Lord Shallow by Eileen Putman - A Reader's Opinion
"Gwynna is on a quest, and like on all good quests, she cannot reach the end alone."
A Reader's Opinion
A woman in search of a truth and a man in search of what, he does not yet know. This is how the author endeared Sebastian and Gwynna to me. Lord Shallow tells the story of two people of great strength. One of them hides behind a carefully-erected façade while the other embraces heritage and hope. Sebastian and Gwynna stand beautifully as individuals who learn to respect one another, and even as a reluctant friendship unfolds, the chemistry is undeniable.
Gwynna is on a quest, and like on all good quests, she cannot reach the end alone. Five others' fates will be tested during this quest, until the last thread unravels to place everyone on the path they were always meant to walk.
The author transported me to Wales, a place I know little about, yet I found myself walking through castles, among ruins, and around spirits and stones alongside Gwynna as she told her fascinating tales and we wandered through history. When her heart ached, mine ached. When Sebastian's uncertainty clouded his thoughts, I longed for him to see the truth.
There is another story line in this book between two others, and while I found it filled with fluttering hope, it was Sebastian and Gwynna who drew me into their hearts and let me experience their love and adventures.
Sebastian and Gwynna are helped along by a man who waits in the background and acts out of . . . some may say arrogance, while others will be left questioning motives. I believe there is more to be seen from them all, and the true pleasure of the book may not be discovered without looking beneath the surface. Lord Shallow delivers an enjoyable journey of romance with a touch of intrigue. A quest for truth will carry you away to Wales with faeries, lore, and legends. This book is a delightful read that kept me awake hours past my bedtime.
Note from reader: I did not read the first book in the series prior to reading this one. Lord Shallow read nicely as a stand-alone book.
No woman could touch his heart . . .
To all of London, Sebastian Traherne is a pretentious fop who prizes his tailor over his dukedom. In truth, he’s an obsessively rational fellow protecting a secret marriage. When a prickly Welsh miss arrives at his crumbling castle one gloomy night, she upends his world—and every principle he holds dear. Worse, she believes in a silly fairy tale known as True Love.
Gwynna Owen might be the last true Princess of Wales, but she needs this very English duke to claim her legacy and vanquish a tyrant. When Sebastian quickly sees through her boy’s disguise, she must plead her case with only a rusty dagger—and sapphire eyes that conjure what he most wishes to avoid.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: One early surprise may be a deal breaker for some romance fans. If you’re looking for classic Regency historical that fits a formula, Lord Shallow may not be your cup of tea. Yet character will out. Here you’ll find a man who is so much more than he seems and a woman who’s finding her voice after years of having it suppressed. Their struggle as they make their way to one another is this story’s truth.
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Regency Romance | Pub: May 20, 2020 | 364pp | Anglesey Press
Format Read: E-book | Source: Provided by the author or publisher via blog tour
This book was on tour with Pump Up Your Book: Virtual Book Publicity Tours
Content Rating: 5 Hearts* | Read by: MK
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