Third book in The Daughters of Bainbridge House series, “A Reluctant Courtship” leaps right into action with the first sentence. My attention was captured immediately and was held until the very last word.  Heroine Honore Bainbridge has a less than perfect reputation due to her somewhat naive association with two different men who to her surprise turned out to be a murderer and a traitor. Sent to the family country estate in order to distance her from the scandal, she becomes acquainted with Lord Ashmoor who has a reputation of his own to mend. Acknowledging that a match between them is impossible, Honore nevertheless offers to help Ashmoor clear his father’s name as well as discover who is responsible for helping French prisoners escape and possibly smuggling.

I loved both of the primary characters. Despite her penchant for trouble, Honore had a compassionate heart and the desire to do the right thing. Lord Ashmoor also had a good heart and chose time and again to stand up for Honore when doing so cost him the respect of the very people he needed on his side. The plot was suspenseful, humorous, and romantic with clever twists and surprises. A secondary romance was a welcome bonus. Honore and Lord Ashmoor find courage and peace as they seek to follow the leading of the Lord and their hearts.

“A Reluctant Courtship” is a fine end to the series and I recommend it and each of the previous novels in the series. All three can stand alone but what fun to read them all. I am looking forward to the next offering from this talented author.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


A Reluctant CourtshipA woman without a prospect. A man without a homeland.
Can love give them a future?

Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family’s country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome–what more could a girl ask for?

But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. If he’s to keep out of a British prison himself and secure his place in British society, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach–something the vexingly beautiful Honore certainly is not. Though they find themselves drawn to each other, family obligations may conspire to keep them apart forever.

For the sake of her heart, Honore determines to prove Ashmoor’s innocence–even if doing so risks her own life.

From the first sentence, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts you into high drama amid the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, and keeps you suspended there until the final page.
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Laurie Alice Eakes“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of  bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author. To date, she has sixteen books in print with five more under contract for release over the next two years. Eight of her books have been published in large print editions, one as a Crossings Bookclub hardcover edition, and one book has been put into Braille.

A graduate of Asbury University with a degree in English and French, and Seton Hill University, with a masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction, she also writes articles in writers publications, teaches writing workshops, and gives inspirational talks.

>She lives in Texas with her husband, dogs, and cats. She enjoys long walks, all too rare rainy days, and knitting—rather badly—while watching movies or listening to music.

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