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By Love Unveiled
by Sabrina Jeffries, Deborah Martin (Author)
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This is a reworked story that has been out of print written by Sabrina Jeffries as Deborah Martin. Before I give my review, I just want to let everyone know that I have not read the original book so I cannot point out the differences between the two and which parts have been reworked. That being said, I totally enjoyed reading By Love Unveiled. I admit that it is different from what I am used to Sabrina writing but the female protagonist, Marianne is as feisty and strong as her newer heroines.
The story starts of with Marianne, masquerading as Mina, a gypsy healer (she is half gypsy) in her hometown of Lydgate where she is trying to find the person responsible for framing her father (and her) with the plot to poison King Charles II. Garrett, the Earl of Falkham, returned to Lydgate to reclaim his family home that his uncle sold to the Winchilsea family. Meeting the masked Mina at the apothecary spiked Garrett's interest most especially after she treated him after he was attacked by a highwayman in on his way back to his estate.
I love that Mina "masqueraded" herself in her own hometown where people actually knew her and helped her keep her identity a secret. I actually felt Garrett's frustration when he suspected that the townspeople had information about Mina that they were not giving to him.
Mina and Garrett's attraction was also palpable as I was reading the whole book. I felt their passion exploding from the pages and loved the pace that the author took with developing their romance.
The ultimate surprise that I had was when Mina's father wasn't dead at all! I also liked that Garrett asked Mina's father for her hand in marriage when he was interrogating him.
The story went a little bit too fast for me when it came to the part of the confrontation between Garrett's uncle (who had his parent's killed and planted the poison in Mina's father's healing pouch), Garrett, the King, Mina and her father. I thought that it was pretty convenient for King Charles to side with Garrett without hearing more evidence. Granting that the uncle was already a known enemy of the king and he was already a suspect. Still the stand-off was pretty fast.
All in all, I love the book as a whole. I am definitely waiting for the next book in the Restoration Series to be available. I believe it will be sometime this year (as per Sabrina's website).
Miss Marianne Winchilsea is running for her life from those whom she believes have attempted to kill the king. Forced to disguise herself, she trusts no one--especially not Garett Lockwood, the Earl of Falkham, who usurped her family home and who seems to be her most dangerous enemy. And what Garett sees behind her masquerade is a beautiful half gypsy enrobed in mystery, deception, and burning secrets. A woman he should avoid at all costs. In a world where treachery and betrayal reign, a sweet seduction rules their hearts--and dares them to risk their destinies on a passionate love that all the powerful forces of the world cannot defeat.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
An edition of this book was published by Tantor Media.
Garett Lockwood, the Earl of Falkham, and the King's loyal friend is seeking revenge against his unscrupulous uncle who he believes is the force behind his parent's murders and his exile in France. When he returns to England to reclaim his land he is reluctant to trust anyone, especially a mysterious gypsy healer who is anything but forthright with him. Can this beautiful girl be another of his uncle's spies sent to do him harm?
Miss Marianne Winchilsea is hiding to save her life after the murder of her father she loved so dearly. In a cruel twist of fate she is cast as a traitor and must protect herself from all the King's men. However, against the better judgment of her aunt, she cannot flee England until she determines who killed her beloved father. Wearing a mask and claiming to be a disfigured gypsy healer, she gets close to the Earl of Falkham who has taken over the estate her father bought and may have been involved in the plans to kill him. She must keep her identity a secret to expose his true plans and to prevent him from turning her over to the king. However, as their paths cross and sparks fly, they both struggle to decide if the other is their greatest enemy or their sweetest salvation.
A brilliant novel of love, deception, trust, suspicion and passion. The strong brooding Earl and the beautiful witty healer are perfectly matched in this novel which will delight and have you laughing out loud at parts. By Love Unveiled has a great plot, great romance, and will leave the reader spellbound to find out what happens next. ( )