Last book in the series... Sigh...
I really loved this series and am sad to see it end, but on the up side, this book was an incredible ending!
Roseanna remains one of my favorite authors.
If you haven't read this series, my recommendation would be start with book one and read them all the way through. But each book can be - in and of itself - a stand alone. The whole series revolves around the red diamonds called the "Fire Eyes" and the curse they seem to carry with them. It begins with Brook who, unknown to her, actually owns them. The mystery escalates in each book as those seeking the diamonds get more desperate, daring and dangerous with the passing of time. As the diamonds exchange hands so does the curse that follows them and the tragic impact on those who hold them.
I enjoyed this book from page one to the very last. It kept me captivated and eager to keep reading. I love what Roseanna did with the characters
and how she wrapped up the tale. The villains were a bit unnerving at times, and give you that "chill-bump" feeling. She loads the books with unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing just a bit, while some of the story is of course predictable.
I think my favorite part of the Roseanna's writings is the way she incorporates the spiritual into her books. She does it subtly and it fits right into the story, not as an added preachy style. The characters, their faith, how they live that out in their daily lives all encourages and uplifts my heart. I loved Ella's character. She was always optimistic and cheerful, bringing out the best in the people around her. I also liked the character of Felicity the maid. She was content with her status in life and willing to be an encouragement and bring a little happiness to the lives of the people she served, even to the point of self-sacrifice.
I was blessed with a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany Blogging Program in exchange for my honest opinion.
You can read my review of book 1 The Lost Heiress
and book 2 The Reluctant Duchess
Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile--even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well how the dangerous Fire Eyes diamonds have haunted her brother and their friends, and she won't wait for peril to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.
Lord James Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life . . . but that proves complicated when old acquaintances pull Cayton into their desperate attempt to seize the jewels. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her--and his daughter--from those intent on destroying them all?
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About the Author:
pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of nine novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia.
Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.