on May 22, 2018
Source: Barclay Publicity
I received this book for free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Originally published in IT STARTED WITH A WHISPER Anthology
Lady Sybil Anson thought she had it all. Even a match of the heart, despite so many London elite marrying for convenience. But the night before their betrothal was to become official, the love of her life vanished—with a hastily scrawled note and little more. She feared the worst as her heart ached for Gideon, and the scandal sheets simply made matters worse with their preposterous musings on the hows and whys of Viscount Galway’s disappearance. Now, more than a year later, he’s unexpectedly back, and Sybil will have her answers.
Many, many years ago, Gideon Lyndon made a grave mistake. One he’s spent most of his adult life trying to rectify. And despite the progress made, the sacrifices were extensive and damaging. On the verge of repairing one misdeed, he finds himself faced with his greatest challenge yet: winning back the woman he has loved since the moment he met her. But after a year of silence, convincing his headstrong paramour to take him back will not be easy. Especially since he can’t even explain why he left—not if he wants to keep her safe.
Lady Sybil Anson was elated that she was going to be betrothed the next day. Much to her shock, Gideon Lyndon leaves town that night with no explanation. Her sorrow and shame are all over the gossip rags lead by Lady X. There is even more to gossip about when Gideon shows up a year later to win Sybil back unable to explain why he left.
In an Oyster Shell – This author is extremely talented and showed again in this novella short and sweet.
The Pearls – I was beyond excited that this Regency had some similarities with my favorite show gossip girl. I was over the moon. Every time Lady X said her peace I was giddy. It was an extremely clever concept and well executed. The story is short but it feels full. I would love if she turned this into a series.
The characters are well developed given the short amount of time you get to spend with them. McKnight packed a lot of punch in few pages. Sybil is strong but faithful and so is Gideon. For a time this is to their detriment. The side characters added depth. I loved Gideon’s friend.
The romance was sweet and palpable. The faithfulness that the two had almost written the story itself. It was why it was able to be done in such few words. They were faithful from the beginning. Their love for each other surpassed the pages of the book.