards the French, whom he blames for his family's death. So it was surprising to me that he took Grace's identity so well! It was bit too clean-cut to be totally believable, but I still enjoyed their relationship once everything was out in the open. I particularly liked Hugh's sister, Jo, and her friendship with Grace was lovely. Grace was a great heroine, with her strength of character and her selflessness in sacrificing her safety to ensure the safety of her new friends. I don't mind when the hero does the saving, but it's nice to see a heroine who can save herself if she so chooses.
I greatly enjoyed this story and I can't wait to read Jo's story next! I hope May McGoldrick continues to insert much history in her books, as it makes the book all the more enjoyable. Well written and rich with history, I loved every minute of it!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**