Regina Jeffers’ first novel is an epic story that spans a multitude of years and events in the lives of her characters. We journey with them as they learn to love and care for each other and to make a life together. This story is about the creation of a relationship between two individuals.
James Kerrington, Viscount Worthing, fled his home after his young wife died in childbirth. He joined the Realm, a secret government group, in an effort to forget his misery. While he is there he meets Brantley Fowler, the heir to dukedom. When he returns home, James decides that it is time for him to marry and produce a heir. Fortunately, Brantley asks James to join him at his family estate to help with some incidents that have occurred. It is there that James meets Eleanor Fowler.
Eleanor has lived her entire life on the estate. She had to manage the estate during the last two years as her father’s health declined and now she wants nothing more than to turn the estate over to her brother and to travel the world. This won’t happen until after her Season. Her brother wants her to make her Come Out to make up for the miserable years she spent with their father. Brantley is trying to help Eleanor overcome the scandalous behavior of their father and to take her place in society. One look at James has Eleanor wondering if she will make it through the season.
The chemistry between these two characters is immediate and steamy. James knows that he hasn’t felt this way about anyone and Eleanor never thought she could. Despite their attraction, there are a number of obstacles. As the book develops, we learn more about these obstacles and how James and Eleanor handle them. Their romance is not an easy one and trust has to be built.
I enjoyed the story although at times, the language was a bit difficult. It felt as though Ms. Jeffers was trying to write in the language of the early 19th century which was cumbersome. Once I adjusted to her style of writing the story flowed more naturally.
The dangers that plague Brantley and James as a result of their time with the Realm add an element of suspense which was unexpected. It makes the story more interesting and enjoyable. The action as a result also moves the characters and the story along quite nicely.