- Published: 28 January 2020 28 January 2020
Isolde returns to England following the death of her father, to throw herself on the mercy of her father’s friend, Lord Alderton. In the intervening years he has passed away and his son Richard now bears the title.
He agrees to help her, but she is very unsettled. Isolde has always lived in the army camp with her father, and is quite unsuited to the life of a young English lady. She has been educated, she can fight with a sword and a pistol, and her feisty nature makes her a force to be reckoned with. In some ways she seems older than her seventeen years.
The story is well written and the characters believable, but some elements of the story don’t work for me. It is unclear why Richard’s sister, Alicia, reacts in the way she does; it makes her look mentally unhinged. The romance between Isolde and Richard is not well enough developed; it seems to be a bit of an afterthought.
I really enjoyed the adventure element of the story and that it did not all take place in the drawing room like a lot of novels set in this period. I had not read any of Elizabeth Bailey’s books before but will definitely try another.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.