About the Book:
Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.
When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.
Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.
It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.
The Indebted Earl was such a pleasure to read! Author Erica Vetsch has penned a delightful Regency-era novel with outstanding character development, a captivating plot, and on-point setting descriptions.
From the effervescent Sophie, to the staid Captain Wyvern, all the characters were very well-drawn. The time spent on character development at the beginning of the book paid off as I felt I really knew them as the book progressed. I was pleased with how well minor characters were developed, as well.
The plot started off a little slowly, but that was to help the reader have a good foundation of the situation and the characters. It did pick up and became quite exciting, and I enjoyed reading the story.
I could see the dustiness of the manor, feel the jostling of the carriage, and hear the sounds of the seashore through Vetsch's apt descriptions. I love being drawn into the story like that!
This was the third of the Serendipity & Secrets series by Vetsch, but it reads well as a stand-alone. Christian fiction, historical romance, and Regency-era fans will all be pleased to read this book.
I received a copy from the publisher, Kregel, through Audra Jennings PR, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
About the Author:
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).
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