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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Book review

Escaping from Bath and the news that her former love is about to marry another, Isabel, the young widowed Marchioness of Axbridge, accepts an invitation to her cousin’s house party. Yet, instead of finding respite, she stumbles into a domestic crisis of majestic proportions: The kitchen servants have succumbed to the influenza. 

If that weren’t bad enough, her former sweetheart arrives with his fiancĂ©e, seeking shelter from the increasingly hazardous snow storm. Trapped inside Chernock Hall with a volatile mix of house guests, including abolitionists and slave owners, Isabel wishes she could hide below stairs for the duration. But, alas, she cannot. While helping in the kitchen, Isabel is cornered by her cousin’s disreputable friend, Marcus Bateman, who challenges and provokes her at every turn. 

At last, the storm subsides. However, the avalanche of repercussions cannot be undone. Caught in the grip of the terrible winter of 1813, will Isabel’s greatest threat come from the weather, her abolitionist views, or from falling in love again?

Overall this was a lovely sweet romance, which for me is very different to what I usually read.  Please don't think I didn't enjoy the book because I did.  Ms Baxter referred to slavery in the book and for me this is quite unusual, but made a refreshing change.  But the heart of story is romance.

As you can see I'm not giving much away, and that's because I don't want to influence you and just let you make your own mind up.

I would definitely read more of Ms Baxter's books and I give this book 4/5 stars.

The book is available to buy from Amazon UK and all other retailers. 

I received this complementary book in return for a honest review.

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