A Reader's Opinion: NOCTURNE by Elizabeth Ellen Carter


Australian Romance Today's pick of the Most Anticipated Romances of 2016.


Sweet romance with a Gothic touch! I love to discover new authors and their books. I'm so glad I took a chance to read this novella! Nocturne, written by Elizabeth Ellen Carter, is a heart-rending story set during the Regency period with two charming characters, Ella and Thomas. It's a sweet historical romance that's well written with a touch of Gothic. The story starts as Ella is forced to apply for a governess position at Blackheath Manor, owned by the Earl of Renthorpe, father of two little girls named Louisa and Grace. As soon as she starts as governess, she feels airs of secrets and mystery looming over the manor. Is there a ghost? Who is this ghost? Enters Thomas, a blind man and a scarred earl who was grievously wounded in the Napoleonic wars that killed his twin brother. The Earl of Renthorpe is so jealous of him that he decides to hold him prisoner in his own home. With the help of Ella, Thomas will gain back a revived hope in life! Will the love of music reunite these two beautiful souls? Nocturne is a story of secrets and scandal with a touch of hope! This novella had many elements to please me. It can be read in an afternoon.

Reviewer's Rating: 4 1/2 Stars | Content Rating: 3 Hearts | Reviewed by: Nicole Laverdure


Format Read: E-Book | Source: Provided by the author or publisher


In her first posting as governess, Ella Montgomery discovers beautiful Blackheath Manor hides family secrets and suppressed passions. Mysterious piano music in the darkness of night draws Ella to the talented Thomas Worsley, the brother of her employer, the Earl of Renthorpe. Grievously wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, Thomas is held prisoner at Blackheath by more than his blindness and scars. Driven by bitter jealousy, the Earl has ensured Thomas is only a memory, his name etched on a marble memorial in the Bedfordshire village graveyard. Drawn together by their love of music, Ella and Thomas begin a clandestine affair, but how far will the Earl go to keep his family's secret? Nocturne is a novella from Elizabeth Ellen Carter whose full-length titles include Warrior's Surrender, Moonstone Obsession and Moonstone Conspiracy.

Length: Novella (106 pages)

Publisher: Business Communications Management

Publication Date: January 28, 2016

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