Publication Date: December 2015
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House
What is a girl to do in 1815 in Devonshire, England if she finds herself pregnant and abandoned by the man she thought was the love of her life, Wesley Overtree? She marries the dashing Army officer who rescues her from the edge of a cliff and who just happens to be Wesley’s brother. Thus begin Miss Sophie Dupont’s adventures as a married woman.
Sophie’s life gets extremely complicated when she and Captain Stephen Overtree visit Overtree Hall. Sophie meets her in-laws as the wife of one brother while carrying the child of the other. As Sophie becomes better acquainted with her new husband and learns a bit more about his brother, her feelings begin to undergo a change.
Some of the secondary characters actually have more charm than the primary characters. I really liked Colonel Overtree, Stephen and Wesley’s grandfather. He was a pleasant, interesting old guy who added appeal to the story. Kate, Stephen and Wesley’s younger sister, is also a likeable character. However, it took some time before I felt empathy for Sophie and her situation.
In spite of some of the characters, the story was interesting. I wanted to find out what Sophie was going to do with her predicament of being married to one brother and infatuated with the other. Family secrets come to light that make the story more interesting, as well as adding a bit of intrigue. As with all Regency era novels, the class system, romance, and honor play a role.
I did enjoy the way the loose ends were tied up and the ending of the novel. The book has some interesting themes that carry throughout the story, such as keeping an oath, responsibility, and beauty being skin deep. A pleasant read!
This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.