I’ve been lucky to be able to connect with fellow authors from Penner through the magic of social media, and one of my newfound friends is the talented writer Bianca M. Schwarz. I had her novel on my “to read” list ever since I saw the cover, and I read it with interest. I finished reading yesterday, and below is the synopsis and my honest review:
To the ordinary observer, the wealthy Sir Henry March, cousin of a duke, seems a typical London gentleman. But to the Crown, Henry is a powerful asset, secret defender of the country. When he sees an injured girl stumbling down the side of the road, he must stop.
The stepdaughter of an abusive innkeeper, Eliza Broad is from another class entirely. But the moment Henry lays eyes on the spirited and beautiful girl, he feels a connection. To protect her, he takes her in to his home.
In Henry, Eliza finds a rescuer, handsome and kind beyond her wildest dreams. But danger is at their heels. On Eliza’s trail is one of London’s vilest and most notorious pimps, a man whose connections tie him to a dark world of sadism and treachery.
Can Eliza and Henry fight to protect England, their hearts, and their lives?
My review: I REALLY enjoyed A Thing of Beauty. Because I know the author I went in with high expectations, and it did not disappoint. The story is about Eliza, a young woman from an inn, who is rescued after an awful beating from her step-father, by the wonderful Sir Henry. Henry is a near-perfect hero- kind, generous, handsome, funny, and charming. What I think I enjoyed most is the two characters bonded as friends first, and especially, that they bonded over a love of books and reading. Eliza was naïve in many ways, and Henry could have been way out of her league given his wealth, education, and position, but I never felt those differences would keep the two apart. The sex scenes make this a spicy read, and the suspense in the mystery kept me flipping pages even late in the night. I couldn’t wait to see if they would solve the mystery and catch the bad guy. And my, Ms. Schwarz, thank you for writing such great period description. I absolutely loved the fashion descriptions and the way the settings are described. If I have one critique it’s that I wanted some kind of a conflict between the two main characters to keep me guessing if they’d end up together. But that certainly didn’t distract from a great read. I can’t wait to see what else happens, particularly with this horrid secret society we learn about in ATOB. I would definitely recommend this title to those who enjoy romance, intrigue, and history.