Surrender Series: Surrender of Trust
by Mariel Grey
I typically don’t read historical novels, however, this series caught my attention. This series by Mariel Grey is set in the Georgian era, a time of horse drawn carts, men and women in society and where manners and being proper was expected. In Volume I, Lucy and Chalifour discover that love does exist in a world where people marry each other based on their station in life.
Lucy and her twin brother Lucien were all each other had in the world. Their mother had left when they were little and their father, a horse breeder, recently passed away. Lucien had taken over the family business and Lucy helped as much as she could.
When Lucien gets in an accident that almost takes his life, Lucy has to ward off a blackmailer and keep a deal going with the Marquess of Chalifour. Lucy had no information on the deal that Lucien was making with Chalifour except what she read on the contract. Not knowing if it was a good deal or not, she signed as her brother since he was unconscious. This was illegal and risky.
With the blackmail hanging over her head and the deal with Chalifour, Lucy had to confide in someone. That someone was her best friend, Lady Monique. The two women solve problems as they arise until they couldn’t anymore. Lucy confides in Chalifour, whom by this time has fallen in love with her.
Lucy never intended to marry, but after meeting and falling in love with Chalifour, she found that marriage to her Marquess was not only the right move but one that would make her happy for the rest of their lives.
If you like a great love story, try out Surrender of Trust by Mariel Grey. It will give you hope for a lifetime love, regardless of the obstacles involved.
Lucy Goodwin knows more about horse breeding than a proper young lady should. Her brother’s thoroughbred business has given her purpose and independence, but when an accident leaves her solely in charge, despair and destruction threaten her every move. Trapped in an impossible position, Lucy must do the right thing and watch their dreams crumble, or save their livelihood at a cost too great to bear.
Lord Philip Lyton, Marquess of Chalifour is a member of the prestigious Jockey Club, dedicated to eliminating cheating in horse racing. Trouble raises its ugly head when his business partner falls foul of an accident and he’s suddenly forced to deal with the man’s sister, who seems alarmingly out of her depth. Chalifour respects Lucy’s steely resolve, but knows that single-mindedness can be the most dangerous trait of all.
She might be beautiful and beguiling, but Lucy Goodwin is keeping secrets and Chalifour is determined to find out what they are.
Can be read as a stand-alone read.
Call her a romantic–or a fool, Lady Monique Cathdon is determined to marry for love. After watching her parents tolerate an arranged betrothal, life seems too short to be wasted on keeping up appearances.
After all, what’s the point of having a heart if one refuses to follow it?
With a smile the devil himself might be proud of, James Stanton is not what her mother would call a matrimonial prospect. Still, there’s something about the young man that sends Lady Monique’s heart thumping around her chest, and silences her voice of reason.
Unfortunately for Lady Monique, the stakes are high, and young ladies of the ton make for very poor gamblers. Especially when James Stanton is on the hunt for revenge, and won’t let an innocent woman–or his own passionate desires–get in the way of righting past wrongs.
Can be read as a stand-alone read.
About the author
Though entirely at home in the ballrooms and street alleys of London past, Mariel Grey is currently working on a contemporary story set in Florida, a landscape dear to the author’s heart. When she isn’t conjuring words on her computer screen, Grey can be found on the water fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying the incredible natural beauty of her home.
Mariel has a wonderful husband (the hero of her own romantic story) as well as two mischievous rescue kittens (who are quite happy to play the role of villains). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the Romance Writers of America and affiliated chapter of the Ancient City Romance Authors.
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