Release Date: Nov 21, 2017
Series: Cotswold Confidential
Heat Level: Warm/Sensual
Imprint: Lyrical Press
Discovering a new author is one of the pleasures of being an avid reader. I can’t believe Maggie Robinson has been writing for so long and I haven’t given one of her books a try… so glad I took the leap with Redeeming Lord Ryder. Her writing is smooth and exciting, her characters fun and well established, and her story perfectly developed making this book a delight to read.
Puddling-on-the-Wold is a special place, a place to heal and recover from whatever life has thrown at you. For Nicola Mayfield, it is the place she hopes to recover her voice after a tragic accident. Lord Jack Ryder, unbeknownst to Nicola, is also there to recover after the company he owned was involved in the same accident. Proximity and circumstance have thrown them together but an instant attraction is making it near impossible for them to stay apart.
I was very intrigued by the backstory for this novel; the idea of a mute heroine and a hero suffering from depression is very unique. The concept of the health “spa” at Puddling-on-the-Wold in Victorian England was also something very new to me and I found that this made for an interesting story and it gave the characters a different kind of atmosphere in which to fall in love. If you are looking for a book with the same old tried and true romantic ideas, this is not the book for you. This novel sets the reader up for a light-hearted journey with some predictable moments that are anything but same-old, same-old.
Nicola is a witty, forward thinking kind of girl who is not afraid to ask for what she wants. I think this is what attracts you to her the most as she is not some simpering wallflower who is so scared of her own shadow that she loses her ability to speak the first time she encounters a life tragedy. I enjoy a strong female lead and Ms. Robinson has provided one in Nicola Mayfield. She matches her with the dynamic, if sometimes manic, Jack Ryder. He has not been able to sleep for months and carries the weight of the accident that muted Nicola and killed two other people with him wherever he goes. You would think this depression would make him melancholy and morose but he actually seems very vibrant and full of life for a man supposed to be in a great depression. That is my only negative critique of this book; a depressed man would be a little less exuberant. But his vibrancy is infectious and I found myself with a little crush on Lord Jack by the end of the book.
Overall, a very pleasant and quick read. This is actually part of a series of books about the famed Puddling resort and you can bet I will be downloading them all shortly!