I was interested to read debut author's Paige Edwards' new romantic suspense Catherine's Intrigue because the back copy looked, well, intriguing! And the story lived up to the title!
We are introduced to Catherine Pressley-Coombes when she travels to England and is looking for one of her ancestors. Her brother lets her drive his sports car and she isn't used to the driving rules in England and accidentally ends up in a ditch. A nice farmer comes along and tows them out, but he turns out to be the heir to an earldom and very attracted to Catherine. She feels a connection, too, but there are conspiracies afoot as someone does not want Catherine to find her ancestor and will do anything to stop her. Can Catherine and Nick work together to uncover secrets long buried and take a chance on love?
I really enjoyed the way the author used authentic British terms and, being a Canadian myself, saw many familiar ones. Like a little bit of home in a book! Our heroine, Catherine, is strong, yet vulnerable, and is always trying to do the right thing. I liked her realistic interactions with her brother and how she was knowledgable, yet humble. She was easy to relate to and readers will cheer for her to get her happy ending. Nick was a dreamy hero, who had just the right balance of charm and integrity. He's got a lot on his plate, combined with his position in the nobility and community, but he handles it well, most of the time. He is flawed, but a sweet and swoonworthy hero.
The secondary cast was drawn well, even the villains, which adds depth to the plot and ramps up the suspense. This is an LDS romance and the religious practices are featured prominently in the story. There were a lot of POVs and characters to keep straight, but I thought the author handled a complicated suspense plot and realistically intertwined it with the romance. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.
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Here's the back copy:
Nick is certainly not the kind of man Catherine would fall for a man dogged by media and rumor. So why does she find the English lord so irresistible? Even though she can't overlook their differing values and beliefs, as she and Nick spend time together, their attraction deepens. While she battles through romantic turmoil, Catherine is beleaguered with far more sinister concerns: a series of unexplainable misfortunes that are not mere accidents. With her heart on the line, Catherine discovers her life is in jeopardy, and she has no idea who the perpetrator is but she has a growing suspicion that the danger might be connected to whatever secrets lie hidden in her ancestor's diary.
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