Author: Sarah M. Eden
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Published: September 2014
Paperback: 258 pages
FTC FYI: Received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Mindy
In the sprawling gardens of their neighboring estates, childhood friends Miles and Elise spent countless pleasant days together in the spirited adventures of youth. They were inseparable—until Elise vanished without a trace. Miles searched, but Elise could not—or would not—be found.
After years spent laboring on the family plantation in the West Indies, Miles Linwood is shocked by the unexpected news: he has inherited his distant cousin’s estate and the title of Marquess of Grenton. Miles’s return to England is tarnished by only one thing—he is still haunted by Elise’s mysterious disappearance. So when he glimpses a woman with a startling resemblance to his lost friend, he’s shaken to the core. This is no mere shadow of the past: it is truly Elise. But his dear friend has changed—to the point that he questions whether it is really her, though he knows it is. Accustomed to rescuing Elise from childhood escapades, Miles takes her and those in her care back to his estate, even as he struggles to understand her fear and mistrust. As their friendship and feelings slowly blossom again, the shocking truth of their separated years is revealed, and Miles realizes more than ever that he must protect Elise. She slipped away once, and he cannot lose her again.
Miles finds his long-lost friend Elise and is surprised to see that she has a child. He takes them both right away to his estate. Elise is very close lipped and Miles can tell that Elise is troubled. Little does he know it has everything to do with him. Elise is a widow now and has been raising her daughter with her mother-in-law. They have survived on close to nothing, and it is hard to Elise to accept Miles’s help, even though she has so little. Once they arrive at Miles’s home, mysterious things start happening. Can Elise let go of the past and ask for help?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved Miles, he had me at the first page. His humor, spirit, and especially his devotion, will make him a character that I will compare others to. All of the characters are magnificent. Elise especially. I also really liked Mr. Langley, Miles’s brother-in-law. He was a great comic relief. His sister Beth was a delight, too. I really enjoyed the turn the story took with Elise and the secrets she was keeping. The romance with a touch of mystery added in, was a perfect mix. I liked how the events came about and one thing really surprised me!
5 out of 5 stars. A perfect book from a perfect author. I will read anything from Sarah. Her books are always well-written and entertaining.