About Loving Lieutenant Lancaster by Sarah M Eden

loving lieutenant lancaster by sarah m edenOrphaned as a child, Arabella Hampton was the unwanted and unloved charge of a cruel aunt and neglectful uncle. The only light in her young life was the kindness of the Jonquil family, and she clung to the childish dream of someday living with them at Lampton Park. Now, years later, that opportunity is presented to Arabella in a most unexpected way: she is to be the lady’s companion to the dowager countess. As she takes up residence at the estate, the young woman soon finds that life at the Park is far more complicated than she imagined. The lines of her position are blurred, and she is neither family nor servant. So when the countess plans a grand house party, Arabella is content to hide in the shadows. But one gentleman sees her there.

Lieutenant Linus Lancaster has retired from the navy and is not looking for love, especially when he finds himself entangled in his sisters’ scheme to trap him into finding a wife at a house party at Lampton Park. Yet amid the festivities, he’s impossibly drawn to the dowager’s quiet companion, Arabella. Their regard for each other is undeniable, but they are haunted by their pasts. Can the two find a way to bridge their worlds?

My review

I would never want to read just one author for the rest of my life. But I think if I had to choose one, it would be Sarah M Eden. I love her books! I love the way she writes. Her books are so fun! I love her characters. I love the settings. Really just everything about her books are amazing! This one is just awesome!

As the Loving Lieutenant Lancaster by Sarah M Eden opens, you have Adam, Duke of Kielder calling a meeting of his brother in laws, Linus and Harry. He has a problem. Persephone is insisting that he go to a house party, for 2 weeks! My thought as I was reading this very opening chapter was, yes Adam! I love Adam. He’s snarky, with a dry wit that I love. He says everything I would ever want to say that is mean to people. And he gets away with it! It was really fun to get to see Adam, and a little different side of him in this book. Adam isn’t a main character, so the reader doesn’t see what he’s thinking. Adam pretty much says whatever he thinks anyway.

The main two characters in this one are Linus and Arabella. But the way this one is written the reader gets to see all of Adam’s family and all of the Jonquils. I love the way the worlds of the two families collide in this one. All of the secrets going on between the two families really make the whole plot work so well. 

Linus…I loved Linus! He goes to the house party at the behest of Adam. He goes so that Adam doesn’t kill Lord Lampton, Philip Jonquil. I love the way everyone, Adam and Linus, are afraid of what Persephone will do if Adam messes up and injures or maims anyone. Linus goes out of his way to get to know the girl who seems to want to be left in the shadows at the house party, Arabella. I love his gentlemanly ways. He made me love him when he included young Caroline Jonquil in the activities when he didn’t have to.

Arabella has just been hired to be Mater’s companion. She immediately becomes the one that everyone tells their secrets to. But she’s not quite sure where her place is. She’s known the Jonquils her entire life and feels a bit out of place. I love the way she grows in confidence throughout the book, except where it comes to Linus. There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes that Arabella hadn’t known or realized. And when all is revealed, I about cried. It was so beautiful! 

This whole book is just fabulous! If you’re a fan of Regency Romance at all, make sure to read this one. I would recommend you read all of the books about the Jonquils and Adam’s family first though!

I was sent a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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About author Sarah M Eden

Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.

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