The Duke of Ashton sits at the Opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans murder.
He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence.
How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding? And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder, even more despicable than even he could have imagined. He hadn’t counted on losing his heart to her, of course, but he did.
What he doesn’t know is that a tendril of the shadows of madness and sin that followed Beatrice to his door is still out there, looking for something to devour.
The only one who can save him from the darkness is the girl herself, but he knows he’ll never see her again. He who once prided himself on his indifference to other human beings, feels his chest constrict with pain every time he even thinks of her.
Beatrice, smart, gentle, kind-hearted, lovely.
A perfect blend of darkness and light, this Regency reverse retelling of Jane Eyre will break your heart as well as uplift it
This is the perfect book for people who love historical/regency romance! It was like reading a tale by Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte.
M.C. Frank does a brilliant job of (reverse) retelling the story of Jane Eyre, with beautifully written characters! The story was much darker than I was expecting, but I liked the twist that Frank gave to the classic gothic romance.
The story follows the Duke of Ashton as he meets and hires the tiny, demure governess, Beatrice and falls in love with her. But what he doesn’t know is her dark past that follows her around where ever she goes. I loved how this story developed and I could quite easily pick this up again and read their story over and over.
My one complaint: I thought the Duke of Ashton was a bit to bipolar at first. He would seem to go from one extreme to the other in his dealings with Beatrice. I wish that had been toned down a bit.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
*I received an arc copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review