Like forbidden fruit, forbidden love is more sweet …
It’s 1803 and widowed aristocrat Sophy De Browarec must flee France after being exposed as an undercover British agent. Fearing for her life, she returns to Cornwall to seek help from the only living link to her past, Fitzwilliam ‘Fitz’ Ravensbourne.
Lord Ravensbourne has suffered his own share of misfortune and it’s left its mark in more ways than one. He has become a near recluse at the Ravensbourne Estate, but still reluctantly accepts Sophy into his home.
Sophy and Fitz’s relationship is strained and her return could bring danger to Ravensbourne – but there is something that prevents Fitz from casting her out, something almost forbidden …
A unputdownable regency romance from this promising new talent. Set in Cornwall.
Sharon is Australian but has lived in the UK for nearly twenty years. She started writing romance when she ran out of Sweet Valley High movies to read. She lives in London with her husband and two kids. Her professional background is in marketing and she has a degree in anthropology and gender studies from the University of Edinburgh. She loves reading and writing regency romance novels, especially those with a more gothic and darker tone.
Wow – what an amazing read
I was tense and absorbed right from the start.
It is based during ghe French revolution in the early 1800’s.
We meet Sophy first who is running for her life. She has been leading a double life in France and is running out of options and in the verge of being caught.
She manages to get to the safe house and now knows her only option is to return to England and the one place she has been avoiding from for many many years.
She sends word to Fitz of her homecoming – but is very apprehensive of this as she has not seen him for over 10 years – yet knows he is still very much of a recluse due to him being badly burned in a fire when he was a young child.
They had a fiesty relationship previously yet Sophy always admired and looked up to Fitz.
Unbeknown to each other – they both have feelings for each other yet are equally complicated and convince themselves that nothing can happen.
Sophy saw things in France she can never forget. Her trust has been broken yet she craves Fitz.
Just when she thinks she stands a chance her world comes crasheing back down again when Fitz announces he is to be married soon and that his fiancee will be moving into their home.
We are then treated to some extremely unimaginable twists and I found myself both holding my breath and getting goosebumps.
It was a fabulous and endulging read.
Sophy has spent the last 10 years abroad but circumstances have brought her back to Ravensbourne Castle, to the man who might have been her stepbrother if life had turned out differently. Fitz is both dreading and looking forward to seeing Sophy again but both carry pain and secrets that could come between them.
I really loved this novel – it had mystery, action, and romance. I enjoyed getting to know Sophy and Fitz as the story unfolded. The characters were intriguing, the plot was engaging, and the pace was perfect.
Thoroughly enjoyable novel. I loved the extra twist of Sophie’ past as a British spy in Napoleonic France and how that comes back to haunt her. The main characters are both strong but flawed. Can they overcome past tragedies to find a future?
This author is new to me, but I hope to read more from her. Sophy was widowed at 16 and then became a British spy in Napoleonic France for 10 years. Fitz is her ‘sort of’ step brother (her mother died 2 weeks before the wedding to his father) Sophy’s cover is compromised so she flees from France back to Fitz – Ravensbourne being the only home she remembers. Sophy has of course become very independent because of the lifestyle she has led, but most of it has been hidden from general view. I really liked the characters, enjoyed reading the book which took no effort at all, and a most satisfactory conclusion was achieved. I look forward to the next offering from this author.
Set in a large country estate in Cornwall during the Napoleonic war, with a tortured hero pining for his unobtainable love, particularly enjoyable for readers of historical romances.
After being severely scarred in a house fire, Lord Fitzwilliam has withdrawn from society and lives a solitary existence at his Ravensbourne Estate, shunning contact from everyone. His life is turned upside down when Sophy, his unofficial step sister, approaches Fitz for shelter. After being exposed as British spy, she has narrowly escaped from war torn France with her life. Sophy expects to be safe at Ravensbourne but Fitz knows that society would shun her if she lived under the same roof as an unrelated man. Without the security of Ravensbourne, Sophy has no protection from the danger of the man who has followed her from France.
With plenty of twists and turns and masses of yearning glances, this is ideal as a coffee-break book, or better still, for a cosy evening-at-home.