The Lady He Lost

Sourcebooks Casablanca. Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781728290638. pap. $16.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
DEBUT It’s been two years since Miss Jane Bishop lost the man who she could not love: Lieutenant Eli Williams, who was engaged to Jane’s cousin and tragically disappeared in a shipwreck. The success of her secret gambling club for the ladies of the ton keeps her motivated, and she can see her future as a comfortably situated single woman. Eli’s sudden reappearance throws everything in Jane’s carefully crafted life off-kilter and creates more risk than she is used to taking. Clearing his military reputation of the whispers of desertion, repairing his status as a living member of society, and getting back into Jane’s good graces are Eli’s main goals. Between his family’s drama, the navy’s enquiries, and a mysterious figure from his time while shipwrecked, Eli is struggling with one problem after another. In over his head with half-truths and the threat of being court-martialed, Jane is his only hope to survive with both his reputation and his heart intact.
VERDICT A fun and sexy historical. It is perfect for fans of empowered women and their supportive men, similar to Tessa Dare’s “Spindle Cove” series.
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