Publisher and Publication Date: Kregel Publications. April 21, 2020.
Genre: Historical fiction. Inspirational fiction. Regency Romance.
Source: I received a complimentary paperback copy from Kregel, I was not required to write a positive review.
Audience: Readers who enjoy clean Regency stories.
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Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
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Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero–he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn’t think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.
Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn’t have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there’s something he can’t quite remember. It’s important, dangerous–and if he doesn’t recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone’s very life.
Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith.
In a Regency romance story, the female characters who are of age are looking to marry well. They are looking for a husband who will provide financial and societal security. In The Lost Lieutenant, I am pleased the story had additional elements that made it unique. For example, Evan Eldridge is the main character with a well-developed story. He’s been thrust to the spotlight after becoming a war hero and he’s made Earl of Whitelock. He gains an estate and money. His movement up in society happens so quickly he’s not had time to learn the appropriate customs of his new title.
Other points that led me to give this book an excellent rating.
•Good scene description. For example, the first time they see the estate that’s been sadly neglected.
•The story is tense. Three men are scoundrels. They remind me of wolves.
•The story is balanced with good and evil. There are characters who have high morals and those who are despicable.
•Diana Seaton is caught between a promise she’d made and a father who has given an ultimatum. This creates conflict and a strong plot.
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