Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Release Day Review: Redeeming The Reclusive Earl by Virginia Heath

Redeeming the Reclusive Earl by Virginia Heath

His heart is a fortress… And she’s trespassing!
After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world—until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she’s prepared to dig—so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars?

Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall wants to live a quiet life and most importantly, alone. After surviving a horrific accident, leaving him physically scarred, he's withdrawn from society after giving up his career at sea. Instead, he's found refuge at the estate he's inherited from his uncle Richard. Unfortunately, much to his irritation, he finds out a neighbour is trespassing his land. Even worse, she's female.

Euphemia "Effie" Nithercott is passionate about what she believes in, and it's a lot! Highly intelligent, she spends her days excavating a site on Earl of Rivenhall's estate. That's until the new earl forbids her to continue her work. Frustrated by the new owner's lack of understanding, Effie won't take no for an answer. Infuriatingly, neither will back down from their opinion, but as time passes and the two spend more time together, each begins to understand the other's point of view.

I did foresee how the narrative would evolve, however, the author skilfully keeps readers enthralled with Effie and Max's relationship as it unfolds. It highlights the personal struggles the protagonists are suffering but as time passes, after many irritating conversations, both finally find common ground and mutual respect. It began as a battle of wills but thankfully ends in a meaningful and unexpected relationship. The dialogue clearly accentuates the frustration and determination of both perfectly. It's full of humour, compassion and empathy.

Encased in a well-thought-out plot, full of fascinating information and detail,
Redeeming the Reluctant Earl is another fabulous novel by one of my favourite authors.

***arc generously received courtesy of Harlequin Historical via Rachel's Random Resources*** 

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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