A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown
Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the kingâ€”and heâ€™s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.
All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesnâ€™t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse.
Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his missionâ€”finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crownâ€”must come first, or they could all end up dead.
I was surprised how much I liked the book.Â While I do love Regency novels sometimes I find them a bit on the overly dramatic side.Â In The Innkeeper’s Daughter elements of suspense and intrigue were present and even intense at times, but not overdone.Â There were a number of plot twists and turns.Â I love it when an author includes events that I couldn’t predict that still seem authentic to the tale.
The characters were real, with their own hang-ups, false beliefs, deep desires and well kept secrets.Â The introduction of Mr. Nutbrown and his oddly endearing mental instability was truly a brilliant move to add interest to the story.
As a Christian novel God is very much a part of the story, but only in so much as each character interacts with Him.Â This is not a book that is teaching about God as much as it is a book about characters who have a relationship with God and are growing in their understanding of Him.
While this book is not marketed as a part of a series, there were references back to Brentwood’s Ward, which I have not read.Â It did not detract from the story except that I did find myself wondering what I might have missed by not reading the first book.
All in all, I found The Innkeeper’s Daughter to be an entertaining read and I’d recommend it.
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I received a free advanced reader’s copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.