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Monday, September 10, 2007

Review: The Resurrection of Lady Sumerset

The Resurrection of Lady Somerset
by Nicola Beaumont

An age-old mystery, a risky assignment, a marriage devised to suppress a secret.

Ethereal Lark Blackwell has been hidden within Somerset Manor most of her young life. Few guessed her existence. With the death of her mentor comes the command to marry the new Lord Somerset. He is to protect her, to introduce her to Society, and to keep hidden the mystery of her beginnings. Ha! After his shocked tirade and obvious disdain of the arrangement, she would not marry him even if he were the last man on God's green earth.

Jonathon Rexley, Lord Somerset, cannot help falling in love with the mute beauty who talks with her hands. Without this marriage, the estate falls to his wastrel brother, who already seems to have charmed the lady. Gad, but he is torn. Despite his love, the possibility exists that in her fire-blackened past, she could be his half-sister. Marry her, yes. Touch her, never.

The Resurrection of Lady Somerset may just be the death of the Jonathan Rexley.

Available in print or eBook formats.

The Resurrection of Lady Somerset has a good premise. A sheltered girl must marry a man she hardly knows and to top it off she's mute. She uses sign language to communicate with the other characters. This was an unique idea by the author, I think. There is also a hint of mystery about the girl, Lark.

I gave the book a rating of 3 because although I liked Lark, I didn't really feel the chemistry between her and Jonathon until close to the end. I think the author attempted to remedy this by having them spend a lot of time together in the middle of the novel but it had the effect of slowing down the pace. I also couldn't pin down an actual date for this to have taken place, and for me that's distracting. There was also some repetitious dialogue. The pace does pick towards the end and there is some excitement and a few plot twists.

The character I liked the most was Cyril, Jonathon's brother. I thought he was quite charming and would like the author to write a novel involving him. Rebekka, the abigail, is a firecracker as well.

Overall it's a sweet story.

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Reviewed by Lavender