Author: Sally Britton
Series: Inglewood #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Date: May 23, 2019
All he wants is someone he can trust. All she wants is to belong. But when compromising circumstances force them together, do they have a chance at finding love?
Silas Riley, Earl of Inglewood, is known among his peers in Parliament as the man made of stone. As a wealthy peer, there are few he trusts with his friendship. He guards his heart and his honor with vigilance, and when an accident nearly takes his life, he’s faced with a situation which threatens his standing in society.
Growing up in the shadow of her older brother, Esther Fox’s acceptance in his circle has been indifferent at best. So when she ends up in a compromising situation as she saves the life of her brother’s dearest friend, the Earl of Inglewood, she is forced to marry him to save her own reputation. Once again, she finds herself accepted only because of the situation, and not because she is truly wanted.
Neither are prepared for a loss which further complicates their new relationship. With such a difficult beginning, can they ever hope to understand one another, let alone find love?.
I have enjoyed all of Sally Britton’s books and so it is no surprise that I loved this one too. I like her writing style. This story was full of angst since both the main characters were broken or flawed in ways that prevented them from seeing life as it truly was. Esther saw her life through a lens that made her believe no one wanted her, treated her as a burden and opening her heart would leave her vulnerable. Silas’s lens was that it was his duty to take things in hand, make good decisions and maintain his honor at all costs. Neither could see each other’s view point clearly and thus we have serious conflict in a marital relationship. He doing what is best for her and she feeling treated like a child or his subject rather than his partner in marriage.
I don’t always enjoy lots of angst in a book. I judge how good the story is by my reaction to it. Did it make me roll my eyes, or did it make me want to throttle characters who couldn’t see clearly? If it makes my emotions highly involved in the story then it is good. In this book I wanted to throttle both main characters. “Noooo, tell her why you are doing that!” “Noooo, tell him how you feel!” In other words, I was made to care about these people. I wanted them to choose better so they could reach their happily ever after. But we had to have some angst before we could get to that point. I found myself choked with emotion at some points in the story. I could feel the characters’ pain and wanted to cry right along with them.
This story is an example of how difficult it would be to be a woman in this time period where fathers, brothers and husbands made decisions for women and not always to their benefit. I have a hope inside that there were many men who learned as Silas did that women could and should be consulted in decision making. Reading stories that show that progress helps me believe that it happened in real life too.
No sex, language or violence