Who doens’t love treasure hunts? Or hunts for criminals? These two historical inspy new releases have both!
Treasure Hunts? Yes, Please!
There’s nothing I loved more than a good treasure hunt when I was a kid–even if we only hunted for imaginary treasure. Protagonists in these two new releases search for treasure on islands off the coast of England as well as in trash heaps in London’s poorest district.
Worthy of Legend
By Roseanne M. White, Bethany House, September 2022, 367 pages.
Lady Emily Scofield has never felt worthy. Her father belittles her, her brother plays cruel tricks on her, and her mother hasn’t responded to her letters for the past few months. Even though it’s 1906 and no longer Medieval times, Emily’s father sees her as a matrimonial pawn to increase his wealth and standing. Emily wants more than that.
When her father cuts off her allowance to force her to comply with his wishes, Emily learns how to trust in God and economize—two skills her family never taught her. For the first time in her life, Emily learns to trust people who deserve her trust and respect—even if they don’t belong to her same social class.
Bram Sinclair, the Earl of Telford, has loved all things King Arthur. He loves the mystery, the chivalry, and the pageantry of the Arthurian legends. He hides his passion well, and only his closest friends know his secret. To the world, he seems like a languid lord of the manor.
As his summer treasure hunting with his friends on the Isles of Scilly unfolds, Bram slowly realizes his feelings for Emily. When he overhears a private conversation, Bram understands how he can help in a quiet, unobtrusive way. But as the level of danger increases as unscrupulous men hunt for the same treasure, Bram must find ways to protect Emily. The closer he grows to her, the more he admires her selfless love.
When the time comes, will he internalize the ideal of selfless love, or will he fall prey to the lust for fame and fortune that drives so many?
What I Loved About This Book
The third in the Secrets of the Isles series, readers can enjoy Worthy of Legend as a stand-alone novel. But why miss the other two books in the series? White delves into sacrificial love and relationships within families in this book. How can one love unconditionally yet maintain boundaries with family members? Readers will enjoy the mystery of the treasure hunt and the descriptions of island society. Fans of Downton Abbey will love the book (and the series).You won't want to miss this exciting treasure hunt romance from @RoseannaMWhite! @bethany_house #WorthyOfLegend #amreading #inspy Click To Tweet
The Bride of Blackfriars Lane
By Michelle Griep, Barbour Publishing, August 2022, 320 pages.
Kit Turner can’t wait to marry Jackson Forge—the man she never even hoped she could dream about. After all, she grew up in the dark alleys of London, scrambling to survive and thrive in the darkest of circumstances. Who would have thought she would fall in love and marry a bobby?
She doesn’t have much money but wants to give her groom a gift worthy of her regard. Despite wise counsel to let bygones be bygones, Kit sets out to solve the mystery of who beat up Jackson’s brother years ago. The beating changed James’s life forever, and Kit wants to bring the perpetrators to justice. With the help of her contacts, she sets up a meeting on the morning of her wedding. But the encounter turns disastrous.
Jackson Forge can’t wait to marry Kit Turner—the only woman he’ll ever love. She exasperates him at times with her headstrong ways and seeming disregard for personal safety. But he can’t believe his good luck. Even his brother and father fall in love with Kit.
Jackson dreams of providing Kit with the security she’s never had, and a tantalizing offer from an earl makes him second-guess his new career as an inspector. When Kit lands in trouble, Jackson wonders if he made the right choice.
What I Loved About This Book
Feisty Kit and courageous Jackson seem like a match made in heaven. Sparks fly as their wedding day approaches, but despite their love, they each need to learn something before they say their vows. Griep weaves together swoony romance with danger, intrigue, and mystery in this sequel to The Thief of Blackfriars Lane. Readers will relate to Kit’s fierce independence and quest to understand how independence can remain a strength in a marriage relationship. Jackson struggles to understand how to love Kit as she is, not as he imagines she should be.
Fans of Roseanne M. White and Jen Turano will enjoy this inspirational book.You'll love this sequel to The Thief of Blackfriars Lane from @BarbourBuzz and @MichelleGriep! #fiestyprotagonist #amreading #YA #inspy Click To Tweet
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Roseanna M. White has become one of my favorite authors. I’ve read the first two in this series and have this one waiting for me in my Kindle app.
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