05 June 2017

Tour & Giveaway: Romancing Daphne (The Lancaster Family #3) by Sarah M. Eden

Romancing Daphne (The Lancaster Family #3) by Sarah M. Eden.
Audience/Genre: Regency Romance, Clean Read.
Publication: June 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications, Inc..
As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sisters beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.

But Daphne's misery turns to surprised delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I felt a connection to Daphne so I really understood her! She seems to feel as though everyone leaves her and no one wants her. Her father’s mind was deteriorating as she grew up and where she used to sit in his office, he started to not allow her there. Her and her sister were sent to live with her other sister’s home. There she felt happier as she felt happy that her older sister’s husband seemed to be fond of her and he allowed her to sit in his office while he worked. Her brothers went off in the military. Her one brother was very fond of her, but he died. Once when she was younger, she had to peek out and watch a ball that her brother was hosting. On the patio (not the correct word), a man came out and called her his "Little Sparrow". He was kind and she latched onto that memory and wanted to someday belong to him.

Now grown up, she meets him again. His name is James. James' father told him to court Daphne. He said that Daphne’s brother in law commanded it of him. (just fyi- Daphne’s uncle is also known as the Dangerous Duke, he makes everyone quake in their boots.) James did as he was told but then found as time went on, he really liked being in her company. But it wasn’t fair to Daphne and he didn’t know how to tell her the truth without ruining her trust in him.

But as all stories go, she finds out. When she did, I had to put down the book. I stewed over it for 2 days before I was able to pick it back up. She was also losing time with the Dangerous Duke as well. As something was taking over that time she had with him. Now she felt all alone and like everyone leaves her. She withdrew from the world. The Dangerous Duke and her brother who was at home on leave notices. They tried to figure out what to do to help her. James also would try to check on her. He didn’t like her being so withdrawn. He still cared very deeply for her. But her family kept them apart as well. But families also see things other people don’t and I loved her family for all that they did for Daphne.

I hadn’t read the story of The Dangerous Duke and I need to get that book so I can read his story. I also hope there is a story of the younger sister as she is totally out of control for that time period.

If you love regency romance, clean reads, betrayals, dementia, grieving, finding love, doing what is right over family, picnics, gardens, then this might be for you!

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Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for "Best Romance" and "Best Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

Sarah is represented by Pam Howell at D4EO Literary Agency.

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