Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review Copy from Author
Having read and adored all of Pamela Lynne’s previously published novels (see here for proof), I was elated to learn that she was working on a traditional Regency Romance series. A series that would tell the emotional and turbulent tales of three men from the Granville family and the women who love them. As a reader who loves traditional Regency Romances and on who has great affection for Pamela Lynne’s original character, Viscount Hedley, I was very excited and eager to read a series that includes a whole cast of original characters.
Surrendering the Past, the first book of The Granville Legacy Series, introduces all three Granville men and gives a bit of history on each of their lives, but focuses mostly on Captain Richard Granville. Captain Granville is the second son of the Earl of Litchfield, and their relationship is strained and filled with resentment and mistrust. While he is on leave from the army, the Earl of Litchfield summons Captain Granville to his side in order to announce his upcoming nuptials to an unknown beauty without a fortune. Who is this angel and what duty compels her to marry the evil Earl of Litchfield?
The earl’s betrothed is none other than the beautiful and kind-hearted Jane Dawson eldest daughter in the Dawson family. She posses no dowry, is especially close to her younger and more outspoken sister, and has mother who behaves a little vulgar in public (sounds a little familiar, right?) Because of her unselfish nature and duty to her family, Jane Dawson agrees to the Earl of Litchfield’s marriage proposal. Even though he is more than twice her age. Even though his behavior is sometimes controlling and menacing. Even though she feels the beginning of a connection with the Earl’s younger son. Jane must honor her promises…
What a splendidly gripping introduction to the Granville family! I loved all the characters introduced (especially the men!), and I greatly enjoyed the complex personalities and challenges Ms. Lynne bestowed on each one of her characters. Not only with our brave hero and worthy heroine, but with the supporting cast as well (which I believe will be featured more in the next installments of this series). Alongside Captain Granville and Jane Dawson, readers will encounter Julian Hale (Captain Granville’s brooding cousin that has eschewed society these past couple of years), Wesley Granville (Captain Granville’s older brother who dutifully follows his father’s every wish but may have some secrets of his own), Amy Dawson (Jane’s younger sister who isn’t afraid to speak her mind), and Lady Rachel Blanchard (neighbor and friend to the Granville brothers who tragically lost her betrothed a few years back). And to top it all off, Pamela Lynne creates a most vile, dangerous, and heartless antagonist with her creation of the Earl of Litchfield. Such a baddy!
Not only are there well-drawn characters in this tale, but a lot of riveting action too! As the events build up to the story’s climax and resolution the pacing escalates as well. It is such a gripping tale and with all the surprising twists that take place along the way, I wouldn’t have minded if this story was fifty pages longer to give these events more time to progress and develop. At 147 pages, felt more like a novella than a novel.
Mistrust and mistakes, danger and deceit, sacrifice and secrets – the Granville family is filled with enthralling drama and adventure! Even though this installment ends with a satisfying resolution, there are hints that there is more angst and drama in store for the Granville men! I, for one, cannot wait to spend some more time these engaging and worthy characters! Highly anticipating the publication of Book 2: Redeeming the Past!