Laura Beers has just published her second novel in her Regency Spy Romance series, A Peculiar Courtship. The official release date is Dec. 2. That’s right around the corner! And I do believe I spy more historical romance in her future! Beers’ writing is fast-paced, emotionally charged, energetic, and fresh. I’m already waiting for the next one.
I discovered Beers on Facebook of all places. FB can be my great brain drain of the day if I get sucked into it. And I do get sucked in. I started joining writing groups, and as I swiped through dozens and dozens of pleas for editors, publishers, proofreaders, beta readers, and reviewers, one caught my eye: Saving Shadow. I’m not really an avid romance reader, but something drew my attention. Maybe the cover. She had two posted and was asking for comments. The next thing I know, I’m reading Saving Shadow.
When you read for a living and everyday the “to-do” list gets longer and longer and the pile gets higher and higher, ASKING to read another novel can be insane. But this was a chance to read exactly what I wanted to read at the moment. Saving Shadow hooked me.
Once I read that one (it’s in a previous blog), I had no choice but to continue. A Peculiar Courtship picks up where Shadow ended, so I definitely recommend reading both of them.
So, why am I reading romance and running around in circles screaming, “You should read this!”? Laura Beers. One author who can integrate mystery and romance, hold the tension until the climatic moment reveals itself, and continue to hold the reader’s attention until all the suspense is resolved.
If you are looking for a well-crafted, well-written romance/mystery historical novel for the holidays, this would be my number 1 suggestion. Or read both novels by Laura Beers—my other number 1 suggestion!
Lady Hannah, the daughter of Lord Pembrooke, is in imminent danger. Mr. Walker, a steward at her father’s estate, has betrayed her family. She barely escapes two men sent to capture her. Her beloved horse Pirata delivers her into the safe hands of the Dawsons, a simple farm family. Lucy Dawson takes a special interest in Hannah, and through their friendship, the social hierarchy is established and broken. Meanwhile, Hannah’s disappearance from the estate has put a rescue mission into place: Lord Jonathon Beckett sets out to save his love from the French spies who are determined to use her as a pawn in their attempt to overthrow the Crown. However, the rescue gets complicated when the spies and Lord Jonathon show up at the same time in the same small village. If they can find her here, can they find her anywhere? Why is her life in peril? The plot gets tricky at this point. Jonathon’s brother-in-law Lord Camden is married to his cousin Kate. Lord Camden is a cruel and malicious man. He could very well be the man behind the plot to overthrow the Crown. Jonathon’s sister is Eliza, aka Shadow, and the two are headed to her estate. If you have read Saving Shadow, you will realize the level of complicated espionage evident in Beers’ novels. Mr. Larson is in charge of Eliza’s estate and quite efficiently takes charge of the situation. The mystery behind Hannah’s attempted abduction slowly manifests itself. In fact, I found myself reading faster and faster at this point to counter the slow pace of the reveal—a nice, effective use of pacing. As I flipped pages almost rhythmically, my heart went off into the world of romance. The tension between Jonathon and Hannah is tender, but frustrating. Each tries to read the other’s mind, which only ends badly for both of them. But for some odd reason, they keep pursuing each other. Perhaps this is love of the HEA nature.